Golden State Warriors: 8 takeaways from Game 7 win vs. Rockets

It's Déjà Vu All Over Again: Warriors To Meet Cavs In NBA Finals

"With that being said, Houston, the majority of the (conference finals) series, they did a very good job defensively following game plan discipline".

The Warriors needed seven games to get past the Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, but they're heavily favored to win another title.

Oddsmakers are in agreement, and have made the Cavaliers a 12-point underdog for Game 1 on Thursday night - the largest point spread for a Finals-opening game since peach baskets. Love was averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds in the playoffs before being injured. The Warriors trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half of Game 7, before mounting a comeback. The absence of All-Star point guard Chris Paul ultimately proved to be one of the pivotal factors in the Warriors returning to the NBA Finals. He's vital to how they play, and it was no coincidence that it took everything they had to get past Houston without him. For their part, the Warriors won a four-year low 58 regular season games.

With largely the same group of players and a few solid additions to the bench, Houston will be primed to come back stronger next year and go toe to toe with the juggernaut from the Bay Area once again.

Basketball Rockets inch closer to dethroning Warriors
He sat out of Game 4 after sustaining his injury when he collided knees with Houston guard James Harden in Game 3 on Sunday. It did not help the Warriors missed key veteran Andre Iguodala for the second consecutive game with a left knee injury.


The fact that this is the fourth year in a row in which the teams are meeting in the final - an unprecedented streak in major North American pro sports - can be looked at either way. When presented with that information, Warriors coach Steve Kerr responded by saying that Golden State would've won in five games if Andre Iguodala didn't miss the final four games of the series with a left lateral leg contusion. The Warriors will make you pay the price for making mistakes.

LeBron James has rescued the Cavaliers from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals and just pulled them out of a 2-0 hole against Boston. Houston seeks layups and 3-point shots. But it all fell apart in the final two games. But having said that, LeBron James is an vast challenge, an incredible player.

"I'm still learning, still growing and figuring things out", Durant said. Golden State is deeper, quicker, more potent offensively and much more reliable defensively.

"I'm not going to say zero percent chance", Jackson said on a conference call. "So I always have felt vulnerable, even though people may not believe that".

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