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Will the real Rockets and Warriors reveal themselves in Game 7?

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They huddled together in the hallway at Oracle Arena late Saturday night, seemingly calling a truce so both sides could have a nice holiday weekend.

Under other circumstances, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey probably would be friends, drinking Modelos together after six games of a Western Conference finals as closely matched as this series has been.cheap nfl jerseys from china

Both are self-deprecating intellectual types who hate wearing ties almost as much as they love a good pop culture debate. But after what their respective teams have put each other through the past two weeks, the moment called for more commiseration than admiration.

“It’s been a war,” Kerr said as Morey nodded knowingly.330

On this night it was Kerr doing the consoling as Morey processed the Game 6 loss and the prospect of a decisive Game 7 Monday night in Houston without future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul.

Morey’s team had unraveled without Paul’s leadership and playmaking ability in much the same way Golden State had lost a chunk of its identity in the first three games without Andre Iguodala, the Warriors’ “adult in the room,” as Kerr likes to call him.

After a season of pushing the sport to its theoretical zenith on both sides of the ball, the dream series basketball purists began referring to as the real NBA Finals has been rather disjointed.

Both teams have played stretches of beautiful, brilliant basketball but devolved into an ugly cacophony of one-on-one iso-ball that resembled a bad pickup game at Venice Beach. Both teams have pushed each other to their best and worst, exposing each other’s individual and collective character.

Both have had to adapt after key injuries and strategical gambits forced them out of their comfort zones. And both seem downright exhausted, physically and mentally, as the series comes to a close.nfl wholesale jerseys

It’s hard to say what will remain of either team after the finale at the Toyota Center, or even whether the winner will be stronger for having survived. If anything, this series has seemed to confirm more of what we already knew about these two teams than it has revealed:

Golden State is the smartest kid in school who only responds when challenged; Houston was constructed specifically to match up with and defeat the Warriors, but sometimes lacks a reason for being beyond that.

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