Draymond Green sneaks into Pelicans huddle in Game 5

Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry

Whoever is in the way of that goal, then we got to see you.

Draymond Green emphatically shot down the idea the Golden State Warriors were looking to face the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will face the Houston Rockets for a place in the National Basketball Association finals after the Western Conference heavyweights wrapped up series wins Tuesday. A series win over the Rockets would make them a heavy favorite to win their third National Basketball Association championship in four seasons. Houston eliminated Utah in its Game 5 earlier Tuesday.

What's that saying about how 80 percent of life is showing up? Of course LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were phenomenal, but when breaking down why the Warriors fell short, a common rationale is repeated ad nauseam: "Well, Steph wasn't himself". That doesn't mean he's 100 percent, though. "As long as we keep having games, I'll keep getting better". "I think the people are gonna have a great time watching that series".

"Yeah, I feel good". Like I've said before, all that stuff is cool.

After more than 10 months of playing, posturing and some pontificating, it really is that simple.

His presence is a game-changer when it comes to the sheer star power in this series.

A sports psychologist could have a field day with this matchup.

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"We won two championships in three years, we're not about to run off talking about how bad we want to play somebody, we want to win another championship", Green said.

"Every series you play, it gets harder and harder and harder", said Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who is seeking a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals and third ring in four years. So even with Durant just two seasons into his part in this Warriors story, do they have the edge and the will to keep it going?

This Rockets team was assembled - the key being the trade for Paul last summer - with hopes of unseating the reigning champion Warriors from their perch atop the National Basketball Association. It has pushed the pace and dealt with San Antonio slowing things way down.

Which was not going to be easy - Anthony Davis went off for 34 points and 19 rebounds trying to will his team to another win.

Paul's haul included 20 points in the fourth quarter. His desire to play for it all had everything to do with his move to Houston last summer, and this is his chance to follow through.

In his first season in New Orleans, he helped his team reach the second round of the playoffs by averaging 8.3 points, 8.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. He added eight assists and seven rebounds in Game 5. A year later, the Warriors were winning the first of two titles since.

While Houston will have home court advantage after finishing the regular season on top of the Western Conference, the Warriors once again showed signs they are peaking at the right time. The Warriors were 29-12 on the road.

The results couldn't have worked out better for the Warriors, who needed only five games each to dispatch the Spurs and the Pelicans, and they now look to be at full strength, peaking when it matters most, as they head into their showdown with Houston. But we're definitely looking forward to it.

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