"I think they're still proud of the work we did, but at the same time, it hurts". "We've been through a lot with this team, and believe it or not, it's not all success with the Warriors". "As a result of that, we got a double-digit lead going into halftime".
"I'm just so happy I get to play again in the Finals", Durant said.
"Feels like ages ago that I saw them for my first National Basketball Association championship, and now to be doing it for a fourth year in a row, I wouldn't have guessed that, so it's pretty remarkable", said guard Klay Thompson.
While the City of Brotherly Love is obviously upset that their hometown heroes, the Philadelphia 76ers, lost in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the hated Boston Celtics, it's also unfortunate that the Brett Brown coaching tree will not be represented in the NBA Finals.
Despite their injury concerns and even against the significant odds of defeating Golden State a fourth time, the Rockets have the Warriors right where they want them.
Coach Tyronn Lue said after the game that Smith though the Cavs were ahead, although Smith said he knew the game was tied and was waiting for a timeout to be called. "We've got three of the best shot-makers in the league. we stayed with it".
After combining for 3-for-13 shooting on threes in the first half, Thompson (4-for-5) and Curry (3-for-4) bombed in seven of nine from beyond the arc in the third quarter, during which the Warriors outscored the Rockets 33-16 to take a lead they never relinquished.
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And just like that, we're down to two. The Rockets missed all 14 3-point attempts in that quarter as part of 27 misses from long range. It's unclear if the 2015 NBA Finals MVP will return for Game 1 on Thursday, but if he does it will give Golden State a boost in trying to slow down James. "You have to have endurance, you've got to have resiliency, you've got to have confidence in yourself, no matter how the game's going up until that point, that you can turn it around".
The Rockets fell apart in the second half again after doing so in Game 6. Cleveland exacted revenge the following year, with a historic come-from-behind 1-3 deficit to dethrone Golden State emerging victor in the last four games of the best of seven title series.
"It's a grown man's league", Tucker said. James and Miami went on to lose that series in six games.
"I can not do that next series, and that's a big no-no", he said. It being one of the worst losses, got to kind of put it behind you now.. "That really hurt. I hated not being out there when I was supposed to". Stephen Curry, Mr. Shimmy himself, was preen-ready but not hitting his jumper.
"They were devastated. we thought we were so close", D'Antoni said.
"We're still without Andre, which is a big blow for us", Kerr said before Monday's Game 7 at Houston.