Jazz players hopeful after 2018 playoffs: 'We'll be back'

Kragthorpe: They're stuck in the West, but the Jazz like where they stand after a season of improvement

But we're not about to run around like, 'Yeah, we want to play them in the conference finals.' For what?

Lawrence noted ticket prices for Warriors home games are the highest of any team in the conference finals this decade ($976), with the Rockets in second ($957).

At the beginning of the season, Daryl Morey set a few goals for the Houston Rockets.

However, the Warriors are the underdogs in Game 1, with the Rockets holding a 2-point advantage.

Curry returned, after nearly six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury in Game 2, against the Pelicans and was used sparingly by coach Kerr in the initial games. Favors bounced back after a pair of injury-plagued seasons and averaged 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds and accepted a more complementary role this season.

His last, and most important goal, is for the Rockets to defeat the reigning champion Golden State Warriors in a 7 game series. In this picture, Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors congratulates Durant #35 after he made a basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California, on January 25, 2018.

Jazz players hopeful after 2018 playoffs: 'We'll be back'

That will require the Warriors to give their best defensive effort of the season in this series.

Paving way with their new-found floor general and heavily improved backcourt, the Rockets have successfully built a team-specific franchise to gain West supremacy over Golden State.

"We've been hearing about that match-up all year", Durant told NBC Sports on Tuesday. With 15 consecutive wins at Oracle, the Warriors' crowd has a way of making runs cascade. Pretty forgettable. The Warriors were massive favorites and played like it.

However, it was a positive experience for the team led by Mitchell, who averaged 24.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in the postseason as a rookie. With five full off days between the Warriors' and Rockets' respective second-round clinchers on Tuesday and Game 1 of their series, a lot of people will be saying a lot of somethings.

However, it seems laughable to consider any team with a lineup consisting of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Durant, and Draymond Green a "riskier" bet than their opponent. This will be Chris Paul's first-career Conference Finals appearance, so that's (another) interesting storyline to keep an eye out for. PJ Tucker chipped in 19 points while James Harden finished with 18. "I'll continue to get better, continue to get my timing right, continue to get back to the normal rotation, the normal minutes I'm out there playing and hopefully won't look back".

Until this breakthrough, he had played in more playoff games than any player in league history without reaching this point (86).

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