The Warriors will face the Clippers in Game 6 of the Western Conference first round on Friday night.
Houston reportedly made the early trip in preparation for a potential early afternoon start against the Warriors in Game 1 of the West semifinals on Sunday. Golden State holds a 3–2 edge on the Clippers in round one of the Western Conference playoffs, and would advance to the Western Conference semifinals with a win on Friday night.
James Harden and Co. are prepared to host Game 1 of the West semifinals if Los Angeles pulls off a miraculous upset. But the Rockets appear willing to bet on the two-time defending champs to close out the series on the road.
Wishing to get ready for a possible Sunday Game 1, Rockets will head to Bay Area tomorrow, watch Warriors-Clippers Game 6 from there. If Clippers win the series, would have to fly home, but were willing to get to SF early just in case there is a 12:30 (local) start on Sunday.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) April 25, 2019
The Rockets advanced to the West semifinals on Wednesday with a 100-93 win over the Jazz. Harden averaged 27.8 points per game in the series despite shooting just 37.4% from the field.
Golden State dropped Game 5 at home on Wednesday night. Clippers guard Lou Williams has torched the Warriors thus far, averaging 24.4 points per game in round one.
Tip-off from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday is slated for 10 p.m. ET.