Steve Kerr likens Kevin Durant's impressive playoff run to Michael Jordan

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This time the teams meet in the West semifinals beginning Sunday in Oakland. And while the voting results there won't be known until June 24, the only results that truly matter right now to both players are the ones that were determined on Sunday - and the ones that are coming on Tuesday. If the Clippers do manage to pull off the massive upset, they've already got some juicy bulletin-board material for Round 2. They know all of the tricks.

Anticipating a Warriors' closeout, the Rockets flew to Northern California on Friday to be ready for the series opener.

The Warriors were stretched to six games for the first time in the opening round in Kerr's five seasons.

"I've never missed a playoff game", he said, shrugging as he put on his watch. "We had leads in some games that we lost".

Kevin Durant is having a superb post-season run of his own. According to The Athletic, the Rockets counted eight 3-point attempts that should have been called for fouls on closeouts by the Warriors.

NEED TO KNOW: The Celtics are 5-0 so far in the playoffs, and have kept in and Milwaukee under 100 points in four of those five games while seeing their own scoring number increase in every outing so far.

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"Right now, we've got to focus on playing better", Antetokounmpo said after Milwaukee fell 112-90 in Game 1. Harden scrounged up everything he could get and Gordon stepped up with 27 points.

But they head into the next round knowing Houston have had much more time to prepare for the series. How Capela can be more effective after he was a minus-17 in Game 1, and how Harden can shoot better from the field, referee influence be damned.

"He can score in a variety of ways, so we have to be locked in from the beginning", Durant said.

"Our guys played a great game yesterday, for what we had", D'Antoni added. Paul made a mad dash for the offensive rebound and came up with it along the near sideline when Klay Thompson slid in front of him, forcing Paul to reroute in tight quarters.

While both Curry and Thompson will be in action, the question becomes how badly they are hampered by their respective ankle injuries.