Cavaliers, Warriors Lead Charge Into NBA's Final Four

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But the emergence of Clint Capela as an elite two-way player in the middle with capable shooters on the wing has seemingly pushed them to new heights.

While those odds at +800 are quite a bit longer than the four teams above them, this is still more than a bit eye-opening.

His Rockets teammates saw it a little differently. The Warriors, meanwhile, had an adjusted scoring margin of 5.8 per game, which means if these two teams met on a neutral court the Rockets should be favored by 2.4 points. Paul was seen as a flawless point guard for head coach Mike D'Antoni's run-and-gun system, but how would he handle splitting ball-handling duties with Harden? "[To have] an opportunity for him that he's never had before". You've got to go out there and play. On Jan. 20, Paul made 6 of 11 3s against the Warriors, and had 33 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. "There have been bigger upsets in sports history".

"The performance that Chris put out there - if he didn't make it out this time, something's wrong", Coach Mike D'Antoni said. They opened with a 5-game series win over the eighth-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves and followed that up with 5-game win over the fifth-seeded Utah Jazz. Harden didn't play in the second matchup of the season, a Rockets' loss.

"It's just fun", he said.

Against the New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State averaged 115 points in five games, giving up 106.4. Paul took more shots at the rim and more three-pointers than previous years, and while his percentage of shots from 16 feet to the three-point line decreased, his shots from 10-16 feet increased slightly, according to Basketball-Reference. The Dubs learned this during the regular season after losing 2 out of 3 games to them, with their lone win coming on the road.

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"Unhappy with the results, but happy with everybody as a whole", Mitchell said. Eastern for the start of the Eastern Conference Finals. It was a formula built to stop Golden State, but one that also took care of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Jazz in five games each. Their least amount of points scored was 100, a win while holding Utah to 87 in Game 4. Paul had always been a master of mid-range jumpers and point guard post-ups. Rudy Gobert missed 26 games during the regular season because of a knee injury. Around them are a series of physical, switchable forwards Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah A Moute and P.J. Tucker.

"He's a brother of mine, so I'm happy to see him finally get to the conference finals".

If the Warriors can return to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year, they could meet the Cavs once again. The Bulls did so from April 27, 1990, to May 21, 1991.

These two teams met three times this season, with Houston winning two of the three meetings. The Pelicans shaved the lead to seven points with two minutes left on a basket by Davis before Draymond Green's turnaround fadeaway moments later.

Some say the Rockets head into the Western Conference finals with a slight edge over the Warriors, but Golden State coach Steve Kerr isn't necessarily buying it.

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