The Rockets finished the regular season as the number 1 seed but nobody counted out the Warriors as the favorite to get back to the finals. The western conference finals, which many called the finals of this year’s playoffs, have been closely contested and it all comes down to tonight’s game 7.
Most of the series has seen the games start out very close and I expect the same to happen tonight. James Harden will start out aggressive, not just scoring the ball, but dishing it out as well.Eric Gordon had a huge game 6 for them and he should come through for them as they will need it. The big key for Houston though, is to see if they can get a third guy to score the ball. If they can get P.J. Tucker or Trevor Ariza to score 20+ or have both of them score 15 each then I see them being able to take the win.
Golden State will come out trying to do a better job of using the ball and body movement that made them so hard to defend. Their movement has been close to non-existent at times this series and while Kevin Durant is an elite scorer, just throwing it down to him and letting him isolate position after position has made them easier to guard for the Houston. The thing to keep an eye on will definitely be the 3rd quarter. Stephen Curry and the Warriors have used huge 3rd quarters to propel them to multiple victories during the season. Can Houston contain Golden State or will the Warriors pull ahead?
I see the Rockets taking the lead early on using their home court advantage and energy. The Warriors should come out in the second with some desperation of their own and closing the gap going into half time. The Warriors use a big 3rd quarter to take the lead led by Steph Curry. While James Harden and Eric Gordon come out and hit some big shots in the beginning of the 4th, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant prove to be too much to win the game 110-98.