The Rockets have had a Warriors on their minds all season, so most so that ubiquitous manager Daryl Morey pronounced in Dec that violence them is “the usually thing we consider about.”
Now, with a teams usually days divided from locking horns in a Western Conference finals, a renouned account is that Houston has an corner since it’s a hungrier team. Stars like James Harden and Chris Paul have never won a title; a Warriors have prisoner dual in a past 3 years.
Golden State manager Steve Kerr, though, isn’t shopping into line of thinking.
“No, we like where we are,” Kerr told reporters Thursday forward of Game 1 Monday in Houston. “Our guys have rings. That’s a good position to be in. To me, a hardest championship is a initial one, as an particular actor and as a team, since we don’t know — we don’t utterly know if we can do it.
“Once we get a initial one, there’s a small bit of residence money. But we wish it again since it’s an unimaginable feeling. we like a position. We’re going to go in here meaningful we’re a fortifying champs, meaningful we got a integrate of championships here a final few years. Let’s go get another one. It’s a good feeling to have and to go into a array with.”
The Rockets have a conflicting feeling. Of a stream players on their roster, usually Harden and Trevor Ariza have seemed in a NBA Finals. Harden mislaid in 2012 to a Miami Heat while with a Oklahoma City Thunder; Ariza done dual Finals appearances with a Los Angeles Lakers, winning in ’09.
And afterwards there’s Paul, who assimilated a Rockets final offseason and is now set to play in his initial Western Conference finals after 86 career playoff games. If there’s a quintessentially inspired player, it’s him.
Kerr on Thursday called Paul “a killer, one of a good competitors in a league” and someone who clearly has pushed Houston to new heights in his initial deteriorate there.
“I consider Chris is a apparent disproportion in their group now,” Kerr said. “He gives them a new dimension that they haven’t had before.”
That new dimension pushed Houston to a NBA’s best record (65-17), definition Golden State now will be forced to do something never asked of it during 3 uninterrupted NBA Finals trips — play a Game 1 on a road.
“They are holding a plea and they’re embracing it,” Kerr pronounced of his team. “But we seem to be during a best when we are threatened. That’s been kind of a M.O. of this team. And we’re really threatened.”