It's Warriors over Rockets - odds

It's Warriors over Rockets - odds

It's Warriors over Rockets - odds

As well as Harden has scored in one-on-one situations, Chris Paul has been nearly as impressive in terms of efficiency averaging 1.101 points per Isolation possession [91 percentile] to go along with 1.022 points per Pick & Roll Ball Handler possession [92 percentile].

As well as advancing to the Conference Finals for the first time in his career, according to ESPN, the Rockets point guard now joins the legendary Chicago Bulls star as the only two players throughout National Basketball Association history to have accomplished a certain feat. Fourteen months after that emotional farewell, the Sonics moved to town, and everyone from Hugo the Hornet to Chris Paul became, in the words of Natalie Cole, someone that we used to love. With Paul, Harden and Ariza, they have three guys that can shoot, alongside Paul's facilitation of the offense.

Only once in those three-plus seasons have the Warriors lost a playoff series - and it took the greatest player of his generation, LeBron James, leading his team back from a three-games-to-one deficit in the NBA Finals, aided by a Draymond Green suspension. It is not as if Houston is taking so many shots inefficiently from beyond the arc that this should be considered a team hurling as much poop against a wall, hoping to see what sticks. Favors bounced back after a pair of injury-plagued seasons and averaged 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds and accepted a more complementary role this season. He was a throw-it-in-the-hoop shooting guard.

The Rockets were able to close out the series despite Harden, the front-runner for MVP, being under the weather.

The two worldwide point guards - Rubio is from Spain, while Exum is from Australia - will miss Game 5 Tuesday night with hamstring strains. Houston's best output was 113 in Game 3.

And Wednesday night, we saw Paul in all his versatile glory. There is nothing attractive about James Harden moving slightly in front of a defender to earn three shots at the line, there is nothing handsome about P.J. Tucker or Eric Gordon extinguishing the Jazz's playoff life, there is nothing lovely about seeing Chris Paul hit midrange, elbow jumper after midrange, elbow jumper.

The Jazz, playing without their two top point guards (the injured Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum), gamely stayed in the game even after star Donovan Mitchell was injured in the fourth quarter. What was good enough in the regular season may not be in the playoffs. Their greatest number of points scored was 123 in Game 1, a 22-point margin of victory. Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker chipped in 24 and 20 points, respectively. Chris Paul pushed the Clippers a lot farther than they should have ever made it. But when asked what was wrong with him, Harden said he was fine. Rubio has missed the entire series with his injury, and Exum was injured in the third quarter of Game 5. "Especially for an opportunity like he's never had before, he went to go get it. Even in the beginning of the year when I got here, it was just thinking a lot, trying to be flawless, trying to make the right play rather than just being aggressive, so I'm continuing to watch film, working out with the coaches and finding myself again slowly". He got in his bag and he called everybody off.

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