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The Cleveland Cavaliers have completed a historic comeback from trailing 1-3 in the series and climbing back and winning the Championship game on the road to end the city of Cleveland’s Championship drought in 5 decades. Lebron James finished with a triple double with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Kyrie added 26 points and most importantly the 3-point shot that buried the Warriors. A Championship could have been the best ending for the Warriors historic 73-win season but as it turns out it just became a larger story for the Cavaliers conquest of the Finals in 2016.

Celebrations and reactions on Cleveland Cavaliers winning the title

Lebron talks to Turner Sports

The Warriors looked like they were coasting for a sweep when they won Games 1 & 2 in blowout scores with an average of 24-point winning margin.

Games 1 saw the Warriors win by 15 points despite Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry only scored a combined 20 points on 8-27 shooting. Shaun Livingston was the hero for that game scoring a personal playoff record of 20 points while Green added a double double 16 points and 11 rebounds. Steve Kerr put it this way —

 “We play a lot of people, and we feel like we have a lot of talent on the bench that can come in and score when we need it. So it’s a great sign, obviously, that we can win in the finals without those two guys having big games, but it’s not really that surprising to us. This has been our team the last couple of years.”

The bench of Golden State scored 45 points against the 10 points from Lebron James’ supporting cast.

Game 2 and the Warriors continued with their dominance by winning on a 33-point margin and most of Cleveland starters put up the white flag early in the 4th quarter by watching the Warriors run away with a victory. Stephen and Curry did not score to their full potential by just having 18 & 17 points respectively. The Warriors bench scored the points with Draymond Green leading the charge with 28 points 7 rebounds and 5 assists. As Steph says about their teamwork —

“What we’ve done the last few years, everybody, every night has an impact. You don’t know where it’s going to come from any given night. We’ve got to keep our focus and our edge and hopefully get two more.”

Game 3 as Lebron summed it up —

“We can’t afford to go down 3-1 and go into their building and give them confidence going back. So it’s a do-or-die game for us still.”

The Cavaliers were able to bounce back huge with a 30-point winning margin and brought the Cavs back to life and in contention closing the series gap 2-1. In this game, the Cavaliers showed why they haven’t lost at home in the playoffs — they hustled, rebounded and put on an offensive show with Lebron and Kyrie leading the team.

Tristan Thompson showed strength and defense that helped limit the Warriors offense

Game 4 was supposed to be the equalizer and for most part the Cavaliers controlled the tempo and the game until the third quarter when the Splash Brothers came back to life and began hitting those 3-point shots. The Warriors won by 11 points and made a historic 17-3 pointers in the Finals. Stephen Curry had 38 points and Klay Thompson hitting 25. On Curry’s comeback Green has this to say —

“All the slander. He’s a competitor. He’s been under a heavy microscope, and rightfully so. Two-time MVP, you’re expected to have a great game in the finals. He struggled the first three, tonight he was our guy.”

 

The Cavaliers are now down 3-1 in the series and no team has ever been able to comeback from this deficit.

Most importantly, this is the game that the Splash Brothers have risen from slumber hitting 3-pointers, layups, making small runs to close the gap, take the lead and eventually win the game.

Game 5 is when Lebron James and Irving each scored 41 points a historic finals milestone that saw them push the series to Game 6 in their home court.

Lebron James wouldn’t let his team go down, the half ended tied at 61 all.

Game 6 and the Cavaliers became the third team to push the series to Game 7 after being down by 3-1 games. Lebron had a back-to-back 40++ point game and major milestone unheard of for a very long time.

Lebron’s monster game saw him scoring 41-points contributing 11 assists, eight rebounds and most notably have outshined Stephen Curry in the game.

Game 7 and Lebron just managed to closeout the series on an incredible performance.

Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals 2016

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Cleveland Cavaliers Wins the Series 4-3
GAME SUMMARY
Game 1: GSW 104 CLE 89
Game 2: GSW 110 CLE 77
Game 3: CLE 120 GSW 90
Game 4: GSW 108 CLE 97
Game 5: CLE 112 GSW 97
Game 6: CLE 115 GSW 101
Game 7: CLE 93 at GSW 89
GAME 7 played on June 19, 2016, CLE wins title 4-3 on the score of 93 (CLE) – 89 (GSW)
Game 7 Western Conference Finals 2016 RECAP

The Cleveland Cavaliers have completed a historic comeback being down 1-3 in the series and climbing back and winning the Championship. Lebron James finished with a triple double with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Kyrie added 26 points and most importantly the 3-point shot that buried the Warriors and winning the first Championship for the city of Cleveland in over 50 years.

The first half can be summed up into – “we are waiting for Lebron or Steph to take over; instead Draymond Green is taking oer as the leader with 22 points, 8-10 fg, 6 rebound and 5 assists giving the Golden State Warriors a 49-42 lead.

JR Smith started the second half strong —

JR Smith opens the second half with what looks like a 3-point shot but was just inside the arc to cut the lead to 5, 49-44. Thompson quickly responded with a 5 point swing to give the Warriors their largest lead early in the second half — 54-46. JR Smith however responded with another 3 point-shot scoring his 8th point in less than 3 minutes to cut the lead to 54-52. Irving then followed up with a driving layup from the right side corner to even the score at 54-54 prompting Steve Kerr to call a timeout.

Stephen Curry 3-point catch and shoot.

Cleveland was looking to pull away from game when they pushed the lead 68-61 with a 3 point shot by Irving. With a Barnes and Thompson free throw the Cavs were still leading at 70-63 until Draymond Green fished a foul from Lebron from beyond the arc and making 3 free throws. With another 3 point shot and a driving layup from Livingston tied the game at 71-71.

With over 6 minutes remaining is when we first saw signature pulling and hitting a 3-pointer almost 5 feet away from the top of the key against Irving to tie the game at 83-83, followed by fellow Splash brother Klay Thompson hitting a very long 2-point shot from the left side to give them a 2-point lead.

With 3:36 remaining we already had 20 lead changes and 11 ties. There was a back and forth possession with no one able to score until Kyrie Irving hit the 3-point shot with 53 seconds remaining that proved to be the go ahead basket for winning the game.

Game 7 Western Conference Finals 2016 PREVIEW

We predicted this was going to be short series as the Golden State Warriors won a dominating 73-wins in the regular season, have survived the OKC onslaught and the fact that the East is an easier conference, the Warriors should be coasting along in the series. For a moment there it looked like that when the Golden State Warriors led the series 3-1 before the epic performances of Lebron James and Irving, pushing the series to Game 7.

This is going to be an epic performance and NBA ticket sales are proving it as StubHub reports.

NBA Game 7 should get you all excited as we might not see a comeback of epic proportions like this in a long time.

A cool and funny video on the intensity of both teams.

In an interesting article it questions whether the Warriors can recover or Lebron closes this out

Whatever the outcome be sure to seat, relax and get ready for a full 48 minute of NBA Game 7 action.

GAME 6 played on June 16, 2016, CLE win ties series 3-3 on the score of 115 (CLE) – 101 (GSW)
Game 6 Western Conference Finals 2016 RECAP

LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to Game 7 becoming only the third team to push Game 7 after trailing 3-1 in the series.

James had a back-to-back 40 plus point game scoring 41 points, a performance only achieved by a few, Kyrie Irving scored 23 and winning Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors 115-101.

Cleveland’s hasn’t had a Championship team since Dec. 27, 1964 and Lebron James could bring one to the city, he has this to say — “One more game left. I’ll play it anywhere.”

Lebron had a monster game aside from the 41-points he contributed 11 assists, eight rebounds and most notably have outshined Stephen Curry in the game.

The Warriors will be tested and the legacy of their 73-win season will be amplified if they close out the series or be outshined with Lebron and his ability to rally the team back from 3-1/

Stephen Curry became the first MVP to be ejected out of the game due to fouls and Steve Kerr has this to say — “He gets six fouls called on him, three of them were absolutely ridiculous. As the MVP of the league, we’re talking about these touch fouls in the NBA Finals. I’m happy he threw his mouthpiece.”

Curry has this to say — “I didn’t think I fouled either Kyrie or LeBron. It was obviously frustrating fouling out in the fourth quarter of a clinching game and not being out there with my teammates. So it got the best of me, but I’ll be all right for the next game.”

Cavs coach knows what Lebron is capable of — “It’s LeBron being LeBron. He’s one of the greatest of all-time. Our back was against the wall and he took it upon himself, him and Kyrie, they put us on their backs. They’ve got us to where we wanted to be – and that’s Game 7.”

Ayesha Curry is in the news again because of her comments against the NBA saying it was rigged to push the series to Game 7

Game 6 Western Conference Finals 2016 PREVIEW

The Cleveland Cavaliers have managed to push the series to Game 6 and while they have a chance to become the first team in history to climb back from a 3-1 deficit I doubt they are thinking about that right now. The team is focused on playing it one game at a time and while the idea of making history is sweet they have more things in minds like making sure to keep the Warriors from closing them out at home.

In a similar situation last year where the Warriors managed to close the series at Game 6 in front of the Cavaliers home-court, the Cleveland will come out strong and determined led by Lebron James and Kyrie Irving.

There are only two teams in history that was able to push Game 7 after trailing 3-1 in the series and the Cavs have a good chance of becoming the third team.

As James put it — “I think that’s always been the case in the postseason. I think it also depends on the way you played and where you played at. I think that helps. But, I mean, both teams in this series have shown that they can win on each other’s floor, so I don’t think that matters much.

