The Western Conference finals are FINALLY (pun intended) here. The number one and number two seeds both made it and they're ready to throw down. The Warriors swept the Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in the first round and beat Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies in six to advance this far. The Rockets beat Dallas in five games in the first round, and came back from a three-one deficit in the second to eliminate CP3 and the Clippers. So, the Rockets have played two more games in the playoffs, which could work for them, but most likely hurts them. You could make the case that it's beneficial for Houston because they are staying in their rhythm, but that's not as important as the fact that they are going to have less durability and stamina.
The Warriors have one of, if not, THE best guard combos in the nation in the "Splash Brothers," Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Curry won Most Valuable Player of the NBA this season, over second-place James Harden, and earlier this season, Thompson broke the NBA record for most points in a single quarter with 37. Having these two on one team is almost unfair. They also have one of the candidates for defensive player of the year in Draymond Green and guys such as Andre Iguadola and Shaun Livingston coming off the bench.
The Rockets have runner-up for MVP, James Harden and possibly the best center in the game, Dwight Howard. Harden had a break-out season this year, having not lived up to expectations in the past. He is known for being able to shoot lights out and getting fouled a lot(although most of the time he gets "fouled," he flops... I hate floppers...). Howard was injured for most of the season, but is back now and still terrible at free throws. The Rockets also have people like Josh Smith, Jason Terry, and Kory Brewer who can help out those main two and can get the job done when need-be.
Overall, the Warriors are probably the better team and should take this series. If I had to guess, I would say they take it in six, because the Rockets are a decent team, but they aren't great. So six seems about right for that. If the Warriors do take the "dub," as their nickname suggests, the finals would be a great one. To find out who you should expect them to play, go read my next blog when it is posted on www.999thewild.net/sports-blog.
-Blake McBride, MHS