Chris Paul is finally heading to the Western Conference Finals

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"We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them", he told ESPN.

However, after what seems like an eternity, the season is finally over and the playoffs have begun.

The betting odds favoring Golden State came despite its two losses to Houston in the two teams' three regular season meetings where the Warriors were odds on picks to prevail. If he is unable to play well, then the Rockets will be favored to win. If the Cavaliers shoot like they did against the Raptors, there's not much that you can do, but if you force the Cavalier offense to through James and take away his passing lanes, you have a chance.

Donovan Mitchell scored 25 before fouling out and Joe Ingles had 15 for the Jazz. The offseason's Kyrie Irving trade made sure of that, and veteran sharpshooter Kyle Korver has become the Cavs' third option. Rudy Gobert turned in his best game of the series with 12 points, nine boards, and five blocks. The Warriors have been stealing W's more than 60 percent of the time.

This was a ton of people's preseason prediction for the Eastern Conference Finals, but what a ride it was to get here. The Golden State Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs 116-101. Kerr pointed to the team's winning experience - and desire to earn more of it - as a point in Golden State's favor. Without a healthy Curry, Golden State could be vulnerable to an upset.

The Warriors made it to the Finals at the expense of the New Orleans Pelicans in five games, 4-1, while the Rockets advanced through the same 4-1 count over the Utah Jazz. All he did was register 28 points in 27 minutes as the Warriors outscored the Pelicans by 26 points during his time on the court.

The concession, of course, was that if the Warriors and Rockets faced each other in the long-anticipated and almost-inevitable Western Conference Finals, the series would start in Houston.

Sixteen days before the National Basketball Association landscape was changed by the trade that sent Chris Paul from the Clippers to Houston, the Rockets' general manager made it clear that they were coming for the champs.

Or, as some consider it, the real NBA Finals, since it features the defending champs against a Houston team that finished 65-17, the best record in the league. Coach Brad Stevens is a huge part of the Celtics' success as he continues to find ways to get wins. Not only might Stevens be the NBA's best head coach, but he's proving to be as valuable as some star players. All of the wins by both teams were on the road.

It will be Houston's second trip to the Western Conference finals in four years and the first ever for Paul.

Thursday, May 24: Golden State at Houston, 9 p.m. How the Warriors could even go about paying James anything close to a reasonable contract is seemingly impossible, unless they make a change to their current roster. High alleys from Rajon Rondo to Anthony Davis against the Portland Trailblazers and the Golden State Warriors.

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