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But now, you know, they got us.

Apparently, a 65-win season, the No. 1 seed in a brutal Western Conference and just two losses in the first two rounds will only get you so far these days.

Houston, Vegas has a problem with your Rockets.

Over the course of 82 games and the first two rounds of this year's playoffs, the entire basketball world anticipated a collision course between the sport's two most dominant forces: the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets.

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.

The Warriors advance to play the top-seeded Houston Rockets in what has always been an anticipated Western Conference finals matchup - with a Finals feel, perhaps. After just a few hours of posting, it increased to -190 for the Warriors. Durant was impressed with Kerr's handling of Curry before he was unleashed for 37 minutes in Game 5 when they wrapped up the series against the Pelicans.

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Despite Houston's compelling regular season, the question remains: will the Rockets' passion for eradicating their postseason nightmares be enough to unmask the Warriors seasoned starting five? Golden State broke open a close game with a 36-19 bulge in the third quarter to go up 20: the Pelicans couldn't draw closer than seven the rest of the way. Clint Capela (five points, five boards, three steals, five blocks) and Eric Gordon (two of eight, eight points) were non-factors offensively: they will have to step things up against the Warriors as it will be all hands on deck for the Rockets. The Warriors have won every time.

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. The point guard played a crucial role in helping them make a fourth straight Western Conference final.

Durant also spoke about the tough challenge the Houston Rockets will present during the Western Conference Finals.

Can he lead the team to the Finals? "Anything could happen, but this is the match-up, and both teams are looking forward to going up and competing and having some fun", he said. "Cute love story", James Harden joked. "I think that if we're doing what we're supposed to do on defense - all the switches, the weak side - and keep playing our offense by keeping that mentality all game long, we have the weapons to beat them".

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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