Houston Rockets: 3 takeaways from Game 7 vs. Warriors

30 May 2018, 04:33 | Kristine Mills

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Kevin Durant is in Golden State now, Kyrie Irving isn't with the Cavaliers anymore, the benches are very different particularly in Cleveland's case.

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

LeBron James is still the best player in the National Basketball Association, but there was a time people thought it was Durant.

James has not only played 100 games this season, but he's gone 100 in a row. Although the Cavs eventually took the series, both teams had plenty of ups and downs on both ends of the floor, Cleveland just had more ups than downs throughout the seven games.

The Warriors are 12-point favorites to win Thursday's Game 1, the largest spread in a Finals game since 1991, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Love left Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals after colliding with Jayson Tatum and didn't play in Cleveland's Game 7 win over the Boston Celtics.

LeBron James reached the NBA Finals for the eighth straight time after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an epic 87-79 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

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"I told [trainer] Chelsea Lane during the game that I rolled my ankle badly, and I don't feel a thing right now".

"First of all, they've done that all year against everybody", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said of the Warriors' third-quarter surge.

Others aside, the fatigue factor for LeBron James can't be ignored. The Rockets host the seventh game of the West finals on Monday night. "Just reminds me a lot of guys I played with back in the day when you see Horace Grant, Robert Horry, Derek Fisher, just something about winning a championship with those guys that you will never forget, and it's a bond that can't be broken". Golden State beat Cleveland in five games last spring, then cruised through the regular season and beat a tough (if banged up) Rockets team in the Western Conference Finals. Even if LeBron is playing 48 minutes every night and forcing Steve Kerr to send more help than he'd like to, even if Cleveland's shooters are reliable all series, do you believe in this Cavs team stopping Golden State consistently? But he was eliminated in the playoffs by James before he was with the Warriors, and that grudge could still be there to this day.

For two straight games, the third quarter officiating has been rough to say the least.

"We approach the series looking to win", Lue said on a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, just prior to the Cavs' departure to Oakland.



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