Kevin Durant Thought Mike D'Antoni Said Rockets Win with Chris Paul

Kevin Durant Thought Mike D'Antoni Said Rockets Win with Chris Paul

Kevin Durant Thought Mike D'Antoni Said Rockets Win with Chris Paul

The Golden State Warriors advanced to their fourth straight NBA Finals with a 101-92 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.

On one side, the best team of this era.

Kerr said the raw talent of the Warriors line-up, with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson suddenly clicking, was decisive. Somebody asked, 'It's four years in a row getting to The Finals, do you appreciate it?' Yes, because it's really hard.

Both teams are entering this title matchup with injury concerns.

In response to Gordon's comments about Paul, Steve Kerr claimed that the series would never have reached seven games if Iguodala had remained healthy.

Stop me if you've heard this one: The Golden State Warriors will play the Cleveland Cavaliers in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

Particularly if the Cavs play LeBron James at "center" - as we saw in last year's Finals - or even if they play deadline acquisition Larry Nance (or Kevin Love, to a certain degree) - the Cavs' roster has better length and versatility on the defensive end now. So it will be interesting to see how competitive LeBron James can make this Finals. "It's been good, it's been bad".

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates a play in Game 7 against the Boston Celtics on May 27. The Cavs might follow the Rockets' gameplan and try to slow things down to a crawl against Golden State, and not having Iguodala could swing a few possessions towards the Cavs. It's unclear if the 2015 NBA Finals MVP will return for Game 1 on Thursday, but if he does it will give Golden State a boost in trying to slow down James.

"I think it was just a level of experience and maturity from our group that helped us get to the finish line", Curry said.

The Warriors' coach claimed that had Igoudala been fit, his team would've beaten Houston in five games instead of needing a Game 7. "Two games, Games 6 and 7".

To reach this point was no easy task for either Cleveland or Golden State. The Rockets averaged 223.9 passes in the playoffs, almost 80 fewer per game than Golden State. "As a result of that, we got a double-digit lead going into halftime".

"We've got the right formula". With the championship round just an arm's reach away, the Rockets are ready to retool and take another stab at the Finals next year.

Cleveland was only 50-32 this season. Regardless, this is about as weird of a postgame story as you're going to find. To be clear, here we're looking at the raw differential, not per 100 possessions. This season was no cakewalk for them, either. As in, LeBron James may be king, but Steph Curry clearly rules.

The offense isn't the only reason for the Warriors' success.

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