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Dante Exum was injured in the second half of Game 4 Dante Exum was injured in the second half of Game 4
Francis Osborne | 11 May, 2018, 05:14

The NBA Western Conference Finals is finally here and it will be the Houston Rockets vs. the Golden State Warriors.

For the upcoming series, which begins Monday at Houston, two games have average asking prices of $1,000 or more - the if-needed Game 7 in Houston is sitting at $1,416 with a get-in price of $305 and Game 4 at Golden State is sitting right at $1,000 with a get-in price of $199. They opened with a 5-game series win over the eighth-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves and followed that up with 5-game win over the fifth-seeded Utah Jazz. As many fans know, Curry is the engine behind Golden State's offense and can really get the team going in spurts. That's a big-time performance.

While Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker and later Steph Curry became Western Conference Finals staples, and even Mike Conley - a CP3 facsimile - got in on the action, Paul's teams never made it past the second round of the playoffs.

Golden State has lost just twice in the opening two rounds of the postseason and they'll look to maintain that momentum now that the team is healthy again.

Mitchell injured his left foot in Game 1 of the first round against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he continued to play on a sore toe. Curry finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and eight assists while Kevin Durant had 24 points and Klay Thompson added 23 points. The Rockets now have to deal with a team that has made three straight NBA Finals appearances: are they up for the challenge?

The two global point guards - Rubio is from Spain, while Exum is from Australia - will miss Game 5 Tuesday night with hamstring strains. "We'll have to bring our A-plus game and I think our guys are ready".

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The Rockets are advancing to the Western Conference Finals.

Durant was ready to face the Rockets in the big clash. "James was under the weather so we were just trying to pick him up".

When asked if he is going to celebrate this moment, he said no. You can bet Chris Paul will give every ounce of effort to get Houston back to the Finals for the first time since 1995.

The Rockets are somewhere along the lines of 33-5 when James Harden, Clint Capela, and Chris Paul all play.

"He was unbelievable", Harden said afterwards. And with five days before Game 1, the anticipation will only grow - as will the opportunities for both sides to get their licks in. "They're either going to have to slow it down, abandon the isolation, abandon something that they typically do all the time because that's just the nature of winning a championship". "It's not about points, it's about the process".

Harden has shot 8.1 free throws a game in the playoffs, down from his regular season total, but his 81 total free throws is second only to LeBron James, who has played in one more game. This one is going to be a tough, uphill battle but you know the series victor is likely a heavy favorite in the NBA Finals. "Even in the beginning of the year when I got here, it was just thinking a lot, trying to be ideal, trying to make the right play rather than just being aggressive, so I'm continuing to watch film, working out with the coaches and finding myself again slowly".

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