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HOUSTON — This Western Conference Finals series between the Warriors and the Houston Rockets has a lot of hype. It pits a superteam that’s trying to win its second-straight championship against a team with two superstar veterans who have never won a title and are extremely hungry for one.

The teams have been on a collision course all season, with Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey acknowledging in December that his team was “obsessed with” figuring out how to beat the Warriors.

But Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr said he tried not to put too much weight on the inevitability of the matchup and its potential dangers — until now. And he said it has come at just the right time for his team.

“I think we’re in excellent shape mentally, I mean this is the most dialed in we’ve been all year,” Kerr said.

When Klay Thompson was asked if this might be the toughest opponent that the Warriors have faced over the last four years, he didn’t hesitate in his response.

“It hasn’t just been a smooth ride for four years,” Thompson said. “We’ve had plenty of adversity. This is another challenge for us that we’re up to.”

Thompson pointed out that the Warriors struggled against the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Semifinals in 2015 before eventually beating them in six games. He talked about how the Warriors came back from a 3-1 series deficit against Oklahoma City in the Western Conference Finals in 2016. And then he talked about the Warriors’ epic NBA Finals series against Cleveland the last three seasons.

The Warriors are battle-tested and have been through ups and downs. But that being said, this Rockets team presents a unique challenge for them.

Over the past week, everyone …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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