Is Manu Ginobili a Hall of Famer?

Warriors: Golden State has won five straight games over San Antonio, including the regular season, which is the team's longest against the Spurs.

The Spurs continued to scratch and claw against the Warriors in the final stanza but could not stop the high-scoring of Golden State.

Golden State won an NBA record 12 consecutive games en route to its third NBA Finals appearance.

Warriors move on to play either the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, in a repeat of last year's title series, or Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.

"Obviously it (stinks) that Kawhi wasn't there and Tony wasn't there and David wasn't out there", Green said. "We'll be watching the Eastern Conference finals to see how that unfolds".

If the Cavs can make it back to the Finals, and beat the Warriors for a second straight time, maybe they'll be "light-years ahead" of Golden State.

"This year is a totally different year, different group, different journey", Curry said.

His presence has given the Warriors a deep and talented roster headlined by four All-Stars in Durant, Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

On Sunday, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich addressed the media and said he does not expect Leonard to play for Game 4. "On offense, no team is more unselfish finding the open man and that sort of thing".

The Warriors have shown their strength by blasting through the playoffs in the normally rugged West. San Antonio opened game 3-of-16 shooting, but the bigger issue is they went 1-of-8 in the paint against a Warriors team that started small (Patrick McCaw instead of JaVale McGee).

After drilling his fourth 3-pointer of the game, Curry passed Kobe Bryant (292) for fifth place on the NBA's all-time playoff 3-pointers list.

"Don't get me wrong, we appreciate this opportunity. These are both great options so its win win for me".

"We didn't just go play Sisters of the Poor", he said. If they think they have a shot at someone like Chris Paul, Kyle Lowry or Paul Millsap, perhaps they would trade Gasol.

At Game 1, the Warriors were down by as much as 25 points.

Still, coach Mike Brown knows better execution will be critical in the Finals.

"I kind of honestly feel that we're on a mission", said Lacob.

As a 23-year-old playing with the Thunder.

After 15 years, he might have played his final National Basketball Association game. "So you appreciate it, but you can definitely sense it is a little different type of feeling..."

"No, I haven't", Ginobili said as the media laughed.

Popovich joked a few days ago that he didn't want to praise Patty Mills too much because it would mean the Spurs would have to pay him more in free agency. Keeping Simmons may be hard after his star turn in the playoffs, especially once Leonard went down.

As Lacob put it: "I feel like we have some unfinished business from a year ago".

  • Julie Sanders