Warriors return to West finals after finishing off Pelicans

Game 4 postgame recap Warriors 118 Pelicans 92

Game 4 postgame recap Warriors 118 Pelicans 92

Whenever it started, however it started, it's clear that this is the series that the NBA-watching world wanted. Series victor to the NBA Finals, series loser will undoubtedly feel like they let a championship ring slip away.

"They have made it known that their team is built to beat us", said Green, according to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated. "Got to go out there and play".

Houston is in the conference finals for the seventh time in franchise history and looking to win its first title since taking back-to-back championships in 1994-95. His minutes have increased each game he plays, up to 31 in Game 4 and 37 on Tuesday.

On the other side, you have the well-chronicled postseason failings of James Harden and Chris Paul that will either weigh them down or inspire them to break through. So far, so good. Most importantly, the Warriors have to love how Curry is responding after coming back from a sprained MCL injury in Game 2. The series starts Monday night in Houston.

"Everybody at the beginning of the year thinks they've got a chance to be here", Houston's P.J. Tucker said. We really believed it. Whoever is in the way of that goal, then we got to see you.

Houston was tied with Toronto for the best home record this season (both 34-7), though one of those Rockets losses came against Golden State (124-114 on January 4). The loss ended New Orleans' season, as the Warriors clinched their spot in the Western Conference Finals.

"In my head when I'm out there, (I'm) just trying to play free and not worry about anything and continue to try to get my rhythm on both ends and keep moving, Curry said after Game 5".

Cleveland Cavaliers will face either Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference final.

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"The whole world's been waiting for this matchup", Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal said in his role as an analyst Tuesday night on TNT.

It might be a closeout game for the Golden State Warriors, but All-Star Draymond Green is still having a great time. "Zaza Pachulia should go down and complain to Mike and say, 'You ruined my career, Mike.' But honestly, like when Mike chose to go small in Phoenix, whatever that was, 2004, 2005, and make [Amare] Stoudemire his center, it started this chain reaction, and it's one of the reasons the game is just small and fast and open, and the big guys have to be very specialized, and they have to be versatile".

Draymond Green emphatically shot down the idea the Golden State Warriors were looking to face the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Golden State has met little resistance from the West over the past four seasons, and Houston finally looks to be the worthy adversary that critics of the NBA's lack of parity have been clamoring for. The seeds are flipped this time, after Houston finished the regular season with the league's best record. "So following that trend for sure".

"I think it will be very entertaining", Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.

It picked up in January, when the teams split a pair of games.

The Rockets might have been fixated on the Warriors, but according to Green, the Warriors don't share that obsession.

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