Warriors reach 4th straight NBA Finals

Elena Summers
May 29, 2018

"I was thinking of resigning", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of his reaction to the first half.

Golden State overcame an 11-point half-time deficit by outscoring the Rockets 33-15 in the third quarter, Stephen Curry scoring 14 off 5-of-6 shooting.

Rockets ace James Harden, who finished with 32 points, said his team's second-half performances in Games 6 and 7 had decided the fate of the series.

With the Conference Finals win, we get the fourth edition of the Warriors and Cavs in the NBA Finals.

We went ahead and compiled of some of Twitter's reactions to the Warriors & Cavs meeting again in the Finals, which you can see for yourself below. That's the largest spread for Game 1 of the NBA Finals since 2001, when the Lakers were favorited by 12 against the Sixers in Game 1 of their series.

"Durant praised the Rockets, who fell short in the playoffs after posting a league-high 65 wins in the regular season". The Celtics shot just 34.1 percent from the field and 17.9 percent from 3-point range. "For the most part, I thought we were pretty good at that. but he still scored 35".

"The Rockets fashioned their halftime lead on effort, both defensively and on the glass, but when their offense collapsed in the third quarter, their verve dissipated".

The Warriors dispatched the Rockets on Monday (Tuesday morning, Manila time) with a fine second half display in Game 7 to advance. Their offensive production gave Golden State the lift that they needed in order to get the separation to come out on top on the road.

"At the end of the day, the game is won in between the lines, and we have an opportunity to play for a championship", he said after Sunday's 87-79 victory over Boston.

But it wasn't just bad from 3-point range - it was non-existent.

"I'm just proud of the way we battled", Klay Thompson said.

James and multiple teammates have described their up-and-down trek this year as such, and the four-time MVP reiterated it after the Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. "That's what their trademark is; we know it and it's not like it's a secret". They claimed their second championship in three years in five games. Curry knows that if the Warriors hope to return to the finals for the fourth straight year they'll have to get off to a better start in Game 7. The Warriors trailed by 10 at halftime in Game 6 and 11 at intermission on Monday in Game 7.

Many probably asked a totally logical question in all this: Why wouldn't the Rockets just temporarily abandon their reliance on the 3-ball since they couldn't make anything from outside?

But Gordon raced past Nick Young and Shaun Livingston, then barreled by Kevin Durant in the lane before his shot went over those long, outstretched arms, and it was clear yet again which team wanted this more. "I look forward to taking advantage of it". They executed their strategy to perfection - the team's gameplan all season was to take high-value shots and outscore and outpace their opponents, and it was all done with the singular goal of taking down the Warriors and taking home an National Basketball Association title.

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