Steve Kerr Bluntly Explains Why Rockets Don't Have Edge Over Warriors

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"We won two championships in three years", Green said.

The Rockets will meet Golden State after the Warriors closed out their series against the New Orleans Pelicans later Tuesday night.

The Rockets are the Warriors most formidable rival they have faced in the last four seasons.

Houston is a 2-point favorite in Game 1 of the series, which is slated for Monday. That allowed Houston to compile the NBA's best record in the regular season, as well as two out of three wins against Golden State.

The Warriors now have multiple highly-paid players on their roster, including Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant (expected to opt out and sign a new deal), and Klay Thompson, who's now in talks with the team about an extension.

"They have made it known that their team is built to beat us". Not only is Golden State's SRS almost half of what it was the past few seasons, this year marks the first time since 2015 it is lower than its opponent.

On the other hand, the Warriors have just reintegrated two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) Stephen Curry into the lineup after missing five weeks due to left knee medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain.

This series has everything. And no matter what happens in that series, it's going to be better than what we get to see between the victor and the Eastern champ in the NBA Finals.

"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.

And that's why all that ennui from the regular season might be a good thing for the Warriors now that the "real season" is here.

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This the second time these two teams have met in the postseason. Their least amount of points scored was 100, a win while holding Utah to 87 in Game 4. "To me, the hardest championship is the first one, as an individual player and as a team, because you don't know-you don't quite know if you can do it", he said.

Those comments have sat in the minds of the Warriors for five months.

"He's gotten to the point where he's a legitimate threat on both sides of the floor and I think he's somebody that might make it that you might have to stay big if you're Golden State", Griffin said.

"That's all fine and dandy, in January", he said. You try to hold them to a low field-goal percentage.

It's tough to get charged up for a mid-February game against, let's say, the Suns.

While he wouldn't talk about finally getting over the second-round hump, he had no problem discussing how much he's enjoying this season.

Kevin Durant went so far as to call starting off the series on the road "cool".

It remains to be seen if the dynamic backcourt duo of the Houston Rockets in James Harden and Chris Paul plus head coach Mike D'Antoni's run-and-gun offense can match the firepower of the Golden State Warriors' formidable lineup.

It's been business as usual for the defending champions even before Steph Curry returned.

Enter the Houston Rockets. That means the final four is now set in the National Basketball Association playoffs. We want to win another championship, and don't matter who is in the way of that. If you in the way of that, you happen to be in the way.

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