Let’s face it. The many constrained probable matchup in a NBA’s Western Conference playoffs would array a Golden State Warriors opposite a Houston Rockets.
Well, Houston did a part, expelling a Utah Jazz 4-1 in their first-round series. James Harden scored 26 in a hard-fought Game 5, 100-93.
Now, a Warriors have to follow suit, shutting out a Clippers in their possess Game 5 during Oracle Arena Wednesday night.
If all goes as predicted, Steph Curry and Harden will lead their infantry into another playoff battle, starting as shortly as Sunday afternoon. Golden State binds home justice advantage, so Games 1 and 2 would occur here in Oakland.
Houston, of course, acted a biggest jump to a Warriors’ championship run final season, holding a fortifying champs to 7 games in a Western Conference finals.
It was hard-fought basketball, adjacent on nauseous during times, with Harden winning a round and sketch fouls during an shocking rate.
Kevin Durant led a approach for a Warriors, attack dagger threes and averaging over 30 points a game. Harden scored over 28 a contest, gripping gait with his repute as a top-three actor in a league.
Many people trust a Rockets have developed as a group this season, with Harden distributing a round some-more and involving his teammates better. That positively seemed to be a box during a unchanging season, when a Rockets took 3 out of 4 contests from a Warriors. Then again, Golden State had pivotal players missing.
Regardless, remember this: The Rockets haven’t been to a tip of a towering given winning back-to-back titles in 1994 and ’95. To get behind there, they’ll have to travel by Oakland once again.
Al Saracevic is Sports Editor of The San Francisco Chronicle. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org