Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Warriors favored over Rockets, who have home court

Warriors favored over Rockets, who have home court

The defending champions are serious about a repeat title and took one step closer to that goal.

He's right on all counts, particularly on the talking.

Tickets for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Curry led the scoring for the reigning National Basketball Association champions Warriors in a 113-104 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in Oakland, sealing the best-of-seven series 4-1. "I think it will be very entertaining".

The fit-again Curry played 37 minutes, and was heavily involved in a devastating burst of scoring in the third quarter which ultimately took the game away from the Pelicans. But we're definitely looking forward to it.

Those NBA Finals victories over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were sandwiched around a seven-game loss to the Cavs in 2016.

"The whole world's been waiting for this matchup", Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal said in his role as an analyst Tuesday night on TNT. They'll also need to temper the indeterminable impact of Green for the Warriors, who has spent a lot of time facilitating for Golden State this postseason, and do what the Pelicans couldn't and find a solution for Durant.

Durant became irate when Nikola Mirotic made a late, hard bump on a 3-point try with 5:23 left in the first - a play that was reviewed and Mirotic received just a common foul.

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Both teams are healthy for this one, which is something that didn't always happen in the regular season. "Timing could still get a little bit better with the ball and things like that when you start to get so excited, still when I'm out there missing six weeks is still appreciative of being out there playing". The second-seeded Golden State Warriors are on the road for Game 1 of their best of seven set with the top-seeded Houston Rockets Monday night.

"I've been here through the tough times and I've been here through the good times", said Favors, who has been with the Jazz the last 7 1/2 seasons.

Crystallizing Houston's most-overlooked player, Clint Capela, against Golden State's scant centers, could be this ring-driven roster's paramount piece in undermining the Warriors front and backcourt.

With Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala in the starting lineup, the Warriors have two players who can match up pretty well with the Rockets' pair of guards. "So following that trend for sure".

A ticket to see the Warriors at home in the West Finals has the highest asking price of the decade - $976 - while a ticket to see the Rockets at home ranks second at $957. And after Houston beat Golden State 122-121 on opening night of the season, that prompted Rockets Coach Mike D'Antoni to turn that phrase back around on Green. And in February, Green told Sports Illustrated that he knew the Rockets were focused on knocking the Warriors off.

"In the first series, we played a slow game against San Antonio then we sped it up this series [against the Pelicans]", Durant said.

Soon, now, has a definitive date.

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