I feel like we’ll be prepared for Game 6. Our coaching staff has given us another great game plan. They’re going to give us some more insight on what needs to be done tomorrow morning at our shootaround, and it’s up to us as the guys to go out and execute that.”

Irving puts it this way — “Not really even thinking about that game (Monday night) right now. As soon as the buzzer ended in Game 5, all I could think about was preparation for Game 6. Watched some film and the next 24 hours would be just solely focused on how we can be better for Game 6.

As a competitor, you want to sustain it. Obviously you want to have a big night, especially playing on this platform. But sometimes it can go either way, and you have to be willing to play through both ways and remain confident in what the game plan is offensively and defensively. And if we stay that course, we feel pretty good that we’ve put ourselves in a great position to be in the game. So for us, it’s just about coming out with that aggressive mindset, pushing in transition, and getting easy opportunities that we can take advantage of.”

It is not yet clear if Kevin Love would play in Game 6 and how effective he could be. Kevin Love has not gained footing in this series and even missed Game 3 because of concussion protocol but when Lebron and Irving are playing the way they play Kevin’s big contributions might not be needed.

Draymond Green is expected to be back from suspension on a flagrant foul slapped on him against Lebron James.. He notes that he believe they could have won the game if he wasn’t suspended.

Curry has this to say — “When you have two guys play the way they did, you obviously notice because you see the ball going in the basket every time. But for me, you kind of get a little edge about you trying to go back at them, but you’ve got to do it within the system of our offense and how we go about things and not get the temptation to abandon that just to get into the little back-and-forth, one-on-one. So that’s kind of my approach. You enjoy those kind of moments, even though we didn’t get the win. But an opportunity to go right back at them.”

GAME 5 played on June 13, 2016, CLE wins trail series 3-2 on the score of 112 (CLE) – 97 (GSW)
Game 5 Western Conference Finals 2016 RECAP

The Warriors started strong in Game 5 with a score of 9-3 on a Curry 3 point shot, a jumper by Klay and two layups from Iguodola. Cleveland would not let the game slip by with Lebron James hitting the 3-point shot off an Irving assists for a score of 8-12. When the Warriors were threatening to widen the lead anew Lebron James had a 5-point swing — free throws and three points to even the score at 22-22 with 4:07 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Second quarter was tight with both teams going back and forth scoring on multiple lead exchanges. One highlight was a dunk of Shaun Livingston to tie the score at 38-38.

This quarter also saw Klay Thompson scoring from every corner of the court.

Lebron James wouldn’t let his team go down, the half ended tied at 61 all.

The third quarter is when the Splash Brothers re-emerged in Game 4 however in Game 5 it was the tandem of Lebron James and Kyrie Irving as they have quickly built an 8 point lead on a dunk of Lebron (30 points) on the 8:07, then a 3-point miss by Curry, and a return 3-point shot by Kyrie Irving (26 points) on a James assist with 7:45 remaining. The Cavaliers had a 10 point lead 85-75 after Jefferson scored on a driving layup. The quarter ended with Cavaliers leading by 9 points, 93-89.

The Warriors started the fourth quarter with a 3-point shot by Curry at the 11:40 mark while Kyrie Irving answered back with a pull-up bank shot 18 seconds later for a 95-87 score. This was a tough quarter for the Warriors as Stephen Curry and everyone else were only able to score 35 second half points while the Cavaliers scored 51 points with James and Kyrie carrying most of the load. As Curry continued to miss his shots Irving couldn’t miss hitting a bank shot on the 6:20 mark, followed by turnaround fadeaway, and 3 point shot at the 5:33 mark. Lebron James scored a jump shot and a free throw with 3:22 remaining for a 111-96 lead.

This is the first time in an NBA Finals that two players scored more than 40 points a piece; Lebron and Irving both finished with 41 points.

I must say this has been an offensive and one of the greatest performances of two superstars in an NBA Game

Game 5 Western Conference Finals 2016 PREVIEW

The Golden State Warriors is one win away for a Championship title repeat becoming only the seventh team to achieve the feat.

The task might not be easy as they would be playing the game without Draymond Green who is Mr. Hustle for the Warriors and can matchup perfectly with Lebron James and limit the effectivity of Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers on the paint. Without Draymond Green they need to get more of the hustle and defense from Harrison Barnes, Iguodola and Bogut.

The Warriors will have to a chance to  win the Championship on their home court in Game 5, something they had to win on the road in last year’s Finals.

A ray of sunshine for the Warriors is the resurgence of the Splash Brothers who led the team to a historic 17-3 pointers in the Finals. Stephen Curry who had 38 points is expected to have another monster night that could spark everyone’s offensive output.

Curry says this about missing Green – “Yeah, we’re going to come out aggressive and confident, just like we would if Draymond was playing. We understand what we’re playing for, and that’s all that matters. So we hope to have a great night, take care of the details of the game. Individual guys step up and play pretty special and have special efforts and come out with a win.”

Tyronne Lue of the Cavs says this — “He’s the heart and soul of their team, but we’ve still got to play. His suspension doesn’t make us win the game. We’ve got to go out and win the game and take the game. So it’s a big suspension on their end, but we’ve still got to play.”

Klay Thompson added 25 points for the Warriors and we are expecting him to rain 3s tonight. Klay has this to say — “If you don’t get up for that, there’s something wrong with you. We can’t wait to get to Oracle on Monday. I’ve been fortunate to play there for five years and we really do have the best fans in the league. They probably won’t have ever seemed as excited before as when we get to Monday.”

Kerr on Game 5 — “I just think that it’s the NBA Finals. We’re at home. We have a chance to close things out. I don’t think we need any more of an edge, any more psychological advantage, anything like that.

The game gives us all the motivation we need, and the biggest thing for us is to just tweak things a little bit here and there to try to get the right rotations on the floor at the right time. And because of our versatility, I feel like we’ll be able to do that.”

On the other side, we cannot rule out the Cleveland Cavaliers that while winning 3 straight games against a team that has won 73-regular season games is nearly improbable to comeback but they might be able to win Game 5 especially without Draymond Green.

Warriors is only the tenth team who was able to rally from a 3-1 deficit but no one in the Final was able to do that.
James has this to say — “We’ve already got to take a flight home back anyways, so we might as well come home with a win and play on our home floor again. Being a confident bunch, we feel like the chips have been stacked up against us all year anyway.”

Lue says this — “Just win one game. Bring everything we’ve got to win one game. I told the guys when we left — we have to come back to Cleveland anyways, so why not come back and play a game. So we’ve got to give everything we’ve got. Our backs are against the wall, so we’ve got to be prepared to win just one game.”

GAME 4 played on June 10, 2016, GSW wins leads series 3-1 on the score of 108 (GSW) – 97 (CLE)
Game 4 Western Conference Finals 2016 RECAP

This is the game that the Splash Brothers have risen from slumber hitting 3-pointers, layups, making small runs to close the gap, take the lead and eventually win the game.

Stephen Curry looked normal in the first three games of the NBA Finals and critics are vocal about Curry’s ability to push more in the finals.

Stephen Curry exploded for 38 points while fellow Splash brother Klay Thompson had 25 points beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97.

Curry who just averaged 16 points in the first three games in Finals showed why he is the MVP and what he is capable of doing.

Check this Curry highlights

Third quarter with over 8 minutes remaining is when the Splash Brothers came back to life in the NBA Finals 2016. Stephen Curry hit a three point shot, followed by another three by Thompson.

Iguodola had his moments when he tied the game with over 4.5 minutes remaining on a 3 pointer. Stephen Curry followed up with another 3-point shot with 4:07 remaining to give the Warriors the lead 72-69.

When the Splash brothers came back in the third quarter, James fought hard and was determined to win this game grabbing an offensive rebound in a paint of Warriors with 2:41 second and getting two points. James followed it up with a block against Curry with .7 seconds left in the shot clock.

On Curry’s comeback Green has this to say — “All the slander. He’s a competitor. He’s been under a heavy microscope, and rightfully so. Two-time MVP, you’re expected to have a great game in the finals. He struggled the first three, tonight he was our guy.”

Curry downplays his return back to action — “Business as usual. We answered the bell. We got back to who we are as a team.”

Steve Kerr feels that Curry getting back to business is as expected — “He’s Stephen Curry. He’s the MVP for a reason. He doesn’t have the size and strength to dominate a game physically, so he has to dominate with his skill and that’s not an easy thing to do because your shot sometimes isn’t going to go in. Tonight they went in.”

The Cavaliers had a hard time containing the Warriors especially when they hit a finals record of 17 3-pointers.

Kerr adds — “They got going. Sooner or later it’s going to happen. You can’t keep guys like that down forever.”

The Warriors have a huge chance of closing this game at home in Game 5, something they weren’t able to do in last year’s Finals when they won on the road against the Cavaliers.

Game 4 Western Conference Finals 2016 PREVIEW

This it the game that would test the character of the Golden State Warriors as they were blown by 30 points in Game 3 and the momentum has now shifted to the Cleveland Cavaliers with Game 4 on the Cavs’ arena, a place they have not lost in the playoffs this year.

Having gotten back from a 3-1 has the Warrior still optimistic with Curry still have a lot to give in the Finals, as Steve Kerr notes — “Just think about the OKC series. We’re down 3-1, he hadn’t played well. Look what he did the last few games. So that’s Steph. That’s who he is. He always responds. He’s got a huge heart, competitive as hell, and extremely talented. I know how he will respond. He’ll play well. He always does.”

