Warriors Sweep Blazers to Reach Their 5th Straight N.B.A. Finals


PORTLAND, Ore. — The Golden State Warriors’ season has not been a straight line. They have coped with accidents, behind-the-scenes squabbles, fatigue and even complacency. But they’re nonetheless a basketball superpower, and they’re imposing their will this postseason with one other majestic romp previous overmatched opponents.

On Monday evening, the Warriors clinched a fifth straight journey to the N.B.A. finals by finishing a four-game sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers within the Western Conference finals. With their 119-117 time beyond regulation victory on the Moda Center, the Warriors additionally preserved their hopes of a 3rd straight championship and their fourth in 5 seasons.

The solely different group to attain 5 straight N.B.A. finals was the Boston Celtics, once they went to a report 10 in a row from 1957 to 1966 (and gained 9 titles, eight consecutively). The Los Angeles Lakers have been the final group to three-peat as champions, from 2000 to 2002.

“I hope it doesn’t go unnoticed or underrated,” Warriors Coach Steve Kerr stated. “Five straight finals hasn’t been done since the ’60s, since Bill Russell’s Celtics. And it hasn’t been done for a reason: It’s really, really difficult.”

Green had his second straight triple-double, collecting 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. He helped make a little history, too, as he and Curry became the first N.B.A. teammates to have triple-doubles in the same postseason game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Meyers Leonard, Portland’s starting center, scored 25 of his career-high 30 points in the first half, while Lillard finished with 28 points and 12 assists.

The Warriors will await the winner of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks have a two-games-to-one lead in that series, with Game 4 set for Tuesday night in Toronto. The finals are scheduled to start May 30, and the Warriors plan to use their week-and-a-half break — a rare luxury — to recharge.

“I feel a much different vibe with our team now than I did five years ago, when this was all brand new,” Kerr said before Monday’s game. “Back then, it seemed like we had plenty of games where everybody looked scattered and nervous, and we had to figure it out. It seems like these days we’re more composed and more confident because we’ve been doing it for a long time, and we’ve seen pretty much every situation.”



Source link Nytimes.com

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