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Donovan Mitchell regrets comment about James Harden'Obviously he's the MVP

"Know what I'm saying?" 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.

On Tuesday night, with Harden struggling, Chris Paul showed that he is the extra superstar that Houston was previously missing. It was a formula built to stop Golden State, but one that also took care of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Jazz in five games each.

The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors are no strangers. Well if the Warriors didn't have two-time MVP Steph Curry available to clock in for this showdown, then it would be 100 percent plausible to pick the Rockets. In the post-game conference Tuesday night, Rockets point guard Chris Paul talked about his long-time relationship with PJ Tucker. "I don't know what it's supposed to feel like, but we've still got a lot of work to do".

"We've just got a great group of guys and one of the best teams I've been on in a long time", said forward Derrick Favors.

As well as advancing to the Conference Finals for the first time in his career, according to ESPN, the Rockets point guard now joins the legendary Chicago Bulls star as the only two players throughout National Basketball Association history to have accomplished a certain feat. Yes, this is the most compelling series we could have hoped for.

Kevin Durant praised coach Steve Kerr for easing Stephen Curry back from injury during the playoffs.

Game 6 of that series, if necessary, would be Friday in Philadelphia, with a potential Game 7 scheduled for Sunday back in Boston.

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It's going to be a highly entertaining and dramatic conference finals starting this coming Monday in Houston. It was a shock Houston even made it that far.

Five months later, this clash of titans has finally arrived.

He's scored more than 40 points in two of their 10 games, but he has an unspectacular true shooting percentage of 55.5% in the postseason and he's been held under 20 points twice in this year's playoff run. "You see when you let the dog off the leash what happens". "We don't have to run around talking about how bad we want to play somebody".

Then again, the way Houston's offense has been going lately it doesn't seem to matter who is batting or where. The Rockets took the lead for good right after Mitchell left as they went up 84-82 on a Gerald Green three pointer with 9:41 to go: Utah would get no closer than one down the stretch.

Paul was instrumental in building a halftime advantage for the Rockets, snapping a 43-all tie with two free throws before drilling consecutive 3s inside the final minute of the first half.

It's all we've been asking for.

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