As bloodshed in the Eastern Conference continues, the Warriors have a chance to get a valuable break in the NBA Finals.

The Golden State Warriors will be the first to say that they don’t look ahead, just focus on the next game and do nothing else. But history tells us that overwhelmingly they are heading towards their sixth NBA Finals in eight seasons.

The Warriors won Game 3 109-100 against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, leading 3-0 in the Western Conference Finals and the NBA team has never been like that before. always — Returned from a deficit in the postseason series. The sample size is also not small. The team that moved up 3-0 won the playoff series 146-0 in NBA history. Given the way the Warriors have played against the Mavericks and the two series that preceded them, it’s almost impossible to imagine them hitting such a lead for the first time.

That said, Golden State isn’t a franchise that will take the lead, of course. They notoriously lost the 2016 final after a 3-1 lead, which resulted in years of ridicule and viral memes. So Golden State can be expected to come out looking for a kill at Game 4 on Tuesday against the Mavericks team, who seemed frustrated and discouraged towards the end of Game 3.

After Game 3, Stephen Curry said: “We know for sure that things aren’t over, but it’s good to know that we came and won. We can play with house money on Tuesday and try to get it done.” said.

It’s always worthwhile to finish a series quickly. There is time for the players to rest, heal their injuries and the coaches to prepare. But given what’s happening on the other side of the bracket, it seems even more important to the Warriors. The Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat are bloody as they exchange blows like Loki Balboa and Ivan Drago. Here is a quick sample of injuries that have already affected the series.

  • Jimmy Butler could only play the first half of Game 3 due to knee pain.
  • Jayson Tatum suffered a nerve impingement in his shoulder and briefly went to the locker room in Game 3.
  • Marcus Smart appeared to have suffered a serious ankle injury on Saturday after missing Game 1 with a foot sprain and is questionable in Game 4.
  • Kyle Lowry missed the first two games of the series with a hamstring injury.
  • PJ Tucker left Game 2 early due to knee pain.
  • Robert Williams missed Game 3 with knee pain.
  • Al Horford missed Game 1 due to health and safety protocols.

Tyler Herro, Max Strus, and Gabe Vincent, who all appeared in Heat injury reports throughout the series, are not even mentioned. It’s hard to imagine which team will come out with a complete and healthy roster, given the fact that their physical strength is shown off and the fight appears to be scheduled for seven games.

The Warriors, on the other hand, have two key bench players, Andre Iguodala and Gary Payton II. They will miss at least a week while Otto Porter Jr. misses Game 3 with a foot injury. I was able to stay healthy. With key players on the team, Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, all over 32, with playoff mileage close to the circumference of Jupiter and suffering from recent injuries, this is no easy feat.

“very important.” Thompson said he could take an extra break before the NBA finals. “We totally want to go to the next round.”

The first game of the NBA Finals is on June 2nd, so if the Warriors complete their sweep on Tuesday, they’ll have an eight-day break. On the other hand, if the Eastern Conference final is played with 7 matches, the winning team will have only three days off from the opening of the final.

The Warriors have already shown what they can do with their rest this postseason. They sent the Memphis Grizzlies in six games to rest four days before the Western Conference finals started. The Mavericks rested just two days after winning Game 7 against the Phoenix Suns and were off the court by the Golden State team who took a break from Game 1.

But the first thing we need to do is that the Warriors have to win on Tuesday. With a group of veterans, they definitely know how valuable the extra breaks are, so it’s very likely they’ll come out with a singularity of purpose in Game 4.

After Game 3, Green said, “There’s no point in having one win in the final. We have to win one more game and that game won’t be easy. So we have a much better level of focus than we did tonight. … the final game is always the hardest. We have to come out and win the game. They won’t give it to us.”


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