Credit also to the Cavaliers defense who doesn’t allow Stephen Curry to shake out of screens and rotations.

Kerr knows they have to put Stephen in better scoring opportunities and would also need Curry to step up the game especially now in the Finals — “We can definitely help Steph out and we will. We can put him in better position to catch the ball or to handle the ball and to come off screens and that kind of stuff with more space, and we’ll do that tomorrow. Then the other side of it is just him playing better, and that’s what the Playoffs are about.”

After Game 2, the Warriors looked very bullish and the Cavs didn’t look like they had any chance of winning but after Game 3 people are worried that the Warriors might have slowed down while the Cavaliers are accelerating to winning status.

Kerr is alright with the situation and no need to worry — “All this stuff about, ‘Oh, my God, what are we going to do? All we have to do is take stock. We’re up 2-1. We’re in pretty good shape. We haven’t played that well. Let’s play better.”

Lebron James knew in Game 3 they cannot go down 3-0 in the series but same could be said in Game 4 as there is no team that were able to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers still need three more games to win the series

James says — “We can’t afford to go down 3-1 and go into their building and give them confidence going back. So it’s a do-or-die game for us still.”

We should expect Kyrie Irving to continue his offensive game which helped the Cavs win Game 3 while Kevin Love might play and contribute some given that he is coming back from concussion and doesn’t seem to find the flow in the Finals against the Warriors.

Irving has this to say — “As a maturing young player, young man, I had to really just remove myself emotionally and realize that the journey isn’t going to be easy in order to be a champion in this league, a great player or anything. And when you have the chance to learn from someone like that and you have a group of guys in our locker room like we do with veteran leadership, it makes my job a lot easier and a lot more fun to be a part of. So I’m happy about the team that we’re part of and the teams that I’ve been part of. But being around him every single day has been great for my career.”

What we are most interested in Game 4 is whether Stephen Curry can come back and show a mighty offense we have missed in this year’s Finals.

GAME 3 played on June 9, 2016, CLE wins trail series 2-1 on the score of 120 (CLE) – 90 (GSW)
Game 3 Western Conference Finals 2016 RECAP

Cleveland has played very well at home in the playoffs keeping their record unbeaten. They did not only beat the Warriors but took them for a crushing spin on a 30-point margin win.

Lebron James scored 32 points and 11 rebounds but most notably he put in jumpers whenever the Warriors are starting a mini-run to keep their opponents from closing the gap. Kyrie Irving who did not play well in the first two finals game scored 30 points.

The Cavaliers could not afford to lose this game and trail 0-3 in the series so they had one mission going into Game 3 – give everything and win. The Cavaliers spirits could have been crushed after blowout losses against the Warriors but today they showed character and the ability to bounce back.

As James noted — “We finally got back to our game. It was a good flow, a collective team win.”

The Cavaliers had to rely on their two superstars Kyrie Irving and Lebron James to carry most of the offensive load. Kevin Love is out on concussion protocol and the Cavs was able to find a way to win without him.

Tristan Thompson showed strength and defense that helped limit the Warriors offense

Missing in the finals series is MVP Stephen Curry who just scored a dismal 19 points. Curry started slow by only scoring two points in the first half and wasn’t able to pick it up in the second. Fellow splash brother Klay Thompson is also missing in action as he only scored 10 points while Harrison Barnes was able to contribute 18.

The Cavs are not yet out of the woods and call this a series until they have won Game 4 and make this a best of 3 series.

Steve Kerr was disappointed with his team — “We were soft. When you’re soft, you get beat on the glass and turn the ball over.”

Stephen Curry who still has to find his flow and range has this to say — “I’ve got to play 100 times better than that. I’m fine. Not the way we wanted the night to go.”

The Warriors need to steal one on the road to better their chances of winning the Championship instead of hoping to finish them off in Game 7 utilizing their home-court advantage.

It would be interesting how the Cavaliers will continue their dominance at home and whether the Warriors can bounce back on the road, most specially Stephen Curry.

Game 3 Western Conference Finals 2016 PREVIEW

The Cleveland Cavaliers are now down 0-2 in the NBA Finals 2016, both games played at the Warriors home court where they have been outstanding this season although not as much as the points and point margin win against the Cavaliers.

Cleveland has been able to score but could not play defense as the Warriors went on a scoring spree. Lebron James in an interview said they have to win Game 3 as they cannot be down by 0-3.

Warriors defense key for Game 3 on the road

With a 33-point win, the Warriors looked invincible especially since both the Splash Brothers just scored less than 20 a piece, more than half of what they are capable of scoring on big times.

The good thing going for Lebron James and the Cavaliers is they are playing at home where they play extremely well having routed the Raptors and every other team in the playoffs.

Both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love has not played well and it was reported that Kevin will be out in Game 3 because of concussion. Kyrie Irving will have to step up in Game 3 to make this a series.

As James noted — “It’s a do or die game for us”.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have not yet lost at home in the playoffs and while it is known that the East has weaker teams; the Warriors might find themselves trying to keep up with the Cavs.

Tristan Thompson notes — “We feed off each other. We’ve been great at home. We’re excited.”

James adds — “If we can score a little bit more, which I believe we will do in Game 3, that will help our defense out a lot, too. When you miss versus those guys it gives them the ability to get out and run, which they’re very good at. Either from Draymond (Green) pushing the break or Iguodala pushing the break or Steph and those guys run the floor and they run to their spots and create a lot of problems. So if they’re taking the ball out of bounds, then it slows it up just a little bit. So we’ve got to do a better job of putting the ball in the basket.”

Draymond Green, the main hustle man for the Warriors is optimistic they could find energy on the road — “I’ve always said the best feeling in the world is to quiet another team’s crowd, so that right there is motivation.”

Steve Kerr on the total team effort — “We just want to win. It doesn’t matter who scores the points or who gets the credit. We do feel like the strength of our team is our depth, and we’re not overly reliant on one player, even the MVP. So our depth has shown so far, and I’m sure we’ll have different players continue to step up as the series goes on.”

GAME 2 played on June 5, 2016, GSW wins leads the series 2-0 on the score of 110 (GSW) – 77 (CLE)
Game 2 Western Conference Finals 2016 RECAP

The Warriors came into the game knowing what happened last year when they won Game 1 and lost the next two games to a depleted Cleveland Cavaliers. They arrived focused and with so much strength and force that it looked like they were playing against a bunch of amateur players when they routed the team for 33 points.

The Cavaliers didn’t even put up a fight in the fourth quarter when the Warriors were trying to break away as Lebron James continued to rest the quarter.

The offense for the Warriors on Game 2 was outstanding

There is a lot of pressure for the Golden State Warriors to win the Championship especially after breaking the Chicago Bulls record of regular season wins by finishing with 73. The historic regular season would have been for nothing if they didn’t end up with a Championship trophy. The Warriors are now two wins away from making this an incredible season whose records may not be broken for the next few decades.

The supporting cast of the Warriors delivered once again with Green scoring 28 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out five assists and hitting five 3-pointers. MVP Stephen Curry scored 18 points still far from what he is capable of but the Warriors still won by a huge margin of 33 points, the Warriors biggest finals win.

Lebron has this to say on the loss — “They just beat us. We didn’t win anything. At no point in the game did we win anything.”

Coach Steve Kerr says this — “I’m definitely surprised at the margin of victory tonight. It happens in the NBA, sometimes things get away from you. Sometimes shots go in, sometimes they don’t. … Everything changes when we go to Cleveland, we know that.”

Klay Thompson scored 17 points and the Splash brothers had almost twice the performance they had in Game 1.

Stephen Curry says this — “What we’ve done the last few years, everybody, every night has an impact. You don’t know where it’s going to come from any given night. We’ve got to keep our focus and our edge and hopefully get two more.”

Lebron James have to talk things over with the team and coach Tyronne Lue needs to pull something from his sleeve to at least close the gap when they host the Warriors on Wednesday for Game 3 of the NBA Finals 2016.

Kevin Love was put in the NBA’s concussion protocol after he felt dizzy in the second half of the game.

Lue has this to say — “The guys are not discouraged. But we’ve got to be tougher. … They did what they were supposed to do, they won two games at home. We’ve got to get home and do the same.”

“Stop it,” Green said as he had a great night with five 3-pointers. His 3-point accuracy got Thompson to say this — “Tonight, he’s one of us”.

The Warriors’ 87 victories combined from their record 73-win regular season and the playoffs matched the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, the group Golden State topped for the most regular season victories in NBA history of 73.

Andrew Bogut delivered on the defensive end with five blocks while the Warriors had nine overall.

Thompson thinks the Warriors are better than the Lakers — “We’re better than the Showtime Lakers”.

The Cavaliers need to get their act together and would have their best chance of coming back on Game 3 at their homecourt; otherwise, they will be down 0-3 in this series. In the next game they are just a win away to making this a series.

Game 2 Western Conference Finals 2016 PREVIEW

If the Cleveland Cavaliers have a chance of winning the NBA Finals Championship 2016 it has to start in Game 2.

The Warriors was able to beat them by 15 points without their superstars contributing much in Game 1. The Cavaliers will have to be ready for the Splash brothers explosion while keeping up with the rest of the reserves to level the series in Game 2.

The Cavaliers seemed to be a stronger opponent when they didn’t have the two other stars in the game. Lebron will have to rally his team similar to how he got everyone to elevate their game to stretch the series to Game 6 in last year’s finals.

The Cavs looked superior on their playoff run only losing two games and not it seems the weaker Eastern Conference has not done them a favor.

