Three takeaways from the Warriors' Game 7 comeback win over the Rockets

May 29, 2018, 10:09
Three takeaways from the Warriors' Game 7 comeback win over the Rockets

Now, the Warriors find themselves in the position that malaise has left them: facing a Game 7 here at Toyota Center against the Houston Rockets, who led the National Basketball Association with 65 victories this season.

The Golden State Warriors are headed to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year after defeating the Houston Rockets 101-92 in a thrilling Game 7.

The MVP frontrunner promptly got skewered on social media for the perceived lack of sportsmanship.

Paul will be officially listed as "questionable" for Monday's series finale, but Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni says it will be "probably doubtful" that he plays.

James and the Cavaliers secured their spot in the 2018 NBA Finals on Sunday, with a late surge that led them over the youthful and injury-plagued Celtics in Boston 87-79, in a thrilling Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals series.

Hell hath no fury like the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter. "We knew it was a long shot".

But if they don't - if they allow the Rockets to get going from three-point range and get their hometown crowd behind them, and go into the fourth quarter in a close game - Golden State's season could very easily be over in a few short hours.

The Warriors trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half Saturday night before using a splendid second half to roll to a 115-86 victory.

Maybe it's as simple as a team not being able to sustain that level of intensity for 48 minutes, so they subconsciously dial it back in the first half.

The Warriors outscored Houston 122-63 in the second half of the final two games.

D'Antoni said they made the decision because: "He couldn't explode".

"It's going to be fun", Stephen Curry said.

Sportsbooks have already installed the Cavs as huge 12-point spread underdogs for Game 1 of the finals.

Head to the comments section with who you think will win tonight's game! It will be a summer of what-could-have-been for the Rockets, who couldn't finish off the Warriors without Paul after putting them on the ropes.

"They're going to bring it", he said.

As we watched the first half on Monday, we tried to convince ourselves that this time would be different - that the Warriors were playing with fire by relying on their trademark third-quarter run, and that perhaps with the pressure of Game 7 on the road, their blasé first-half effort would finally catch up to them.

"Our guys have a ton of character and a ton of competitiveness, desire", he said.

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