NBA Playoffs 2017: Warriors vs

Rufina Vignone
Mag 23, 2017

"I made the 100 percent correct decision, win or lose", Durant told The Undefeated on Sunday, when the Warriors held a 3-0 lead over the Spurs in the Western Conference finals. The Warriors had already won a title, been to the NBA Finals in back-to-back seasons, and won 73 games.

The addition of Kevin Durant may be a determining factor in the Warriors' success. And for the vast majority of the playoffs, it looked like both would reach the Finals by incomprehensibly going 12-0 and sweeping every single round along the way.

The NBA playoffs have featured plenty of lopsided games while the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have combined to win all but one of their games. "And I hope we can continue to play with that chip on our shoulder and come out the same way next game".

In 2015, the Warriors prevailed over the Cavs in six games, while the Cavs won the 2016 series in seven games. Take the Cleveland versus Boston game that took place on Friday - Boston had no chance against Cleveland whatsoever.

According to cleveland.com, James' teams are 1-10 in the playoffs when he scores 15 or fewer points. "It's not always the outcome that we want, but that's part of the game".

Stevens looked beyond the scoring numbers James put up in Game 3. It'd be great if this could happen with great competition between the two squads, all players walking off the court healthy at the end of the game, and zero death threats or lawsuits. This is where I am supposed to be at this point of my life. As a fan of the sport of basketball and not just a fan of a team (Go Lakers!), I'm conscious of the fact that great basketball is played by every team in the playoffs and not just by the Superteams. As unlikely as their Game 3 triumph might have been, imagine what the odds would be of actually coming back to win this series.

"We've got to play better", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said.

However, I'd argue that the impact of Boston's Game 3 victory over Cleveland is much more important for the psyche of the Celtics franchise in the long-term than in the short-term. "I love my teammates".

But in Games 1 and 2 of the ECF, the Celtics played like they were a couple years ahead of their grand rebuilding project. From a player's perspective, it's like when you're feeling good one day and no one can stop you. What they did against Golden State worked better than what anyone else did against Golden State. Not in 2017 when he's still very much in his prime. "Nobody is ever going to be happy, no matter what you do".

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