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The NBA Western Conference Finals is finally here and it will be the Houston Rockets vs. the Golden State Warriors. The WCF is set to take place Monday May 14th and the entire NBA world is buzzing for the most anticipated matchup since the start of the NBA season. So with these two offensive juggernauts getting set for battle what are the important matchups or players that we need to look out for? Well let’s get right into it.
Why not begin with the two time MVP. Curry has played only four games since his return from injury, but he’ll be one of the more crucial players in this series. As many fans know, Curry is the engine behind Golden State’s offense and can really get the team going in spurts. He’s going to need a big series because we know what Kevin Durant can do offensively. If Curry puts up great scoring numbers, it will be a much easier series for the Warriors.
Curry has owned his recent matchups with Chris Paul, but you can expect Paul to play hard this series and with a chip on his shoulder. Curry tends to struggle with more aggressive defenses so it’s imperative that he looks to attack on offense instead of playing off ball. If there’s an aggressive Curry, the Warriors are almost unbeatable.
The Rockets are somewhere along the lines of 33-5 when James Harden, Clint Capela, and Chris Paul all play. They are close to unbeatable. Now we know Harden and Paul are big time, but Capela has added an excellent defensive presence. And with this series in particular, his play is going to be huge. Warriors are already thin on the front line, but Capela can cause problems for Draymond Green with his rebounding. Capela will be a huge factor in this series as he will be able to give the Rockets second chance points, which they will need to match up with Warriors offense.
Basically the better defensive team will win this series. Point blank. These are the two best offenses in the NBA, but there’s going to have to be stops at certain points to win the game. Warriors have the slight edge here as they are the better defensive team, but Rockets can lock down when they need to as well.
Expect to see more defense being played than many anticipate, particularly in game one where Houston will be energized and Golden State will look to send a message.
Regardless of the defense being played, the excitement of the series will be the offense. The matchups of Steph and Durant vs. James Harden and Chris Paul are almost too exciting to wait for.
The Rockets have wanted the Warriors all season, and now they have them and even though Draymond Green may not feel that the Warriors feel the same, they do and it’s a series we have all been waiting for.
This is a series where James Harden can get redemption for his lack of playoff performances, where Chris Paul can finally beat Steph and advance to the NBA Finals for the first time, where Kevin Durant can bolster his legacy, and Where Steph Curry can have that epic playoff performance that many believe he’s yet to have.
A playoff series full of potential storylines and we are all here for it. Game one begins on Monday and we can only hope to get a competitive and entertaining series. Stay tuned and watch history unfold.