PORTLAND, ORE – On the playoffs road, the Golden State Warriors are expletives giant.
In all these teams have done over the past five seasons, a number that revealed his dominance was the Streak the Warriors extended Saturday night when they lost the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 to get of 3-0 lead series in the Western Conference finals.
The Warriors now have 22 straight series with at least one road victory. That is an NBA record, and it can take a long time. The Warriors do business in six championships at the Chicago Bulls for eight years and even the Boston Celtics are eight straight titles in 1960 for the biggest-ever-time team.
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"It's hard to win a championship in this league," Golden State told coach Steve Kerr. "The competition is very hot, and it's a two-month journey as soon as the playoff starts. You know, they've been at the Finals four times, so telling you everything you need to know about their toughness and their competitive desire. "  The Warriors ended LeBron James's personal streak of 33 consecutive series of road victories with the NBA Finals last season. That stat will not be remembered as his eight consecutive termination of the Finals, but this is based on the reason why they happened, the muscles as he dominated.
Golden State must win the three-pit road, as they will not have home-court advantage in the next round. If the Warriors run to 23, the muscles of their four championships in five seasons will have success like:
Game 4 at Memphis in 2015, during the first title of the Warriors, when they were 2- 1 and Kerr decided to have Andrew Bogut's guard Tony Allen, a move that changed the series.
Game 4 at that year's Finals in Cleveland, while Kerr was embarrassed by putting Andre Iguodala on the starting lineup and changes
Game 6 in Oklahoma City in 2016, when making 11 3-pointers Klay Thompson to keep the Warriors alive.
Game 7 last season in Houston, while Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant rode in 3-pointers in the third quarter to eliminate the 11-point deficit.
Even Game 6 last week in Houston, while Curry scored 33 points in the second half after zero in the first half to crush the hopes of the Rockets after Durant's injuries.
This number is a cornerstone of the Warriors case for what it represents: crushing soul execution under pressure, incessant depth and disciplined defense traveling.
That comeback broke the Blazers in Game 3. The spirit of & # 39; 77 could still be alive at Rose City, but the Blazers's memorable spirit team was overcome with the Golden State warrioring in road to one of the most difficult places to play in the league.
"I think we are not very good at Game 3s over the years," Kerr said, knowing that all of their Game 3s were on the road in the past five years. "The only thing we talked about in the last two days is that we have an amazing opportunity to get control over it. That's what I think about it – about our opponent, knowing the superb run they've been maintaining, how hard they are this building, and this understanding is the game. "
The Kerr is right: The Warriors are only 10-8 in Game 3s over the past five years starting on Saturday. If you deal with them, getting them on your home floor for Game 3 is the time to do so. The Blazers know it's innately, come out with energy and builds a big lead.
But the Warriors applied their finished weapons that worked on the road over and over, destroying what was the 18-point first-half lead.
They defended defense, holding the Blazers at 33 second-half points, the lowest for any half in a playoff game during the streak. If you want to see a clinic, watch the game behind and watch Thompson's defense; She never takes a property off. If you lose him, it will be because you are better than him at that moment, not because he falls. He cut off the guards of the Portland star, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, combined with 12-of-38 shooting on Saturday.
Golden State has a great teamwork. Although they did not shoot the 3-pointer as well – they made 8-of-26 of them – the Warriors had 27 assists in their 41 baskets and only 13 turnovers. Return to the statements of their winners on the road and you will always see the types of ratios. Draymond Green, taking care of the ball more than Durant and all is offensive, has 12 assists in another luminous all-around game.
Then there are role players. Over the years, it has been Bogut, David Lee, Shaun Livingston, Nick Young, JaVale McGee, Matt Barnes and others as delivered when it is too much to be on the road, where players often struggle.
On Saturday, it was Jordan Bell – a player whose Warriors were so severe in recent months that they suspended him for violations of the team's rules to try a last-ditch effort to get to her – that's a role player hero.
When all this and the Warriors are broken, retired or down the year, all games will be blurred. Specific finals of the Western Conference are unlikely to be identified in all other major series.
But the streak will endure. Or, at least, it should be. Although it will end in the next few weeks and the Warriors will not win the title, it will only be surprisingly impressive. No team has broken the nights of so many fanfights at home every spring across the country, a team outcome that only loves.
"You did not win without competition," said Curry. "And the deadly natural mind."