James however remains confident — “We’re not a team that loses our composure over anything”.

Cavs coach Tyronne Lue has this to say — “It was funny because people were talking about not having been through adversity, and, I mean, we’ve been through adversity all season. And I thought our guys did a great job of just coming together and understanding we have one common goal to start the season, and throughout that we had a lot of bumps in the road and a lot of things that happened.”

Kevin Love thinks being down in the series is an opportunity to show how they fight — “There’s good things that can come from it and feeling like your back is up against the wall. Then you have to push back and fight. I think we’ve been a team that has kind of thrived in, I don’t know if chaos is the right word, but thrived in adversity and been able to bounce back. We’re going to look to Sunday as definitely a bounce-back game and try to go 1-1 back to Cleveland.”

The series that the Warriors had with the Thunder strengthened them more as Green says — “I think that experience of going through that definitely makes us closer and a lot tougher. That wasn’t an easy series by any means. Then coming down and coming back from down 3-1, it gives you a certain amount of confidence.”

The Warriors will be working harder despite taking Game 1 as they do not want to be in the same situation they were last year when they went down 2-1 in the series after winning Game 1. Steve Kerr on this — “I don’t think it will be a problem. “I think we’re much more experienced. We have that memory in our mind. We’ve been through this now, and we understand you can’t let up ever. Sunday is obviously a huge game. We’d like to go take care of business and get out on the road with a 2-0 lead. But we’ve got to play well.”

GAME 1 played on June 2, 2016, GSW wins leads the series 1-0 on the score of 104 (GSW) – 89 (CLE)
Game 1 Western Conference Finals 2016 RECAP

James said before Game 1 that facing the Warriors is unique – “The fact that we’re going back to back, I think, is pretty unique.” James adds that it would be an interesting write-up in history — “It’s pretty unique to be in this position to have another opportunity for guys to write about, for us to play it, for the people to talk about it throughout the world. I’m blessed that I can be a part of conversations.”

I highly doubt this is what James thought about being written for this Championship series. The Cleveland Cavaliers got blown out by 15 points in game dominated by the Warriors. James was probably confident they would fare better compared to last year’s finals especially because Irving and Love are in the roster.

What adds insult to injury is that the Warriors was able to win by 15 points while the Splash brothers were having a bad night. Both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson only combined 20 points on 8-27 shooting, less than half of what they were capable of. The supporting case were the ones who delivered the loss to the Cavaliers with Draymond Green scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and Shaun Livingston adding 20 points, his highest personal playoff record.

Curry has this to say on their performance — “You don’t win championships without the entire squad coming in and making an impact on games. That’s why we’re here.”

The bench of Golden State scored 45 points against the 10 points from Lebron James’ supporting cast.

The next game will still be played on the Warriors ground and Lebron knows what is at stake — “When you get outscored 45-10 on the bench and give up 25 points off 17 turnovers, no matter what someone does or doesn’t do, it’s going to be hard to win, especially on the road. Don’t matter what you do with Steph and Klay, don’t matter what you do with Draymond.”

The supporting cast of the Splash brothers delivered with Barbosa scoring 11 points on a perfect 5-5 shooting night, Iguodala scoring 12 points, adding seven rebounds and six assists.

Steve Kerr praise the bench of the Warriors — “We play a lot of people, and we feel like we have a lot of talent on the bench that can come in and score when we need it. So it’s a great sign, obviously, that we can win in the finals without those two guys having big games, but it’s not really that surprising to us. This has been our team the last couple of years.”

The Warriors battle cry “Strength in Numbers” fits how the Warriors performed to win the first game of the Finals. Livingston reinforces this — “That’s our motto. That’s what we believe in. We pick each other up. We believe in each other and we just fight.”

Lebron James scored 23 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, while Kyrie Irving added 26 points, 11 on free throws.

Iguodala is a great team player as he had performed very well when he played at the starting lineup for  Game 7 clincher against Oklahoma City but did not miss a beat when he went back to the bench contributing from both ends of the floor.

Harrison Barnes who is starting in Iguodala’s place, scored 13 points. Superstar Curry only had 11 points but had six assists and five rebounds, while Thompson only scored nine points.

Cavaliers coach said this — “I thought our guys did a great job of locking into those guys. Their bench played well. So we’ve got to go back to the drawing board and try to figure out how to take those guys out of the game.”

Kevin Love had a productive night with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Game 1 Western Conference Finals 2016 PREVIEW

This is a rematch of last year’s Finals. More than that it features a head to head competition between two of the best ballplayers in the world. Both are MVP players. Both are endorsers of big sports products — Nike vs Under Armour.

The Warriors have defeated the Cavaliers last year and we would expect Lebron James to rally his team and end the 52-year drought of the city of Cleveland from winning a Championship title. The task would not be easy however as the Warriors are way better this year having won 73-regular season games and was able to show their ability under pressure after climbing back from a deficit of 3-1 against the Thunder.

The same could be said for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they are more complete than last year when Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love was out and James had to carry his team.

Is this going to be a team rivalry? We are not yet sure given that Lebron James could transfer to another team next year and the rivalry maybe between these two superstars.

Curry’s take on the matchup finals — “It’s really annoying for me. That’s not what I’m playing for, to be the face of the NBA or to be this or that or to take LeBron’s throne or whatever. You know, I’m trying to chase rings, and that’s what I’m all about. So that’s where the conversation stops for me.”

Curry does not seem to be bothered by the attitude of James towards him when during last year’s finals James has proclaimed he is the best player on the planet despite Stephen Curry winning the MVP title. James posted 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists but could not deliver the Championship to the city of Cleveland.

James took another shot at Curry when he won his second MVP award and became the only  unanimous winner — “but when you talk about most `valuable’ then you can have a different conversation, so, take nothing away from him, he’s definitely deserving of that award, for sure.”

The media have been eating the comments of James and tries to make a rivalry out of them, James however downplays it — “You guys make rivals. I think it’s great for the sport. It’s great for all sports. I don’t think me and Steph, when you talk about rivalries, you talk about Carolina-Duke, you talk about Ohio State-Michigan. It’s hard to say LeBron and Steph. If there’s a smaller scale or another word for a rival.”

Klay Tompson says this about these stars — “I don’t think there’s just a face in the NBA. I think there are faces because it’s such a star-driven league. … But I think it might be easier for the common fan to relate to Steph because it’s hard to be 6-8, 260 and have a 40-inch (vertical) and be the fastest guy on the floor.”

Stephen Curry is a superstar that most of the fans can relate too, small, thin, people doubting his ability. As such he had to work harder to keep up with players of superior athletic ability. He had to work the hardest to overtake players bigger and stronger. Curry has become the hero most fans want to be and the surging sales of Under Armour proves this.

As Thompson notes — “The casual fan might relate better to Steph because he doesn’t have that athletic just God-given ability. It’s tough to say. It’s just personal preference, honestly.”

James on facing the Warriors again — “The fact that we’re going back to back, I think, is pretty unique. It’s pretty unique to be in this position to have another opportunity for guys to write about, for us to play it, for the people to talk about it throughout the world. I’m blessed that I can be a part of conversations.”

Game Highlights Warriors vs Cavaliers NBA Finals 2016

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs4FZWcQawQ

This video shows the game highlights from pre-game, to all four quarters. It was an intense and exciting game up until the middle part of the 4th quarter when the Cavaliers doesn’t look like they will mount a comeback.

 

Exciting game that saw Cavaliers controlling the earlier part before the Splash Brothers hit consecutive shots to give the Warriors a 3-1 lead.

Kevin Love out for Game 3 in NBA Finals 2016

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Kevin Love was injured in Game 2 of the NBA finals when Harrison Barnes accidentally elbowed him when scrambling for a rebound of a free-throw attempt.

The Cleveland Cavaliers is in a must-win situation against the Golden State Warriors as another lose would put them 0-3 in the NBA Finals 2016. The Cavaliers are hoping the home-court advantage together with huge contributions from Irving and Love would help them secure Game 3.

Kevin Love remained on the floor after the incident with Barnes while play continued. He eventually stood, finished the second quarter and appeared at the start of the third. He appeared fine in the game but requested to be taken out after he felt dizzy.

Doctors determined to place Love on concussion protocol. With two days rest the Cavaliers were hoping to get Kevin Love back in the game and help them climb back in the series. It doesn’t look Love is healthy and would have to sit this one out.

Channing Frye will put in the workload tonight and hopefully he can have the same impact as Delladova. It would be remembered that the Cavaliers went down 0-2 last year against the Warriors before winning two straight games. Without Love and Irving, Delladova stepped up offensively and defensively that helped them event he series at 2 games apiece.

Golden State Warriors vs Oklahoma City Thunder Western Conference Finals 2016

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Golden State Warriors vs Oklahoma City Thunder Western Conference Finals 2016
GSW wins Series 4-3
GAME SUMMARY
Game 1: OKC 108 GSW 102
Game 2: GSW 118 OKC 91
Game 3: OKC 133 GSW 105
Game 4: OKC 118 GSW 94
Game 5: GSW 120 OKC 111
Game 6: GSW 108 OKC 101
Game 7: GSW 96 OKC 88
GAME 7 played on May 30, 2016, GSW wins the series 4-3 on the score of 96 (GSW) – 88 (OKC)
Game 7 Western Conference Finals 2016 RECAP

Stephen Curry leads the Golden State Warriors in a historic comeback capped with a magnificent performance seeing him bury one triple shot after another.

The Splash Brothers shone in this western conference finals 2016 against the Thunders to beat them 3 games to 1 on the score of 96-88 in Game 7.

