Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Warriors set fourth straight National Basketball Association final date with LeBron’s Cavaliers

Warriors set fourth straight National Basketball Association final date with LeBron’s Cavaliers

"We were so scattered, every part of the game plan went out the window in the first 45 seconds, basically", he said. For whatever reason, he seems to infuse us with energy.

"Obviously, Golden State has set the bar for the whole league, not just us".

"We haven't been in this position before", Curry said after Houston had seized a 3-2 lead. Andre Iguodala has officially been ruled out for Golden State, and Chris Paul will likely sit with his strained hamstring for the Rockets barring a miracle recovering on Monday.

Golden State led by seven entering the fourth and pushed the lead to 10 on a three-pointer by Klay Thompson with about 91/2 minutes left. "Obviously stressful, but fun".

That they fought above their weight class well enough to win the first two games suddenly made them a more formidable foe.

In both of those games, the Warriors seized control by dominating the third quarters and going on insane runs. It was an absolutely brutal performance against one of the best third quarter teams in the National Basketball Association and it was the difference in the game. I mean, by now you know the drill.

"I kept thinking that next one might go in", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said afterward.

However, like I noted in my last article, you can't help but feel frustrated because this team was so darn close to heading to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. If James hadn't averaged 34 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists throughout the playoffs, the Cavs wouldn't have advanced past the first round if they even made the postseason to begin with.

Houston missed 27 straight 3s at one point during the game.

There is going to have to be a lot of critical discussion around the organization on whether taking 40-50 three pointers, particularly in a game where you are making 15 percent of them, is a good idea.

The NBA Finals get underway Friday morning (2am BST) and O'Neal believes Golden State will make a fast start to put them in full control.

The Rockets have not qualified for the Finals since 1995 when they won the second of back-to-back titles, the only two titles in franchise history.

Cleveland opened as a +650 underdog against the Warriors in the series. After they lost Game 5 to go down 3-2 he and his team-mates talked about how they were in a situation that was new to them. Their 65 wins, a franchise record, gave them home court advantage, but they were unable to capitalize, losing two games at home including the deciding one. Winning a championship is hard, so this is a testament to that.

Golden State will meet the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year.

"Like this series, Trevor Ariza, PJ Tucker, James [Harden], [Chris Paul], they brought the best out of me", Durant told ESPN. They figure the worst moments of a game can be changed into something better.

Some of the hot takes I read after Sunday night's 87-79 loss gave the C's credit for their miracle season, but bracketed it with the idea that they were the better team and should have won this series.

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