Warriors headed to Finals, but Steve Kerr is still 'day by day'
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 7:36
The Warriors thumped the injury-plagued Spurs 129-115 in San Antonio on Monday to sweep the series 4-0 and book a place in the NBA Finals against the victor of the Eastern Conference finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.
Warriors' reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry hammered the Spurs with 36 points, hitting 14 of his 24 field goals including five three-pointers.
Draymond Green added 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for Golden State. They got buckets from Kyle Anderson (20 points off the bench) and 15 from Manu Ginobili in what may have been his final National Basketball Association game (he got the start, and the crowd erupted when he was taken out near the end).
The Warriors now await the victor of the Eastern Conference finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. The Cavs hold a 2-1 lead in that series and could clinch the conference as soon as Thursday night.
The Golden State Warriors completed their sweep of the San Antonio Spurs as they advanced to the NBA Finals for a third consecutive season. Many thought Kerr had been improving as he's traveled with the team to San Antonio, but he's not improved to the point where he feels comfortable returning to the bench. Golden State swept through the West undefeated at 12-0, and they will take on the victor of the East (we all know it will be Cleveland).
In the 129-115 victory, Steph Curry passed passed Kobe Bryant (292) for 5th on the NBA's all-time playoff 3-pointers list - he now has 295.
But after the Spurs lost Game 4 to the Warriors on Monday in Ginobili's postgame press conference, he answered a question in Spanish and one English-speaking reported wanted to make sure he wasn't pulling a fast one on us.
Spurs: Leonard missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle.
Kyle Anderson scored 20 points to lead the Spurs, who were without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and David Lee. Though the Spurs were swept in the series, they are still winners. "I can't lie", Durant said.
Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge closed out a disappointing series with his second eight-point effort against the Warriors. On a big time stage, Durant was learning how to play with both Thompson and Green, understanding where they like the ball and how they play the game.
Ginobili was a surprise starter for the Spurs in Game 4.