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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NBA : Warriors Win the West; NBA Finals Next

The Golden State Warriors are one step closer to reclaiming their NBA championship. The Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 129-115 Monday night, cashing in as 12-point road favourites and sweeping San Antonio out of the Western Conference Finals. Golden State came into the 2016-17 season as –250 favorites to win the West.

Their chances against the Spurs weren’t looking too good early on – San Antonio was up big in Game 1 when Kawhi Leonard sprained his ankle. Without their best player, and with Tony Parker already out for the year, the Spurs just couldn’t compete with Golden State. Losing David Lee to a partially torn patella in Game 3 made matters even worse.

The Warriors will have until June 1 to rest for the NBA Finals. That should give ample time for Zaza Pachulia to recover from the right heel contusion he suffered in Game 2 against San Antonio. In his absence, Patrick McCaw started at center for the Dubs Monday night, after JaVale McGee drew the assignment in Game 3. Andre Iguodala played 22 minutes off the bench despite a sore left knee; Kevon Looney (hip) is the only longer-term injury concern for Golden State going forward.

NBA : Warriors Win the West

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NBA Odds: Warriors Sweep Spurs, Advance to NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors will play in their third-straight NBA Finals. They completed their sweep of the San Antonio Spurs Monday night, rolling to a 129-115 victory as 12-point road favourites; Golden State opened the season as a –250 chalk to win the Western Conference.

The Warriors have between now and June 1 to heal up for the Finals. Zaza Pachulia (right heel contusion) didn’t play Monday night after sitting out Game 3, but there’s been no indication he’ll miss the next round. Second-year center Kevon Looney remains out indefinitely for Golden State with a hip injury.

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