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Former Houston Rockets' star Mario Elie kicks off Game 7

29 May 2018

D'Antoni added that when the Warriors went on runs the Rockets were looking for threes to "keep them at bay", but were unable to connect on the shots.

The Rockets are trying to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995 against a Golden State team that hopes to reach the finals for the fourth straight season.

The Warriors won in 2015 and 2017, while the Cavs claimed the 2016 title.

Cleveland's supporting cast made big contributions at various times throughout the Eastern Conference Finals. You do the math from there. He's averaging 34.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists and playing 41.3 minutes per game. The Warriors are now plus-130 in third quarters during the playoffs, the highest overall scoring margin in a quarter by any team in a postseason during the shot clock era, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

The 33.4 mark is is the PPG average of the next 3players in the Cavaliers roster combined, namely Kevin Love (13.9), Kyle Korver (9.8) and George Hill (9.7). The Rockets also had 21 turnovers compared to Golden State's 10.

The Warriors are battle-tested, and the Western Conference Finals were a flawless example of how Golden State's stars eventually come up big. Throw in a Draymond Green (11.2) while we're at it.

Paul is one of Houston's best on-ball defenders. George Hill went off for 20 points in the team's Game 6 victory.

The third quarter has become the "death quarter" for the Warriors.

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And, for the first time this season, maybe even showed signs of his age (33 years) and 15 seasons in the league. The Celtics thus wasted a 28-point, six-trey performance from Terry Rozier and another 27 from Jaylen Brown .

Yes, the Warriors have outscored opponents in 3rd quarters in the playoffs by 130 points.

It's a amusing proposition, since just a year ago LeBron's Cavs were accused of the same tactic - letting quarters, even games slip away knowing that they could turn on the jets when they had to.

The Warriors appeared to have caught a break with another player. It doesn't matter whether the change is for better or worse. "Winning a championship is hard - so this is a testament to that".

Their early lead provided even more false security for a team that already had to work without Paul in Games 6 and 7; that right hamstring strain suffered in the final minute of the Rockets' Game 5 win ending his season prematurely.

Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook manager Jeff Sherman tweeted Monday night that the Warriors were opening as minus-1,200 favorites, with the Cavaliers at plus-750.

Mirroring the Warriors' lineups may just give the Cavs a little boost matchups-wise.

Social media had some great reactions to this result, which we should have all seen coming (even though the Boston Celtics and Rockets tricked us into believing something else was possible).

Former Houston Rockets' star Mario Elie kicks off Game 7