The good news is we have performed well for four years, so we know who we are. This time, it was a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 hole. “He’s had way too much success already”, Kerr cracked. “I might not make every shot”.
The win on Friday, though, may have done more than stress out LeBron.
Saturday, 2 p.m., Oakland, Calif.
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The Warriors limp into the first round without their two-time MVP point guard and having lost 10 of their last 17, including a 40-point drubbing by the Utah Jazz in their regular-season finale.
Option A: He can sign a two-year deal with a 2019-20 player option in which the first-year earnings would be $30 million and the option year worth $31.5 million. With all of the Warriors’ big guns healthy, the Cavaliers understand where they stand. We’ll see what happens. “I think all that we’ve invested in our game, in our team and in our identity over the course of the last three, four years will show up when the time is right”. “We don’t knock them off of taking one loss or us getting one win”.
Maybe the Golden State Warriors, opening the postseason without Stephen Curry or any momentum, won’t be the best of the West, where there’s a Houston team that can run and gun as well as they do.
Warrior star Kevin Durant found himself in a bit of a disconnect with his head coach after Thursday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
Still, the series could easily be tied 2-2. They had won 73 games that year.
Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesWarriors head coach Steve Kerr made clear that Stephen Curry was not going to be ready for the first round of the postseason. Coach Gregg Popovich has done his usual job of maximizing a roster full of savvy veterans (Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili) and competent role players (Patty Mills, Danny Green, Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gay), and he’ll look to somehow get that rag-tag bunch to give the defending champs all they can handle.
In a twist of fate, Irving will miss the entire post-season after complications with a knee injury suffered during the 2015 Finals with the Cavs.
Clinging to a 54-53 lead entering the fourth, Warriors got a bit of breathing room after the athletic forward converted a pair of fast-break buckets to put them ahead 66-58. Somewhat antithetical to both the traditional and new-era ideals of a point guard, Murray’s strengths lie in rebounding of all things (grabbing 5.7 per game, with a rebounding rate of 14.6%; as a point of reference, Aldridge grabs only 14.0%), as well as on defence, where his 6’5 stature and awesome 7’0 wingspan are normally found on the wing, not the top of the key. And that Kawhi Leonard is supposedly not healthy, nearly certainly frustrated and perhaps has already played his last game in a Spurs uniform.
And on the other side?
It has yet to be decided what contractual route Durant will take, sources say, but there are no real incentives – for himself or for the team – to take such a drastic reduction in pay this time around. “We have been in this situation before”. “We’ve all been waiting for this moment for weeks, and the last month of the season hasn’t been our best, but now our record is 0-0, and we get a chance to redeem ourselves”.