Houston Rockets: 3 takeaways from Game 7 vs. Warriors

For the fourth straight season, the LeBron vs. Steph show will once again highlight the NBA Finals.

After advancing to the NBA's championship round with a Western Conference Finals Game 7 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night, Golden State opened up as somewhere between a -900 and -1100 favorite to beat the Cavs in the NBA Finals.

Like Golden State, Cleveland needed all seven games of the Eastern Conference Finals before finally taking care of the Boston Celtics.

Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob said Monday that he's grown tired of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James said after the game, "Listen, at the end of the day, what he does on the basketball floor is extra credit".

Had the Cavaliers lost in that first round, as many expected, few would have faulted James. He finally (!) made a three-pointer in Boston as well.

Many are considering James' efforts this postseason to be one of his greatest accomplishments, as the squad he's surrounded by this season has been arguably worse than the team he dragged to the Finals back in 2007. They have less depth than years past, and James has to create everything on offense. But having said that, LeBron James is an huge challenge, an incredible player.

The defending champions trailed by as many as 15 in the first half after falling behind 17 in Game 6. Cleveland defeated Golden State in Game 3 of the 2016 Finals when Love was sidelined. Two games, Games 6 and 7.

"I'm just trying to play in a way that will help us win a championship".

In the West, Houston ended up living by the three, and dying by the three. The Rockets fell apart in the second half again after doing so in Game 6.

Harden finished with 32 points (on 12-for-29 shooting), six rebounds, and six rebounds, but he struggled in the second half. He's seemingly unstoppable in elimination games.

They outscored the Rockets 33-15 in the third quarter to surge into a lead they would never surrender, with Durant finishing on 34 points - including five rebounds.

On Monday morning, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Iguodala was having a hard time being sidelined deep into the playoffs. While the Warriors suffered from the loss of Andre Iguodala - the 2015 Finals Most Valuable Player, injured in Game 3 of the series - his absence did not hurt them almost as much as Paul's did Houston. He missed the next night's contest and returned to the floor on March 30.

Curry, before he could look forward to the finals, he took some time to reflect on what it took to get past the Rockets and appreciate the accomplishment of having another shot at the title.

"Like this series, Trevor Ariza, PJ Tucker, James [Harden], [Chris Paul], they brought the best out of me", Durant told ESPN.

  • Angelo Rivera