The Golden State Warriors had a 73-win season which looked like they were coasting up until now where they had to work the hardest to get back to the finals. As Curry put it — “You appreciate how tough it is to get back here. You’ve got to be appreciative of this accomplishment, and look forward to getting four more wins.”

Stephen Curry, MVP, scored 36 points on seven 3-pointers on a total of record 32 from beyond the arc for a seven game series.

Fellow Splash brother Klay Thompson scored 21 points and six triples that also saw him carry the load on Game 6 with 11 3-pointers.

The Warriors are the 10th team to comeback from a 3-1 deficit, pushing them for a return trip to the NBA Finals with a rematch against the Cleveland Cavaliers led by Lebron James. GSW beat the CAVS in six games for their first championship in 40 years.

Steve Kerr has this to say — “We survived by the skin of our teeth. We were able to pull it out, and we’re moving on.”

Stephen Curry was a sight to behold as the final buzzer sounded with a pump on the right arm as the yellow confetti fell at the Oracle Arena.

The Thunders didn’t go down with a fight and they still had a chance to close the gap and win the game with 1:18 remaining but a foul by Serge Ibaka on Curry’s 3-point attempt and then making all three free throws to give the Warrior breathing room towards victory.

Curry is clutch and Steve Kerr has this to say — “This is who he is. Having a clutch performance in a Game 7, that’s Steph Curry.

Green was vocal on his confidence for the Warriors to comeback — “No one ever had any doubt that we could get this done. People have seen teams down 3-1 before but they ain’t seen many. They’ve definitely never seen a 73-win team down 3-1.”

Special note should be given to Andre Iguodala who was once a franchise player and starting five but for most part of the last two seasons came off the bench. He is starting five caliber and when the Golden State Warriors needed him most started for the Warriors in just the second time this season primarily to lock down Kevin Durant, who scored 27 points on 10 for 19 shooting but most importantly locking him down for the crucial moments of the game.

Kevint Durant has this comment — “It hurts losing, especially being up 3 games to 1.”

Thunder coach, Billy Donovan, acknowledge the difficulty of playing the defending champions — “They won a world championship last year, and they’ve broken an NBA record, and people are already talking about it before the playoffs started, this may be the greatest team to ever lace them up in the history of the NBA.”

This marks the first Game 7 of the Warriors at home in 40 years and the team didn’t disappoint the fans and making it more memorable with the comeback from 3-1.

The Golden State Warriors didn’t only score points but were stellar at the defensive end as they held the Thunder to just 12 third quarter points, the lowest allowed by GSW in a playoff third quarter in the shot clock era.

Harrison Barnes came off the bench to give way to Iguodala in the starting lineup which proved valuable in helping the team reach the finals. The Warriors now have a 4-4 all time win record in Game 7s and have a home record 3 is to 1.

Game 7 Western Conference Finals 2016 PREVIEW

The Warriors broke the regular season record of the Chicago Bulls by winning 73 games. The Bulls were able to win the championship on that season. The record setting regular season of the Warriors would mean less if the cannot bring home the title. The team agrees that every team and personal milestones and accomplishments would mean nothing if they can’t take it all the way to the Championship title.

The 73-point regular season milestone might be joined by another major achievement — being the 10th team in history to comeback from a 3-1 deficit.

The Warriors team however feel that the 73-win regular season means nothing if they do not win the Championship. They managed to claw their way back to Game 7 after trailing by 3-1 against the Thunder.

Steve Kerr says the players are tough, and I absolutely agree especially against Durant and trailing by 3-1 could have broken other teams — “I’ve learned that our players are tough, they’re mentally tough. I don’t know if I really learned that. I already knew that. But they’ve firmly confirmed that. It’s been a great comeback. Now we still have to play. We still have another game.”

The team took it one game at a time and now they have a chance to close out the Thunders and comeback to the Finals.

After the team won Game 5 Stephen Curry has this to say — “We ain’t going home!”

Steve Kerr on winning Game 6 — “We got a big one last night to stay alive, and now we’ve got some momentum. But it can work in reverse. One game changes everything, and we’ve got to come out and play our game and play well to finish the series out.”

Things are looking good for the Warriors as they have only lost three times at home this season and while Durant can have mismatches are various positions like Durant at SF and Adams in the paint, Warriors will be very tough at home to beat them. Although they are trying to keep their confidence just enough — “It’s going to be a hard game. If we thought tonight was hard, Game 7’s going to be even tougher. Everybody on both sides of the ball is going to leave it all out on the floor. It’s win or go home. So we can’t expect just because we’re at home that we can just show up and win.”

Thompson says — “Lot of people probably counted us out.”

Durant sees this as an opportunity for greatness — “This is what you dream about, getting this opportunity. We’ve got to take advantage of it. Go up into their building, and it’s going to be great atmosphere. … No matter where you play, you’ve still got to play. That’s how we look at it.”

Thunders coach chimes in – “We lost Game 6, and it was a tough, hard-fought game. We’re disappointed about not having a different outcome. But we haven’t lost the series, and we have an opportunity again. I think just being around these guys, they’re a resilient group.”

Curry is still nursing his injuried but knows what is at stake — “I actually kind of like it, because you understand the moment of the playoffs and just kind of gets you going. I’ll be ready to go and give it everything I’ve got for Game 7.”

GAME 6 played on May 28, 2016, GSW wins ties the series 3-3 on the score of 108 (GSW) – 101 (OKC)
Game 6 Western Conference Finals 2016 RECAP

This was a night where Klay Tompson took over carrying them until the last possessions that saw Stephen Curry seal the deal for the Warriors.

The Warriors now have a shot of becoming just the 10th team to comeback from a 3-1 deficit and win the series. Klay scored 41 points delivering a playoff-record of 11 3-point shots to lead Golden State to victory 108-101.

For most part of the game the Thunders were leading and appear to be in control but everytime they look like breaking away Thompson hits them with a triple to make sure they were in striking distance and had a shot of winning the game.

Stephen Curry then went out and scored the necessary points to put them ahead in the 4th quarter as Klay says to Curry — “Steph told me before I went out in the fourth, `This is your time. You know, put on a show out there and have fun.’ I took those words to heart, and I just tried to be aggressive.”

Curry has this to say — “We’ve got a lot of belief and a lot of heart, and we’ve given ourselves a chance to win this series. That’s all we could ask for. There’s obviously a lot of excitement, but we still have one job to do.”

Not to take away from Curry’s heroics in the closing minutes of the 4th quarter, Thompson did carry a lot of the load as he scored 19 points in the final quarter as they trailed 8 points against the Thunders.

The Warriors lived by the three point line as they have in so many games the past few years, they had 21 of 44 from beyond the arc while the Thunders had a measly there 3-pointers on 3 of 23 shooting.

Both Durant and Westbrook didn’t shoot the ball very well considering it was in their homecourt; Kevin Durant scored 29 points on 10 of 31 shots, while Russell Westbrook added 28 on 10 of 27.

Most of the breakdown in the Thunders game was because of turnovers as they committed six in the final 2:55 seconds and Westbrook contributing to three in the last 55 seconds. Composure wasn’t there for Oklahoma as their coach notes — “That really wasn’t – hasn’t been us in the last month and a half. I thought we got a little stagnant coming down the stretch.”

Durant said — “They switched everything and kind of closed the game up, and we missed some shots and they got hot from the 3

Green has this to say to winning and looking forward to Game 7 — “To be in this situation – people were doubting us. It will be the hardest game of our lives. It will be way harder than this game. Going back home, everybody will think, `Oh, it’s done.’ It will be way harder. But if we come out and do what we did and stick to the game plan, we’ll be fine.”

Game 6 Western Conference Finals 2016 PREVIEW

The Oklahoma has two chances to clinch the Western Conference Finals 2016 however if they lose game six and go back to Oracle Arena for Game seven it looks like way lot less as the Warriors have only lost 3 times this season at home.

Donovan wants his team to focus on what’s in front and not Game 7, “We’ve got to play the 48 minutes tomorrow night. That’s really what it comes down to. You can get caught up in thinking about the future and what the results mean at the end of the game. But the bottom line is the result at the end of the game will happen, and what you don’t want to do is be focused on the result and forget to do your job during the course of 48 minutes.”

Oklahoma is as deadly at home as the Warriors is at their homecourt as they have won in huge margins against the Warriors in Game 3 for a 133-105 and Game 4 for a 118-94 blowout that has buried the Warriors to a 3-1 deficit. Momentum is what is going on with the Warriors but if the Thunder can mentally put that aside they have the capability to closeout the series at home.

The Warriors know it’s not going to be an easy task — “It will take all of our IQ, all of our gamesmanship, and just 48 great minutes to get a win down there, considering how the last two games have gone”

Steve Kerr adds — “Our guys have had a spectacular run here the last two years. They’ve loved every second of it. They don’t want it to end, and no matter how you look at it, if you’re not the last team standing, it’s tough. It’s a disappointing way to go out. So we want to hang in there. We want to win the next two and get back to the finals.”

Golden State’s bread and butter is the 3-point shot while the Thunder have dominated the league in rebounding however all three wins by the Warriors is when they have tied or bested the Thunder in rebounding. Hustle is what is making it up for the Warriors and Oklahoma shouldn’t allow that. The Thunder do not have the shooting range to beat the Warriors from beyond the arc but they have to hustle and dominate the boards that helped them win against the Warriors this season.

