On Monday, the Golden State Warriors accomplished what was expected by many: a four-game sweep of the San Antonio Spurs to clinch the Western Conference and earn their ticket to their third straight NBA Finals.
Steph Curry led the charge with 36 points and 6 assists while Kevin Durant dropped 29 and 12 boards for the Warriors, who hot 55.8 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from long distance. The Cavaliers lead the series 2-1, with Game 4 set for Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT).
Instead, Brown called for Durant to attack the Spurs defense in a pick-and-roll, and Durant sliced through for a quick pull-up that steadied the ship and sent the Warriors on their own 10-0 run that essentially wrapped up the game, the series, and the undefeated Western Conference playoff record.
Golden State's Stephen Curry said Ginobili was obviously great for basketball, great for the Spurs and great for the NBA. "He deserved to have that night of respect so that he really feels that we appreciate everything he's done over the years", said Popovich, via ESPN. Pachulia's absence allowed him to escape the ire of the Spurs fans, who blame him for Leonard's absence after his controversial close-out on a 3-pointer that Popovich called "dangerous" and "unsportsmanlike.".More news: Saina Nehwal Storms Into Semis Of Thailand Open
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This may have been the final game for 15-year veteran and star Manu Ginobili.
Kyle Anderson led Spurs with 20 points while Manu Ginobili added 15, Patty Mills and Pau Gasol hit for 14 each and Jonathon Simmons scored 13.
The Warriors are averaging 118.3 points-per-game in the postseason with a victory margin of 16.3 points. To get to our ultimate goal of winning the whole thing, weve got to be better on both ends of the floor..
It's important that the Golden State Warriors avoid all acts of complacency during these nine days of rest. He has said he will take three or four weeks off before deciding whether he wants to return to the league next season, when he will be 40 years old. I have to choose between two wonderful, truly wonderful options.
After the game, Ginobili said the roar of the crowd shook his world. "I didn't mean it to disrespect anybody, but if you felt disrespected, I'm sorry".