As the final moments of Utah's season expired in Game 5, Capela blocked five shots in the final 2:59, prompting a tumultuous celebration among teammates realizing exactly what they have heading into the Golden State series.
As Embiid talked, Morris used his hand to toggle between the sign for three and the one for zero, signaling that Boston was up 3-0 in the series.
During the regular season, Golden State and Houston played three times.
The 33-year-old scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, answering everything the Jazz tried to do in order to close out the game and series. Around them are a series of physical, switchable forwards Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah A Moute and P.J. Tucker.
Mitchell's huge third quarter left the Jazz up by 3 to begin the fourth. Boston has won four of the previous seven meetings, but Cleveland has won the last two - including the East finals last season. He lost to the Spurs 4-3 in 2008 while with New Orleans and was swept by San Antonio in 2012 with the Clippers.
Winning Game 1 of any National Basketball Association playoff series is important; under this format that the league has been using since 1984, teams that take 1-0 series leads ultimately win those matchups about 80 percent of the time. Houston's James Harden is straight out unsafe whenever he has the ball. And head coach Mike D'Antoni's system has turned center Clint Capela into a star.
"He was unbelievable", Harden said afterward.
Paul said, via ESPN.
"Whatever it took to win", Paul said. "We just kicked everyone's (expletive) playing the way everybody complained about!"
There were points in the final two games of their series versus the Pelicans where the Warriors were simply unplayable. "But we seem to be at our best when we are threatened". "I think I'm not supposed to say that, but we're basically obsessed with 'How do we beat the Warriors?' Last year, the Spurs knocked us off, so we're very anxious about the Spurs. They're either going to have to slow it down, abandon the isolation, abandon something that they typically do all the time because that's just the nature of winning a championship".
That's right, I said it. James had a better team around him previous year (Kyrie Irving!) and he and the Cavs managed to win just one Finals game en route to losing to the Warriors.
Game 1 of the Western Finals takes place on Tuesday at 2am United Kingdom time. "We got a little exhausted and a little rattled and we didn't finish the game the way we wanted to". "We are still taking steps toward that, but this is an accomplishment".
Houston won two of three meetings against the Warriors during the regular season.