Houston Rockets: How to break the Chris Paul Curse


This is the first time since 2014 - a span of 15 series - where Golden State will have to play Game 1 on the road.

Houston lost to the Warriors 4-1 when they last reached the conference finals in 2015.

But even for his Houston Rockets teammates, what they saw from him Tuesday night was on another level. However, the Warriors scored 18.7 points per game from Cuts and 11 points per game from Off Screens against the Rockets during the regular season.

The win made the Rockets advance to the Western Conference finals. Paul's 2017-18 stats lined up nearly exactly with his career stats and he actually took more field goal attempts per game than he did last season. They were eager to talk about Paul's dominant performance, including a playoff career-high 41 points, in a 112-102 victory in Game 5 that eliminated the Jazz. Throughout the series, I felt an odd envy towards fans of the New Orleans Pelicans. I haven't forgotten that the Warriors were down 3-1 in the 2016 Western Conference finals against the Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City team.

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Paul was instrumental in building a halftime advantage for the Rockets, snapping a 43-all tie with two free throws before drilling consecutive 3s inside the final minute of the first half.

This season the Golden State Warriors took a slight step backwards as they were mired by minor injuries at times. They finished the regular season averaging 1.336 points per Cut possession [5] and 1.131 points per Off Screen possession [1], and though their efficiency in both areas has dipped slightly in the postseason, their usage has climbed.

The NBA has been anticipating a 2018 Western Conference Finals matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets for months. It opened with a 5-game series win over the seventh-seeded San Antonio Spurs.

Later, Thompson avoids a Clint Capela screen, stays in front of Harden after two changes of direction, absorbs contact on another barreling drive and manages to keep his hands away from Harden's body again until it's time to use them to block a weak layup attempt. However, they returned home and grinded out a 99-91 victory to move on to the next round.

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"Obviously you want to build your team to beat the defending champs because that's usually how you've got to go to get a championship, the way you've got to go". All was forgotten after winning the next three games by double digits themselves, setting up the showdown that begins this upcoming weekend. Mitchell also developed an ability to take over games offensively late in the season, giving the Jazz a boost at critical times. The Cavaliers and Celtics are set to battle in the Eastern finals, but there is little reason to believe Kyrie Irving-less Cleveland is better suited to knock off Golden State than last season's team. The Warriors defeated the Pelicans, 113-104.

The Warriors remain perhaps the most unique team in the National Basketball Association to defend as they have cemented themselves as the gold standard for off ball offense.

Curry has owned his recent matchups with Chris Paul, but you can expect Paul to play hard this series and with a chip on his shoulder.

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