On Monday, May 14, at 8 p.m., the Houston Rockets open the Western Conference finals with the goal of reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995. The Rockets won a franchise-record 65 games this season. James Harden, Chris Paul and Mike D’Antoni have appeared in a grand total of five NBA Finals games, with no championships.
“It’s going to be a great series,” James Harden said. “You have two high-powered offenses, two extremely talented teams. We expect it to be a great showdown. They have a lot more experience. We’re fine with that. We’ve been having that great mindset all year, just go out there and be the best Houston Rockets team we can be and letting things play out.”