You're excited to start the playoffs. "We've been fighting and fighting to get to the playoffs, and it's such a blessing to be in the playoffs once again". The roller coaster ride continued until the final buzzer of the regular season. "It's hard. When you play them, there's nothing easy".
A lot was said before these Finals about the non-competitiveness of the National Basketball Association playoffs - the Warriors became the first team in history to start the playoffs 15-0 and sport a point differential of 13.8 points, while the Cavaliers lost just once before the Finals. Golden State dropped seven of 10 at one point last month, then lost its final regular-season game by a jaw-dropping 40 points Tuesday night at Utah.
Green's mind is, arguably, without a parallel in the league, and his impact on the Warriors is similar. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry is expected to be sidelined the entire first round with a knee injury.
It's all so incredible, and it's, for the most part, gone under the radar.
"You know what you're going to get out of me".
But Jones quickly responded by scoring a layup and two free throws (68-64) after fellow national starter Mark Bridgeman got the rally started with a drive along the baseline.
"We know we're down 3-0, but we thought we gave a game away in Game 3", head coach Tyronn Lue said.
The San Antonio Spurs are the kind of team that could theoretically cause the Golden State Warriors some problems. "Just go play. I've been doubled my whole career so it's not like I haven't, but it just came out of nowhere [last year]".
"Nope, I have no need to reflect", he said. Center Ricardo Toussaint had ten points in the game and so too did point guard Tramane Shaw who continues to struggle somewhat this season. The over is 5-0 in the last five road games versus a team with a winning home record. Now, we have not seen a team in our lifetime have the type of success that we have seen with the Golden State Warriors.
The big question coming into this round one match-up is whether or not the Warriors can dispense with the malaise that has affected so much of their season and become the dominant force we've been used to?
"There's no way he's playing in the first round", Kerr said. "It really let us unfold defensively into what we were meant to be".
"Our defense has to get better", Kerr said on The Jump.
The Hornets also missed the playoffs for the third time in four years, finishing at 36-46 for the second consecutive season.
The Warriors will probably have Draymond spend most of the game on Aldridge, with Jordan Bell/JaVale McGee/David West covering him whenever Green sits. And that was before they had Kevin Durant.
Cleveland meanwhile will launch their bid to return to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year on Sunday, when they host the Indiana Pacers. The league is still trying to catch up.
Both were good low-post defenders who couldn't guard players on the perimeter. "It's an awesome gift". "He's not ready. He's nowhere close to being ready to play in a game, but it's good to see him out here getting better". Magic [Johnson] saw the game, offensively, steps ahead. Most people would say that. "He's one of them". "It's the equivalent of Einstein, Jay-Z, Steve Jobs". Last year is last year. That was my goal. It didn't make me a better leader.
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