"They will capitalise on these turnovers, get out and run". "We want to win another championship, and it don't matter who's in the way of that".
His Rockets teammates saw it a little differently. Paul posted a double-double with 33 points and 11 rebounds.
"I think it's going to be a great series", said New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, whose Pelicans fell in five games to the Warriors in the West semifinals. "[To have] an opportunity for him that he's never had before".
Additionally, one of the Game 4 heroes, T.J. McConnell will have to get the starting nod again for Philly to start things off well. We get to it now. "There have been bigger upsets in sports history". He led the league in scoring (30.4 ppg), made a seamless transition into partnership with Chris Paul, and made it clear that after several near-missses in the MVP past, this was his year.
Cleveland's star is trying to reach the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive season - something only four other players have done, and they were all Boston Celtics. The point guard has been panned for failing to get past the second round in his nine previous trips to the postseason.
Everyone gets to catch their collective breaths for a few days, with the league going dark until the weekend.
D'Antoni said the offense would be designed for Paul to take threes, but they would certainly not discourage him from getting to his spots, either. "It's about the process". After splitting the first two games on home court, Houston took both games on the road in Utah to take a commanding 3-1 series lead with Game 5 back in Houston.
He was seen on the game broadcast walking in the tunnel near the Jazz locker room with his left shoe off.
"Unhappy with the results, but happy with everybody as a whole", Mitchell said.
Or in October, when Houston won at Golden State on ring night.
While the Rockets took a minute Tuesday night to appreciate what they've done so far, they were quick to point out that they're far from finished chasing their goals this season.
Houston filled in the gaps around Harden with one of the best on-ball defensive point guards in the NBA, Chris Paul, and one of the up-and-coming rim protectors in Clint Capela.
Joe Ingles made a basket for Utah before Paul added another basket to make it 107-98.
The Jazz do not believe that Mitchell's injury is serious, according to team sources. Houston eliminated Utah in its Game 5 earlier Tuesday.
Against the Warriors, James Harden has submitted 21.9 points clip per game on 41 percent shooting overall and 34 percent from deep, Chris Paul is 18.7 points per game on 45 percent shooting overall and 38 percent from deep and Eric Gordon, 16.8 points per game on 38 percent shooting overall and 31 percent from deep. Houston is second at +240, the Cavs are third at +550 and the Celtics are a distant fourth at +1600.