Lebron takes Cavaliers to 4th NBA Finals in a row

Sherman Parsons
May 29, 2018

The Houston Rockets fell to the Golden State Warriors 101-92 on Monday night in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals at the Toyota Center, falling apart in the second half and blowing a 15-point lead. "And we absolutely figured the only way we're gonna beat 'em is with a barrage of 3-pointers, and it's probably going to be a 124-120 affair if we're going to get past them". "It's what you play for, to be in a situation where you're one win away from going to the finals".

Game 1 begins Thursday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

Following the Warriors win Monday night, NBA twitter was sounding off about having to watch a 4th straight NBA Finals between the Warriors & Cavs, and it's safe to say many people are sick and exhausted of seeing the same old story line. Last February, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey outlined the team's strategy for creating a team that could challenge Golden State in an interview with SiriusXM NBA radio. The Warriors dominated third quarters all season long and have kicked it into another gear during the playoffs. All the Warriors had to do was defend for five seconds, and they'd enter the second half with a single-digit deficit that so often disappears at the feet of their vaunted offense. "This atmosphere is insane".

"As a result of that, we got a double-digit lead going into halftime". While it only led to nine second-chance points because Houston shot just four of 14 on those chances, it was the kind of effort that demoralizes an opponent.

Klay Thompson said their coach, Steve Kerr, walked in and told them the first-half was their worst offensively all season and yet they were only down 11 points. But that second half was something, a lot of wonderful shot-making from some talented players.

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After Draymond Green hit a 3-pointer that took the Warriors within one point with 1:15 to play, Paul isolated on the other end. Nor did it help the Warriors committed 16 turnovers and granted the Rockets multiple trips to the free-throw line (27-of-32).

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"I've always said that this has been one of the most challenging seasons I've had".

Houston had overcome Golden State's Mario Star-like third period earlier in the series during Game 4.

"Because we know we can make an 11-point lead evaporate in two minutes of basketball. We feel like we're really close, and we just need a good summer of work", D'Antoni said. "We had an opportunity tonight and last game without Chris". Capela was a huge factor, hitting seven of eight shots for 14 of his 20 points in the first half. Trevor Ariza finished 0 of 12, including 0 of 9on 3-point tries, while Gerald Green made just 1 of 7 shots.

Yet another third-quarter blitz saved the Warriors' season on Monday night, when Golden State won the West and eliminated the Houston Rockets. We know where we have to go. "And you have to have those momentum changers and stoppers, and the last two games, we didn't have them". The juice was flowing on their side. Had they won Sunday, they would have been the second-youngest Finals team since the advent of the shot clock. Who you got winning it? "They've got it and we've got it". More specifically, it's another NBA Finals appearance in which James's team is an underdog, this time a heavy one. I took umbrage with those.

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