"I can't think of a bigger gap from a team perspective". "I always said 'strength in stars, '" Van Gundy said.
First, Van Gundy is paid to deliver blunt opinions, and often does, regardless of marketing considerations.
Waiting in the wings are LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for a fourth consecutive year. You'll hear from Warriors coach Steve Kerr and superstars Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson.
The Rockets dared Green to beat them from the perimeter in the Western Conference Finals and he mostly couldn't do it, making just two of his 17 attempts from beyond the arc in the series despite a number of open looks. Expect to see him tasked with handling James a lot as well, likely alongside Durant. "To me, Houston wasn't just one half away from advancing to the Finals".
The Cavs didn't exactly miss Love in his absence against Boston. Every little bit helps the Cavaliers and LeBron. Bell, in particular, is helping the Warriors defensively and bringing energy at both ends of the court, Kerr said Monday.
But you want to have your best defender to take on the best player on the planet. All easier said than done. "Somebody asked, 'Four years in a row getting to the finals, do you appreciate it?' Yes".
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At least fans will not require much studying of rosters to get up to speed, nor will the announcers.
"This was a part of our story that we hadn't been through before", he said.
"I don't think it's up to us to try to excite people", Van Gundy replied.
Jackson, who grew up in Queens, was among the candidates for the Knicks coaching job that went to David Fizdale. "It was a heck of an opportunity and I wish them nothing but the very best.".
On a night when Houston missed 27 straight 3-pointers and 29 of its final 30 attempts, going 7-for-44 from deep for the game - setting some inglorious National Basketball Association records - why wouldn't the Rockets start driving to the basket or at least taking a couple of dribbles before shooting? "We played a team that was as driven as any team we've ever played to win".
Finals action starts later this week when the Warriors host Game 1 on Thursday and Game 2 on Sunday.
The widely held belief that Golden State has a far better team than Cleveland had reporters wondering how Van Gundy could "sell this thing coming out of the gates and get people excited about this". The Rockets fell apart in the second half again after doing so in Game 6. Love was averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds in the playoffs before being injured. That includes production from Kevin Love, though it's uncertain if the forward will even play in the series opener.