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NBA Finals on Sling: Warriors Two Wins Away From Another Title & First Ever Undefeated Postseason

 

With their 132-119 dismantling of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night, the Golden State Warriors broke the NBA record for consecutive wins in the playoffs, and put themselves within two wins of their second NBA title in three years, as well as the first ever undefeated postseason in league history. They’ve done it thanks in large part to a pair of amazing performances from Kevin Durant, who’s averaging 35.5 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.5 blocks per game. But this thing is far from over. The Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Cavs in last year’s Finals, winning Game 2 by an even more emphatic score of 110-77. What followed was the greatest comeback in NBA history, as LeBron James and the Cavs won four of the next five games to win the title. Can LeBron & Co. do it again?

LeBron has been phenomenal, averaging a triple-double for the series (28.5, 13.0, 11.0) while hitting 55.3% from the floor, but he’s not getting a lot of help, as the Golden State D has held the rest of the Cavs to 36% from the floor with a assist-to-turnover ratio of just 1.2. Kyle Korver, Tristan Thompson, JR Smith, and Deron Williams have combined to score 19 points in 162 minutes of play — that works out to 1 point every 8.5 minutes.

It’s the same story every year: LeBron can only do so much. Sunday night he was charging through the lane almost at will, leaving a sea of flailing defenders in his wake, but unless someone else can occasionally pitch in with a big bucket or key rebound, it won’t matter. Because these Warriors are just too good. Curry isn’t quite the dead-eyed sharpshooter he once was, but he’s still scoring 30 ppg, and can now and again dance his way around LeBron, Durant is playing like a man who left his former life behind to win a title, and Klay Thompson has been playing brilliant defense, allowing the men he’s guarding to make just 27.6% of their shots. Draymond Green’s been in foul trouble for much of the series, and has made just 35% from the floor, but he’s still a powerful irritant on defense, and always contributes with his rebounding and passing.

As the old saying goes, a playoff series doesn’t really start until the home team loses a game, and if this “starts” Wednesday, Friday may well see the coronation of the Warriors as the first 16-0 team in NBA playoff history.

Wednesday

Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

9pm ET on ABC/ESPN3

Friday

Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

9pm ET on ABC/ESPN3

 

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All stats courtesy ESPN and Basketball Reference

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