After an eventful 2017 NBA offseason that featured a plethora of franchise-altering acquisitions around the league, many picked the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors to live up to expectations and meet up in the Western Conference Finals.
Indeed, both the Rockets and Warriors were plenty active during the free agency period. Golden State re-signed Kevin Durant and bolstered their bench while Houston added superstar talent in the form of Chris Paul to pair with fellow All-Star James Harden in the backcourt.
The two teams previously squared off in the 2015 Western Conference Finals when roles were reversed. That year, the Warriors held the No. 1 seed and made quick work of the No. 2 seeded Rockets, en route to their first of three consecutive NBA Finals appearances.
This time around, Houston enters the matchup as the top seed after a dominating regular season performance that has since translated to the playoffs. Thus far, they have taken care of business against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz in the first two rounds, posting a collective record of 8-2.
Likewise, Golden State has compiled an identical record with series victories over the shorthanded San Antonio Spurs and scrappy New Orleans Pelicans. That’s despite being without the services of Stephen Curry for the entire first round and opening game of the Semifinals.
Included below are the Western Conference Finals schedule, start times (all PT) and TV information.
No. 1 Houston Rockets vs. No. 2 Golden State Warriors
Game 1: Warriors at Rockets, Monday, May 14, 6:00 p.m. (TNT)
Game 2: Warriors at Rockets, Wednesday, May 16, 6:00 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Rockets at Warriors, Sunday, May 20, 5:00 p.m. (TNT)
Game 4: Rockets at Warriors, Tuesday, May 22, 6:00 p.m. (TNT)
Game 5*: Warriors at Rockets, Thursday, May 24, 6:00 p.m. (TNT)
Game 6*: Rockets at Warriors, Saturday, May 26, 6:00 p.m. (TNT)
Game 7*: Warriors at Rockets, Monday, May 28, 6:00 p.m. (TNT)