The NBA playoffs standings has the Golden State Warriors going for a 4-1 series win in Game 5 on Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets and this comes after the Cleveland Cavaliers won over the Atlanta Hawks to get through to the finals.
The Warriors were up 3-0 in the series and while the odds are greatly in their favor, the team wants to lock things down and advance. No team has been able to come back from that deficit before, but the Rockets did just beat the Clippers after being down 3-1, so that could give Golden State some worry. Stephen Curry was injured in the last game, but it did not end up being serious and now the team is looking to get through to the finals.
The Rockets come in after getting 45 points from James Harden and he now has the chance to push things into a Game 6 matchup. Harden was great in the last game and the Rockets took an early lead with a 45-22 lead and they ended up winning 128-115. Dwight Howard and Harden now have to play at their best and if the Rockets can win this game, all they will need to do is win one game to get things to a Game 7.
LeBron James advanced to his fifth straight NBA finals while playing with the Cavaliers and the Miami Heat and now the team waits for the west to finish up. The Cavaliers won big for the Game 4 matchup and it came against a Hawks team that was decimated by injuries through the playoffs. The Hawks were the top seed in the east, but the series did not go their way and now the Cavaliers are back into the finals with James.
Cleveland has not won a championship in 50 years and now the team will have a very good chance of getting it done. The Warriors are a very good team, but the Cavs are deep as well and with James playing so well coming into the finals, it won't be an easy task to get past them. The Warriors have a 3-1 lead over the Rockets in the west finals and it looks like they are locked in, as no team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs.
Kyrie Irving has been banged up and so has James, but now the entire team will get some rest heading into the finals. The Cavs were the number two seed in the east and the Hawks were number one, but it surely did not look that way in the series. The Warriors are the top seed in the NBA and the Rockets were the number two seed and that series has been one-sided, although the first two games were more competitive.