NBA Western Conference Finals Preview

By on May 19, 2015

 

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30, right) shoots the basketball against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23, left) during the second quarter in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Pelicans 106-99.(USA TODAY Sports / Kyle Terada)

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30, right) shoots the basketball against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23, left) during the second quarter in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Pelicans 106-99.(USA TODAY Sports / Kyle Terada)

The matchups are set.  The storylines are being written.  The NBA’s 4 best teams from the regular season have reached the conference finals and for each of them, history is at stake.

Golden State vs Houston Rockets

The battle of MVP and MVP runner-up.  For Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors he looks to continue his brilliance and dominance in the NBA playoffs.   Curry is averaging 28.2 ppg in the playoffs and his fellow splash brother Klay Thompson is not far behind averaging 20.7 ppg.  They are the only 2 teammates left in the playoffs averaging over 20 ppg.  Curry is the fastest player in NBA history to make 100 3 pointers in the playoffs.  Outside of Curry, the Warriors are looking to win their first NBA Championship in 39 years and help Steve Kerr be the first head coach since 1982 to win the NBA Championship in his first year of coaching.

The Rockets, led by James Harden have had a rougher path to the conference finals.  If it was not for a choke job by the Los Angeles Clippers the Houston Rockets would be sitting at home right now.  The Rockets are looking to win their first NBA Championship since 1995.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots the ball as Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) defends during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena.  (USA TODAY Sports /  Mark D. Smith)

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots the ball as Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) defends during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (USA TODAY Sports / Mark D. Smith)

The Warriors have the advantage in this series.  Houston defense has been suspect throughout the playoffs allowing opponents to score 111.5 points per game compared to 94 points being allowed by Golden State.  Like the Warriors, Houston is a team that lives and dies by the 3 pointer.  Unfortunately for the Rockets, the Warriors are holding opponents to less than 30% from beyond the arc.

Golden State will be too much for the Rockets.  Golden State wins the series in 6 games and moves on to the NBA Championship.

But who will their opponent be?

 

 

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