Thunder coach has this to say — “There have been some games in this series where we’ve done a really good job, and there are some games we need to do a better job. I’ve said this during the course of the season – you’ve got to be intentional about what you’re doing. We’ll have to go back and start over and understand that that’s really – and has always been in this series – a very, very important ingredient for both teams.”

Curry notes — “We play better when we’re having fun. We played like we were really stressed in OKC, and it showed. Got to bottle up that joy and take it with us on the plane to OKC and be ready on Saturday. It’s going to be an electric atmosphere, and I think we’re ready for the challenge.”

GAME 5 played on May 26, 2016, GSW wins trails the series 3-2 on the score of 120 (GSW) – 111 (OKC)
Game 5 Western Conference Finals 2016 RECAP

Stephen Curry is shouting and chanting — “We ain’t going home! We’re not going home!”

Trailing the series 3-1, the Thunders were looking to close out the series and keep the Warriors from being only the 10th team to comeback from a 3-1 deficit. It is still a long way to go but if there is any team than can continue keeping alive in this series it is the Warriors.

Curry scored 31 points and made sure the defending champions do not have an early vacation with a 120-111 victory over the Thunder on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals 2016.

Curry has this to say — “We just did what we’re supposed to do. We’re supposed to win at home. We know what we still have to do going forward. … We knew if we didn’t win we were going home. There’s no other motivation you need.”

MVP Stephen Curry is still hurting from a series of injuries – ankle, sore knee, tender elbow but coach Steve Kerr thinks he is fine — “I thought he looked like 91 percent. He came out and played a really good game. That’s all I can tell you. He’s going to compete every night. He had an excellent night and helped us get it done.”

The Warriors looked very much like the Warriors who won 73-games in the regular season as Klay Thompson scored 27 points to keep their hopes alive. Thompson chimes in — “None of us want to go home. We’re having too much fun out there.”

Kevin Durant still had a big night scoring 40 points while Russell Westbrook put in 31 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals.

The Warriors was dealt with a first back-to-back loss this season against the Thunder that saw them go down 3-1 in the series.

“We have to take that game and travel,” Curry notes about this win.

The Thunder went down fighting as Durant even scored a 3-pointer with 4:34 remaining which closed the gap to 103-98.

Steve Kerr said — “I liked our will, I liked our fight. We were embarrassed in OKC the last couple games.”

Thunder had a very good game as Thunder coach says — “We didn’t shoot a particularly good percentage when we got into the lane and got into the deep paint. We had our opportunities.” However, the Warriors had a great game and total team effort, Curry says, — “We really relied on the entire team tonight, which is when we’re at our best”.

Steve Kerr adds — “We played with great desperation. I knew how we would play. This is a championship team.”

Durant identified the complacency that happened — “Their bench came in and made shots, made plays for them. We know we’re going home. We can’t relax.”

Game 5 Western Conference Finals 2016 PREVIEW

The Warriors have suddenly trailed in the series 3-1 and the team that looked invincible are now in the brink of elimination. It is too late for major Xs and Os and the major work that needs to be done here is to get the team mentally prepared for the next game and possible the next three games under a resilient and powerful Thunders’ team.

Kerr has this to say — “Well, it’s a sense of reality staring us in the face. We’re down 3-1. “Momentum can shift quickly in the playoffs. We’ve seen that the last couple years. Let’s take care of business at home, get some momentum back and we’ve got a chance.”

The Warriors team had been very tough throughout the season and every team seemed like an easy picking but today with the Oklahoma Thunders, the Warriors team are faced with a formidable opponent that will test the strength of the 73-win regular season team.

After the Warriors were defeated 118-94 and went down for 3-1 series standing, Kerr says the mood is not good — “It was not festive. It was quiet.”

The Golden State Warriors had a huge 21 turnover for the game and Stephen Curry who is deadly from beyond the arc looked like someone who couldn’t shoot as he was only able to make 2 out of 10 3-pointers.

Is Stephen Curry affected by the injury? Kerr says — “I don’t do that. If he were struggling with anything, I would know. Nobody has said anything about Steph being 70 percent to me. Our training staff, relatives, friends, sources with knowledge of our team’s thinking, nobody has told me he’s 70 percent.”

Golden State will need to see the Splash Brothers step up and have huge games to get this team back to the finals. There are only nine teams in history that was able to get back from a 3-1 deficit. Kerr however is optimistic since they are the defending champions.

Thunder coach says this — “Again, we have great respect for Golden State. We know how good of a team they are. You’ve got to get to a place after each game – what happened in the game, what do we need to get better, what do we do well, what are some changes or adjustments we need to make – and then you’ve got to move into the next one. I just don’t believe that Game 5 is a continuation from Game 4. This is its own separate game and we’re going to have to go now on the road to play in a very difficult environment against a great team.”

Durant who last reached the Finals in 2012 is very close to getting back to the Championships — “Every game you have a sense of urgency, it’s the playoffs and you know what everybody’s playing for. We’ve just got to come out there and be who we are. We can’t put too much pressure on ourselves. We have to go out, play the game, and play with passion and energy. And we know the whole crowd’s going to be against us and we have to stick together even more.”

Kerr knows how well prepared the Thunders are — “They’ve had a lot of frustration over the years. They’re healthy. They’re whole. They are determined, and they want what we have. We have a banner hanging up in here and we take great pride in that. It’s a hard thing to accomplish, and they’ve been close, but they haven’t done it, and they’re coming after us. They’re really getting after it and playing well and competing. We’ve got to stand up to that.”

The Thunder have the ability to close this out in Game 5 but the Warriors is not going to be a push-over and would fight and might be able to win this still.

GAME 4 played on May 24, 2016, OKC wins leads the series 3-1 on the score of 118 (OKC) – 94 (GSW)
Game 4 Western Conference Finals 2016 RECAP

The unthinkable just happened, Golden State Warriors are now down in the series 3-1 and are in the brink of elimination. Russell Westbrook had an incredible triple double performance with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Thunder have beaten the Warriors by 24 point on the score of 118-94.

This also marks the first time that the Warriors have lost two consecutive games this season.

Warriors head coach said — “We all have to bounce back. The good news is, we go home. Obviously we play well at home. The idea now is to go home and get one win. Do that, and we put some pressure on them and we’ll see what happens.”

The Warriors was led by splash brother Klay Thompson with 26 points. Stephen Curry who is probably still hurting was only able to score 19 points on 6-20 shooting. However, Steve Kerr says Curry is fine — “He’s not injured. He’s coming back from the knee, but he’s not injured. He just had a lousy night. It happens, even to the best players in the world.”

The last time the Warriors have lost consecutive games by at least 20 points was 44 years ago in 1972 Western Conference Semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The team struggled including Draymond Green who usually keeps low turnovers and hustles on productive on both ends of the floor as he only finished with six points, 11 rebounds plus six turnovers.

Aside from superstart Durant and Westbrook, the Thunder got huge contribution from Andre Roberson who scored 17 points, 12 rebounds. Durant finished the game with 26 points, 11 rebounds while Serge Ibaka added 17 points and seven rebounds in a total team contributing effort that gave them a 3-2 lead in the series.

Westbrook who posted his 5th playoff career triple double has this to say — “I play every game like it’s my last, regardless of who’s in front of me. That’s my job, and my job is to worry about my team, and that’s all I do.” Russel continues — “I think we’re in a good place, but like I said, this game is over. We’ve got to move on to the next game. Every game is different.”

It was a tight match at the beginning that had the Thunder lead by only 4 points at the end of the first quarter 30-26. They had a run in the second quarter and by the end of the half they were leading by 19 points 72-53.

The Warriors tried to rally back at the start of the third quarter with Klay Tompson scoring 19 points at the start of the third quarter. Thunder still was able to hold off a major comeback and still had the lead at 94-82.

Curry notes — “This is a tough situation to be in, but the series isn’t over.”

Game 4 Western Conference Finals 2016 PREVIEW

Draymond Green is being accused by Russell Westbrook of intentionally kicking and hurting Thunder Steven Adams. The Thunder have managed to keep up with the Warriors by their hustle plays and Adams is out hustling and outplaying Draymond Green in this series so far.

Green appear to have kicked 7-foot, 255-pound Adams in the second quarter of GSW’s Game 3 loss to Oklahoma City on Sunday night.

Green has this response — “There are multiple plays where I did it later in the game when I got fouled and my right leg went up. I always do it. Russell said I did it on purpose, but he’s part of the superstar group that started all this acting in the NBA. Russell Westbrook kicked me at the end of the half. He just didn’t happen to catch me where I caught Steven Adams.”

Westbrook responded — “I’ve never been fined for one flop since I’ve been playing in the NBA. I don’t know about no flopping or nothing. I don’t know how to flop. But it seems like he was the one that was flailing, kicking his legs out and stuff yesterday. It wasn’t me.”

Draymond Green was called for a flagrant 1 foul and Adam said Green has done it twice already, once in Game 2. The NBA fined Draymond with $25,000 and the foul was upgraded to flagrant 2. Good thing however is that there are no suspensions and the series would be fought with both teams complete and ready to battle.

Steve Kerr says — “He needs to refocus a little bit. He’ll admit it. It was not one of his best games – in fact, it was one of his worst. The great thing with Draymond is he always turns it around. He’s one of the great competitors that we have in the league, that we have on our team. When things aren’t looking great, he usually plays his best. “Does he have to be careful? I guess. Now, people are watching for him or whatever. He’s just going to play, he’s going to be himself, and we’ll see what happens.”

