Cleveland may be in the NBA Finals, but it's the weakest the team has looked during any of its recent trips. James Harden couldn't handle the offensive burden without Paul, and talent eventually won out.
Harden already has started setting goals for next season, and according to several team sources, he has spent the last day-and-a-half with Paul, discussing plans to work out in the offseason and ideas for 2018-19. "When I get the opportunity, I've got to make the best of it". Let's go. Let's go.
"We're still without Andre, which is a big blow for us", Kerr said before Monday's Game 7 at Houston.
Once the buzzer sounded and the 101-92 Game 7 win over Houston was official, the Warriors could exhale.
Missing out on the final two games will eat away at the nine-time All-Star throughout the summer but the Rockets have shown they can compete with the reigning champs.
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Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni knew Ryan Anderson was a defensive liability against Golden State.
James, who played all 82 regular season games for the first time in his career, has been balling out of his mind in the playoffs. But relying on such a limited rotation was wearing down the heavily used players.
What if the Rockets hit a few more 3-pointers - or any 3-pointers?"At least one (year), maybe one or two seasons - me, Melo, D-Wade, CP - we can get a year in".
The loud "thud" was the injury to Chris Paul in the waning minutes of Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on a play where he was performing a series of pump fakes/shakes, causing a partial tear to his hamstring. Other players already looked tired, and divvying Anderson's minutes among them would have only exacerbated the problem. Golden State should still have too much for Cleveland even without Igoudala, but his absence could make life marginally easier for the Cavs' offense. The Warriors are built to exploit almost any flaw in their opponents.
But the Warriors are always the better team - and perhaps because of that, this Golden State squad has the nasty habit of playing disengaged, entitled basketball, trusting that they can play a one good quarter (or half of a quarter) and win.