LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

29 May, 2018, 19:35 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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"He's frustrated", Warrior Coach Steve Kerr said.

The Warriors were down by 11 points at halftime and faced a first-half deficit as high as 15.

Curry scored 14 of Golden State's 33 points in the third quarter as Houston's shooting didn't just go cold, it froze. The Rockets shot 7-of-44 from the 3-point line, almost 16 percent, and missed 27-straight shots from behind the arc - the most ever missed consecutively in a playoff game in National Basketball Association history.

If the Warriors pull off what would be their second road win of the series, they will face Cleveland in the Finals for the fourth straight season, an unprecedented matchup.

The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened Golden State as a -1,000 favorite to win the best-of-seven series, which tips off Thursday. To get a better sense, FiveThirtyEight leaned on quantified Shot Probability (qSP) data - used to weigh the likelihood of a shot going in depending on who's taking it, how close the nearest defender is to the shot, and how quickly that player is closing out - from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats, which use high-level cameras to track on-court movement. The Celtics shot just 34.1 percent from the field and 17.9 percent from 3-point range.

"I didn't recognise the group that we were seeing. But when Steph and Klay [Thompson] get it going from 3, that's when our team really seems to take off".

On Monday night, the Houston Rockets hosted the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.


"At the end of the day, the game is won in between the lines, and we have an opportunity to play for a championship", he said after Sunday's 87-79 victory over Boston.

Tucker's 3 was the first of seven straight points for Houston which cut the lead to 89-83. "Happy to be back in the finals", said Curry.

"It sucks because you know you could win this series if we just had one more playmaker", Gordon said, per ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

Meanwhile, Harden had his fair share of struggles with his shot scoring 32 points on 12-of-29 shooting from the field that included hitting 2-of-13 from distance in the loss. "We've got three of the best shot-makers in the league. we stayed with it". There is never a Plan B. Good coaches make adjustments when things go wrong and great coaches school their teams so well they don't have to be told when to change things up because they already know what to do.

The Warriors are also dealing with injuries as Kerr said Andre Iguodala, who has missed the last two games with a bruised left leg, is doubtful for Monday's game.

He did in the second half. "We just didn't have the same energy that we had in that first half or the pace". But that would be Boston's last basket for more than five minutes while Cleveland went on a 15-2 run to put the game away.

If there is anything to look forward to, it is the fact that there will be some very significant names on the free agent market this offseason and the Rockets would appear to be a prime destination.

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