Green defends himself downplaying the flagrant foul — “I can see how somebody can think it was intentional, but yet nobody can go in my head and say, `Draymond was thinking about kicking him and he kicked him. If you watch my reaction, I walk back to the three-point line, clap everybody’s hands, turn around and look like, `What’s the dude on the floor for?”‘

Now Green is being booed by the Thunder crowd — “That’s what was frustrating to me. I was just bad. I missed a couple easy ones and it just kind of killed my whole game. That was pretty frustrating, especially with all the boos, because I love boos and it usually helps me play well. It was frustrating that I couldn’t get it going.”

Green needs to be back in his usual self as he seem out of element. He is only averaging 13 points on 37 percent shooting in the series, and just 5.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists. Green averages 14 points on a high 49 percent shooting, 9.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists.

Curry believes in Green — “He’s mentally strong, so nothing that happened last night is going to affect Game 4 except light a fire probably. You can look at trends and all that. In the Houston series, he was able to understand what he needed to do differently. He’s a very smart guy. He has a great eye for the game. I think it matters to him a lot to have an impact on the game. He’ll find a way.”

GAME 3 played on May 22, 2016, OKC wins leads the series 2-1 on the score of 133 (OKC) – 105 (GSW)
Game 3 Western Conference Finals 2016 RECAP

Getting blown out by 28 points by a team you have mastered to beat during the regular season is not looking well for the Championship hopes of Golden State Warriors. The Thunder have brought on the firepower thunderous enough to take the lead in the Western Conference Finals 2016.

The Warriors who are bidding to win back to back Championships found themselves sinking against the Thunder as they are now trailing. The Thunder is led by Durant’s 33 points and Westbrook adding 30 points and 12 assists and eight rebounds. The Warriors lost by 28 points and have even trailed by a huge 41 points against the Thunder’s.

Kerr has this to say — “We got what we deserved”.

Durant and Westbrook are playing extremely well as both have been shooting more than 50 percent from the field.

Tompson has this to say — “We’re not going to win that way. One of those guys got to have an off night.”

Golden State will need to focus on winning the next game otherwise they will fall behind 3-1 against a powerful and explosive Oklahoma City Thunder. This is not an unfamiliar territory for the Warriors as they also trailed Memphis and Cleveland 2-1 in playoff series last year before winning the Championship title.

As Kerr puts it — “Both times, we got blown out in Game 3, and we responded well, so we have that memory. I’m confident we’re going to come out and play a really good game in Game 4, and we’ll see what happens.”

Game 3 Western Conference Finals 2016 PREVIEW

The Splash Brothers are fueling the Golden State Warriors and what could have been a clear easy series became a tough competitive one as the Oklahoma City Thunders are working the Warriors with their big guys.

The Thunder have secured game 1 by beating the Warriors on the boards by eight and against a team who likes to shoot from the outside, the ability to rebound the ball is a key factor in this series.

The Warriors are aware of this which is why in Game 2 they were able to tie the series by beating them in the rebounding department despite being the smaller team. The hustle needs to be spot on for the Warriors with Green, Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights defending the boards.

Green says they are ready to get physical – “always flying in there, trying to get the rebound. So you’ve got to hit bodies.”

The Warriors crashed the offensive boards even when the Thunder have the upper hand in rebounds and can quickly translate it into a fastbreak.

Durant has this to say on the Warriors adjustments on the boards — “I think they just got all the 50-50 balls on the offensive glass. It kind of surprises when guys are running in there because we’re so good in transition. But they were in there and able to get their hands on some basketballs, so you have to give them credit.”

The Thunder needs to make adjustments here and Durant says — “It’s on us to make adjustments, boxing guys out and putting bodies on them and getting those rebounds. As simple as that. So we can’t have that next game.”

The Thunder not only have their power forwards Ibaka and center Adams who are crashing the boards but even Durant and Westbrook are not only deadly on the offensive end but also in the rebounding departments.

Ezeli is one of the forwards in the Warriors team tasked to take care of the boards, has this to say — “We know they’re a very tough team,” he said. “It’s going to be a battle of the rest of the series, that’s for sure. We just have to keep focusing on what we do and playing the right way, and hopefully it works out in our favor.”

GAME 2 played on May 18, 2016, GSW wins ties the series 1-1 on the score of 118 (GSW) – 91 (OKC)
Game 2 Western Conference Finals 2016 RECAP

As expected the odds for Thunder winning four straight road playoff games and the Golden State Warriors losing two straight this season have caught up and the Warriors coasted along to win the second game of the Western Conference Finals on a 27-point lead 118-91. This marks the Warriors 12-0 record after losing a game this season.

Curry says its all about his comment on “pain tolerance” but when he dived into the stand in the first quarter fans were concerned whether he hurt his knee furthermore or the elbow which had a direct hit on the metal platform. Curry assured he was alright — “The elbow’s fine. It looks like it has a tennis ball on top of it. … I should be all right.”

More than words, his actions on a barage of points were enough to silence concerns as he scored 15 straight points in less than 2 minutes in the third quarter.

Steve Kerr has this to say — “Business as usual. This is what he does. I feel great joy. It’s true.”

Klay Thompson who had his own run of scoring 20 points or more eight straight games was halted by adding just 15 points as the whole team had a balanced attack in their home game.

Thompson has this to say — “We responded all year long whether it was a bad loss or a sloppy win. We come back sharp the next game, and it’s a testament to everybody on this team.”

Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook only had 16 points but 12 assists for the Thunder. Russel Westbrook who earlier said Curry is not something he hadn’t seen before regarding his ability to score points, I am sure he is seeing Curry’s dominance up close right now.

The Warriors hustled better this time around as for the first time in five meetings they have out rebounded the Thunder. Their defense also elevated as Durant notes — “They were sending three guys. I was trying to make the right pass. Maybe I’ve just got to shoot over three people.”

Kevin Durant made some key errors on the third quarter as he fouled Stephen Curry on a 3-point attempt and got a technical foul after he swatted his hand in frustration. Stephen Curry scored a quick four points on the foul line and added a couple of long shots including a 3 pointer to give the Warriors a 76-59 lead with 5:47 remaining in the third quarter.

OKC coach commented on the Warriors’ game play on both offense and defense — “They were certainly very, very lively on both ends of the floor. We let Curry get loose a few times.”

Rounding up the Warriors balanced performance were the no-look layup and alley-oop dunk from Andre Iguodala, double digit performance from Festus Ezeli scoring 12 points, Mareese Speights added 13 off the bench.

On Curry’s scary jump to the stands, Green has this to say — “Flying over the seats like that you don’t know if it’s a leg, if it’s an elbow, if it’s a head.”

Curry is playing through pain on his MCL knee injury as says — “Tonight, started off with a nice punch and was able to sustain it over the course of the game. When I get open shots obviously the confidence is there to knock them down. It’s been like that since I’ve been back. My body’s catching up and I think I’m there.”

In an off-court news, Golden State won the “Sports Team of the year” and owner Joe Lacob “Sports Executive of the Year” at the Ninth Annual Sports Business Awards in New York.

Game 2 Western Conference Finals 2016 PREVIEW

With the Oklahoma City Thunder winning their first game against the Warriors in the Western Conference finals and getting their third straight playoff win on the road they are confident and ready to face on the Warriors. However, I feel that the law of average will now catch up especially against the Warriors who barely lose at home. The Thunder have defeated the Spurs and Warriors in their last three games, both teams have combined on 79-3 win-loss home record. Aside from that the Thunder have not won four straight road playoffs games since the 1995-1996 Seattle Supersonics.

Their streak might end tonight. The Warriors are expected to come blazing as they don’t want to put themselves in a 0-2 hole and losing both of their home games. Another thing going for the Warriors is that they haven’t lost
two straight games this season.

Green has this to say — “That doesn’t matter at this point. Obviously, it helps just knowing what to do to not lose back-to-back games, but it’s the playoffs. It’s the conference finals. The other guys are playing better. KD (Durant) didn’t play well last night to KD’s standards. Russ didn’t play to Russ’s standards, yet they won the game because the other guys are playing better. So that’s something that we’ve got to take care of and make sure that everybody else is not getting off and having really good games.”

One of the “other” guys that Green is referring to is Steven Adams who had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Serge Ibaka contributing 11 poinst and rebounds.

Steve has a lot of respect for the Thunder — “This is obviously a really good defensive team we’re playing against. They’ve got length and athleticism, and in a lot of cases they force you into kind of iso ball. I thought they did that to San Antonio quite a bit in the last series.”

Durant might have not played well according to Green but aside from 26 points he still had 10 rebounds to get his first double-double of the playoffs while Westbrook had 12 assists and seven steals on top of 27 points.

The Oklahoma Thunder is not getting overconfident despite getting homecourt advantage with their road win; Durant is keeping it realistic — “We got a W the first Game 1, but there is a lot of basketball to be played, so we can’t be too excited. It was a good win for us, but we’re not going to be jumping up and down, chest-bumping on the court. We’ve got a lot more basketball to play.”

GAME 1 played on May 16, 2016, OKC wins takes 1-0 lead on the score of 108 (OKC) – 102 (GSW)
Game 1 Western Conference Finals 2016 RECAP

Durant & Westbrook carried the Thunder defeating the Warriors Warriors 108-102

The Warriors came in blazing as expected and looked to win their 4th straight against the Thunder this season and locking their 1st playoff win in the Western Conference Finals; however, Durant & Westbrook would not let that happen as they rallied from 14 points down to secure a road game victory 108-102.

