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Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Warriors Cover Steve Kerr's Bet in Game 1 Victory

Warriors Cover Steve Kerr's Bet in Game 1 Victory

The big 2018 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors has finally arrived. The Warriors went on to win Game 1, 119-106.

Kevin Durant was ruthless.

Any advantage over the Warriors is precarious. It's Houston's first trip since 2015 when Golden State won the series in five games. During the regular season, among players who averaged 20 or more minutes per game, Steph Curry, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, Kevin Durant, James Harden and PJ Tucker * a href="https://stats.nba.com/players/advanced/?sort=OFF_RATING&dir=-1&Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&CF=MIN*GE*20" target="_blank" *ranked 1st through 6th in the entire league in offensive rating. Curry is probably Golden State's most important player, and the team is almost unbeatable when both he and Durant are healthy. In fact, the Rockets don't even hide their vocational OCD over the Warriors.

Kerr then joked that he may have said too much. When you go against the champ, you've got to knock them out.

The Rockets are especially determined to attack Curry, who missed six weeks because of a sprained MCL in his left knee before returning for Game 2 of the second round.

Harden carried the Rockets offensively in game one. Harden is, in all likelihood, the current MVP.

"[NBA commissioner] Adam Silver, on line two, about to get fired", he said.

The long-awaited Western Conference heavyweight bout finally is upon us. Curry returned from almost six months sidelined with a sprained left knee to play the final four games of a five-game semifinal series against New Orleans.

There have been some other interesting stories along the way, but this has always stood out as by far the best potential playoff series. And all three have failed publicly and profoundly in the postseason. You know how they get shots off in isolation-type situations, and they're tough to stop.

Rockets: Paul added 23 points and 11 rebounds. D'Antoni is 67, not ancient but clearly in the back-nine of his coaching career.

With the series starting in Houston, the Rockets crowd will be ready to go (hopefully) for the 8 p.m. tip and a fast start by the Rockets should have them going wild for their guys.

After Game 2 the series moves to Oracle Arena for games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday.

It's Houston with the burden.

But they will be coming up against a Golden State team that was tops in the National Basketball Association when it came to defending against three-point shots, allowing a league lowest opponents' three-point shooting percentage of just 32 percent. Houston has to win this year.

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