Finals are 1 win away for Warriors, who have Spurs on brink

Posted May 23, 2017

The Golden State Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 120-108, to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals, Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Including Saturday night's injury-shortened affair, he is averaging just two points and three rebounds per game. McGee had 16 points in 10 first half minutes. The Warriors' front office further surrounded their offensive stars with unconventional playmakers like Draymond Green (stolen in the second round) and Andre Iguodala (stolen in free agency through crafty cap-clearing). What they did against Golden State worked better than what anyone else did against Golden State.

And he had 21 points in Game 4 of the West semifinals two weeks ago. "You've got to play well to beat them", the reigning two-time MVP said, via ESPN.

For three quarters, the adrenaline and the crowd's enthusiasm inspired the home team. For three quarters, the Spurs hung in there. Warriors reserves Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw combined for 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, and 13 points from the Warriors' B-squad count just as much as 13 points from Kevin Durant or Stephen Curry. But there's too much talent, too much speed and too much depth in blue and gold.

Thomas, who has led Boston this far despite playing through the tragic death of his sister in a auto accident and undergoing multiple dental procedures throughout the first two rounds of the playoffs, initially suffered what the team called a right femoral-acetabular impingement in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 15.

The Spurs' defense was caught napping.

"I swear, I try every game", Ginobili said. "If it's not, great, too". "The starters, they're the most unselfish people I ever played with in my life".

The Spurs played on emotion, but eventually succumbed to the Warriors' firepower.

San Antonio lost 113-111 without him, squandering a 20-point halftime lead, and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was peeved.

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Some called Durant a front-runner, and others called him "cowardly" while his defenders said it was his choice to make. "It feels likes mentally he's always a step ahead of everybody". Meanwhile, the Spurs are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 Monday games.

The injury did not look bad initially, but Lee retreated to the locker room appearing disconsolate, rolling around in a wheelchair. The latest hit was to big man David Lee.

When Durant went off in the third, the majority of his helpings came out of the pick-and-roll with him as the ball handler. The Warriors' lead climbed to 18.

Pachulia ironically suffered a third-quarter heel injury from landing awkwardly on a dunk and had to leave the game. "If he's unable to play yesterday, I don't think there's going to be a miraculous healing by tomorrow". No team has successfully rallied from 3-0 down in an National Basketball Association playoff series, and a San Antonio team that is without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and now David Lee is facing that most precarious deficit.

The only other fascination comes in studying what the Warriors are doing to the Spurs for the sole objective of comparing them with what the Cavaliers are doing to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

"Nah, it's not inevitable", Green said. He got hot, and we just wanted to keep him in the middle of the floor.

Game 4, the potential close-out game, is Monday.