The Thunder head coach Donovan, has this to say “You have to have a mindset coming into these kinds of venues. Our guys, I think they understand what they’re walking into. You don’t just walk in here say, `Oh, everything’s going to be OK.’ You have to have a mindset to understand. The first thing is to embrace the fact it’s going to be hard.”

Durant scored an important 17-foot jumper with 30.7 seconds remaining while finishing with 26 points. Westbrook led all scorers with 27 points and added 12 assists and seven steals. The Thunder seems to have benefitted from their Western Conference finals experience as they are playing in this stage for the 4th time in six years.

Warriors has the ability to score in boat loads, come from behind and bury their opponent, and hold on to big leads however Durant says it best about his teams’ resilience — “We just stayed with it on the defensive end and when we got the shots late in the game we were able to focus in and knock them down. We’re just a resilient group and keep fighting `til the end.”

Westbrook knows the mental strength required to compete in the Warriors ground — “We’ve just got to compete. It’s going to be a tough game. It’s a tough building. They have a lot of great players on their team, but I know we’re a great team and when we put our minds to it, tonight we didn’t play our best game and we came out with a win.”

The good news for the Warriors despite the loss is that they only scored 42 second-half points and 14 in the fourth quarter; both are the lowest output for the team this season and would be hard to imagine the Warriors hitting their all-time low in the succeeding games.

Stephen Curry scored 26 points and added playoff career high 10 rebounds. Curry has this to say on their low scoring output in the second half — “We got rushed and tried to go for the home-run plays. Sometimes it works. Defensively we were getting enough stops and rebounds. We got out of character a little bit. It’s something we’ll learn from going forward.”

It was a close match until the end with the Warriors still having the chance to win the game when they were down 105-102 when Westbrook was not called for a traveling violation with 17.2 seconds remaining and the Thunder quickly calling for a timeout.

Thompson scored 25 points but only 6 points in the second half. Durant on the other hand was instrumental in getting the Thunder within striking distance when he closed the gap 88-85 going into the fourth quarter and scoring a three point shot to tie the game 88-88. The Thunder got their first lead of the game via a Dion Waiters’ layup 1.5 minutes into the fourth quarter.

Westbrook who was clamped down by Thompson in the early period missed 9 of his first 10 shots but was able to overcome the defense and scoring 19 points in the third quarter.

Golden State anchored on Green hustles the ball very well but against Durant, Ibaka and Adams they are falling behind. Thunder’s hustle allowed each of these three players for a double-digit rebound stat.

Curry is optimistic on their chances — “It’s not a good feeling losing Game 1, especially at home. It’s fun to have this opportunity to come back, show what we’re made of.”

Curry is not yet 100 percent coming off from the knee injury though he says he can manage just fine, it’s just about “pain tolerance” going forward.

Scoring Entertainment
With the Thunders and Warriors series fans are able to witness scoring delight as Curry and Thompson are the highest scoring partners in the NBA with 52.2 points while Durant and Westbrook are close second 51.7 points per game.

Thompson is having a scoring record of his own as he has now scored 20 points or more in eight straight playoff games for the Warriors, a record currently held by Tim Hardaway’s 12 games in 1991-1992 season.

Game 1 Western Conference Finals 2016 PREVIEW

The Golden State Warriors are going into the Western Conference finals brimming with confidence especially after they have won all three-regular season games against the Thunder. The team however needs to be extra careful since the Thunders are looking more like the super underdogs coming from behind to upset everyone for a Championship run. The Thunders led by Durant and Westbrook have defeated the San Antonio Spurs 4-2 in the series to the surprise of many. It was though that the Western Finals will be between the Spurs and the Warriors after San Antonio also had a excellent season only to be eclipsed by the historic 73-win record of the Warriors.

In the Warriors and Thunder previous meeting in February, the Thunders almost came out with a victory if it wasn’t for the miraculous half-court shot by Curry to win the game in Overtime. As the team have chimed in starting with Green — “I have no clue. That’s one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen. That’s not supposed to happen.”

Curry has acknowledged the potential of the Thunders — “They’re an explosive team. They’re clicking right now and found a good recipe to beat a tough Spurs team. That says a lot about how they’re playing right now.” He also adds, “The last three years against them it’s been pretty entertaining games, most of the time going down to the wire, so you can only imagine what it will be like in the playoffs. Every possession’s going to be key.”

We are hoping that this will be a great series and that Curry would be able to play all the games in the Western Conference Finals. He missed most of the games in the 1st round, and the first three games in the second round due to sprained right knee. Stephen still looks to be in good form as he scored 40 points against the Trailblazers when he came back from the injury and added 29 points to close out Portland.

Key items to be noted for the game are as follows:

Bogut is listed as questionable because of a strained muscle and Kerr says it depends on his warmup workout if Bogut can play.
Curry is about “pain tolerance” regarding his knee injury and he expects to be able to handle his regular load
Westbrook will have his hands full against Thompson who has excellent defense and was able to clamp down on Lillard and Harden.

Golden State Warriors Wins and Makes Historic 73-9 Regular Season Record

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The Golden State Warriors made a Historic run tonight that saw them winning 73 regular season games, breaking the Chicago Bulls Record of 72 wins.

The Warriors came blazing in the 1st Quarter as Stephen Curry started the game strong and refusing for the Warriors to fall behind by hitting two three pointers in the first 4 minutes of the game — the first one giving the Warriors the lead 6-4, and the second 12-9. And with still 4:21 minutes remaining in the first quarter, Curry shot three consecutive three pointers from the top of the key with one of them over 5 feet away from the arc. Curry added another 3 point short with less than a minute to go. By the end of the first quarter the Warriors were leading by 14 points 37-23, on the Warriors’ 9 3 pointers with Barnes and Green adding to Curry’s six.

The 2nd Quarter the Warriors remained in control of the game as Steve Kerr decided to rest Curry until the 5:47 mark with Klay Thompson hitting beyond the arc pushing the lead to 16 points. It was a well balanced offense with Ezeli, Livingston, Barbosa, Barnes, Speights scoring while Thompson adding 4 3 pointers. The Warriors pushed the lead to 22 points with 2:48 remaining on consecutive 3 point shots from Thompson and Curry. The second quarter saw the Warriors with 14 3 pointers ending the first half on the score of 50-70.

3rd Quarter came and Curry conquered as Stephen made another milestone making 400 3 pointers in a season in the first 43 seconds of the third quarter. The quarter saw Curry dishing out 6 assist but the Warriors had a lot of turnovers that allowed the Grizzlies to cut down the lead to 14 via a Farmer floating jump shot with 4:12 remaining. As the Memphis trying to make a comeback, the Warriors answered with Iguodola, Green and Curry with a barrage of points giving the Warriors a 21 point lead ending the 3rd quarter 102-81.

The 4th quarter it was already evident that there is no comeback run and the Memphis traded basket with the Warriors who mostly fielded their second unit with only Thompson in the starting five. The fans gave the Warriors a standing ovation with 4:18 remaining as Speights pushes the lead to 22 on a driving layup with the score of 120-98. The game finishes on the score of with Stephen Curry leading the game with 46 points, 6 assists and 10 3 pointers.

Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors for this historic night.

Relive the Full game highlights of Win 71 Golden State Warriors Vs Memphis Grizzlies

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The Golden State Warriors Vs Memphis Grizzlies was an important win for the Warriors not only as the Warriors got win 71 in the regular season but a confidence and momentum builder as they drive to break the 72 wins of the Chicago Bulls.

Relive this very intense, exciting game as we saw Draymond Green giving the edge for the win.

Warriors 71st Win Probably Sealed the 73 win Run

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The Warriors has lost the game against Minnesota and earlier before that against the Boston Celtics. The run towards breaking the Chicago Bulls record of 72 wins was not looking good. Was the regular season run finally caught up with the Warriors? Were they tired?

Nonetheless, the game against the Grizzlies was supposed to be an easy one for the Warriors as the Memphis Grizzlies is hanging on at the lower end of the playoff picture, they haven’t been winning in their last 10 games and two of their star players Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are out because of injuries. Apparently, the Grizzlies have a mission of making the Warriors work very hard and deny them of breaking the 72-win regular season. For a moment there Memphis looks like it will be upsetting the Warriors as they led by ten points with the just 6 minutes left. For the Warriors, this is the game they need to breathe life to their run and give them the confidence to finally break the home winning streak of the San Antonio Spurs.

Draymond Green’s excellent all-around play helped them push forward to win their 71st game on the slimmest of margin 100-99. 71 wins in a single regular season is a lot and most teams can only dream of reaching this milestone.

This was a hard fought game as the Warriors had to climb back from 10 points in the last 6 minutes and were still 5 points down in the last 2 minutes and 48 seconds in the game. The game winning shot was a follow-up tip-in by Draymond Green off a Stephen Curry layup miss while having 4 Grizzlies defending for a defensive rebound. On the next play, Draymond forced Randolph to shoot an airball.

Grizzlies still had the opportunity to deliver a heart-breaking upset as Lance Stephenson had two shot attempts in the last 10 seconds, the final shot came at .8 seconds but couldn’t deliver the points.

Even when Memphis seemed to be in control of the remainder of the 4th quarter, the Warriors required the contribution from four players – three points from Curry, Igoudala, a driving two points by Green, another three on the top right key by Harrison Barnes, and the go ahead two points while having four Grizzlies on the defensive end.

When the Buzzer sounded, the Warriors won their 71st game and 33rd road game, an achievement that puts them in the history books only occupied by the Chicago Bulls 1991-1996.

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