Warriors Dominance Too Much For Spurs As They Reach Third Straight NBA Finals Undefeated
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combined for 65 out of the 129 points as the Golden State Warriors sweep the injured San Antonio Spurs to reach third straight NBA finals undefeated.
“It’s great to be one of the last two teams standing, we’ll see how it goes,” said Kevin Durant, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds according to the Associated Press.
A total beatdown and dominance was displayed on the Spurs by the Warriors. In almost every phase of the series Golden State took advantage of no Kawhi Leonard, who injured his ankle in game one. San Antonio knew they didn’t stand a chance despite putting their full efforts in getting at least one game, but that doesn’t matter. In game four it felt more of the norm of what the Warriors have done thus far in the postseason.
Curry and Durant played at a high level, Draymond Green almost had another triple-double (16pts, 8 rebounds and 8 assists), and Thompson had a quiet shooting night. The other role players did their jobs moving the ball and as one to be up by 22. The fluidly of moving without the ball along with great defense shows why they are the first team in NBA history to start 12-0. Spurs look old, tired and outmatched against Warriors. The team isn’t athletic enough to keep up with their pace, but that can be said for the other NBA teams.
They were using young players and veterans together to make it entertaining, but Golden State wasted no time shutting down LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol. Manu Ginobli, who might retire at 39 years old, still played at a high level and the Warriors acknowledged that. Either this sweep doesn’t justify the goal for the franchise: win the championship over the Cleveland Cavaliers and prove to everyone that last year was a fluke due to injuries and Green being suspended.
Momentum can really shift from one team to another so quickly, and last season prove that. Now with nine days off they wait and wait and wait until Cleveland advances, which most fans expect to happen in five or six games. But once the NBA finals start, the battle for legacies are on the line between Golden State and LeBron James.