Warriors eliminate Pelicans to advance to fourth straight West Final

Warriors eliminate Pelicans to advance to fourth straight West Final

"Zaza Pachulia should go down and complain to Mike and say, 'You ruined my career, Mike.' But honestly, like when Mike made a decision to go small in Phoenix, whatever that was, 2004, 2005, and make [Amare] Stoudemire his center, it started this chain reaction, and it's one of the reasons the game is just small and fast and open, and the big guys have to be very specialized and they have to be versatile". "When the letdown happens, how do you respond?" He finished his first playoff run averaging 24.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals.

"I'm like, he's too hot right now", said Shiloh McFadden.

"We are better than them".

Only once in those three-plus seasons have the Warriors lost a playoff series - and it took the greatest player of his generation, LeBron James, leading his team back from a three-games-to-one deficit in the NBA Finals. And it begins Monday in Houston. It is one of only 11 times in National Basketball Association history that a team overcame a 3-1 deficit to win a playoff series.

"For us it was just. they were in the way", Paul said.

The Golden State Warriors have been the NBA's juggernaut over the past three seasons.

"We love his intensity, and when it's channeled in productive plays, whether it's stuff that doesn't show up in the stats sheet, or if it does we really rely on that", Curry said. "We are still taking steps toward that, but this is an accomplishment".

Australian Joe Ingles did not break out with a point-scoring spree as the Jazz hoped, scoring 12 points including just two three-pointers from six attempts.

More news: New York Yankees & Boston Red Sox to play each other in London

But Green came up with two crucial late scores to see the Warriors home safely.

In the rubber match, the night was led by Chris Paul who stepped up to the tune of 33 points and 11 rebounds. Thompson did most of his damage in the first quarter when he had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

"Every series you play, it gets harder and harder and harder", said Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who is seeking a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals and third ring in four years.

As Durant took free throws, Green tried to listen in on the Pelicans' huddle before official Josh Tiven pulled him away. Like I've said before, all that stuff is cool. "Should that surprise me?"

Curry has his swagger and stroke back now that he has played four games following almost six weeks on the sidelines with a sprained left knee.

Though if the Warriors play the way they've played the last two games, they might not be rumbling as long as some might think. His 41 points were a playoff-high and his 20 fourth-quarter points a career high for a quarter.

He was 32 for 67 with 15 3s in the series. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that the league's preeminent floor spacer had a conditioning breakthrough in Game 4 and his Game 5 performance proved it.

On a side note, he went 0 for 5 on his signature tunnel shots before the game. Durant received the Al Attles Community Impact Award in a pregame ceremony.

Related Articles