PORTLAND, Ore. – On their way to the playoffs are the Golden State Warriors (expletive) giants.
Of all the team's accomplishments over the past five seasons has been a figure that embodies its dominance, the series The Warriors extended Saturday night when they defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 to reach the final of the Westerns Conference take the lead 3-0.
The Warriors now have 22 consecutive series with at least one road victory. That's an NBA record and it could be for a long time. The Warriors are already flirting with the six Chicago Bulls championships in eight years, and even the eight direct titles of the Boston Celtics in the sixties, to gain the status of a team of all time.
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"It's so hard to win a championship in this league," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. "The competition is so fierce and it's a two-month journey as soon as the playoffs begin, you know, they've been in the finals four times and that tells you everything you need to know about their harshness and their desire to compete." 19659002] The Warriors completed LeBron James' personal series of 33 consecutive road series with a win in last season's NBA Finals. This statistic will never be remembered as much as its eight consecutive playoffs, but it is the reason why they have taken the courage to dominate.
Golden State must win on the way to the three-goal as this is not the case home advantage in the next round. When the Warriors reach a series of 23, the four championships in five seasons are victories such as the following:  Game 4 at Memphis in 2015, during the Warriors' first title run as they were inferior with 1: 2 and 1 Kerr hit the then wild decision to force Andrew Bogut to Guard Tony Allen, which changed the series.  Game 4 in the final that year in Cleveland, as Kerr all baffled by putting Andre Iguodala in the starting lineup and changing the lineup.
Game 6 in Oklahoma City in 2016, when Klay Thompson made 11 3-pointers to keep the Warriors alive.
Game 7 of last season in Houston when Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant in 3-pointers in the rainy third quarter to destroy a deficit of 11 points.
Also, Game 6 in Houston last week, when Curry scored 33 points in the second half after zero in the first half to break the Rocket's hopes for Durant's calf injury.
This number is a cornerstone of the Warriors case for what it depicts: Soul destroying execution under pressure, relentless depth and disciplined defense traveling.
This combination has destroyed the Blazers in Game 3. The spirit of & # 39; 77 may still be alive in the Rose City, but the spirit of this memorable blazer team was snorted "I do not think we've been so great in Game 3s over the years," Kerr said, knowing that all but one of their Game 3s has been on the road for the past five years. "That's all we've talked about in the last two days, that we have a great opportunity here to take control, and I think it was about respecting our opponent, knowing which magical run she was on and how hard they are to beat. " This building and the understanding that this is the game.
Kerr is right: The Warriors In the last five years, we were only 10-8 in Game 3s on the way to Saturday, so if you want to defeat them, it's time to bring them home on Game 3. Blazers knew that from the beginning, came out with energy and built a huge head start.
But the Warriors put their honed-down weapons on the road, evaporating a lead of 18 points in the first half.
They stifled defensively and The Blazers held only 33 points in the second half, the lowest in a playoff game during the series, so if you want to visit a clinic, watch the game and keep an eye out for Thompson's defense – he never takes a possession . If you It's because you're better at it right now than he, not because he let you down. He has defeated the Portland Starwatchers Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who had formed a 12-of-38 goal on Saturday.
Golden State had a great team effort on offense. Although they did not shoot well the 3-pointer – they made only 8 of 26 – the Warriors had 27 assists on their 41 baskets and only 13 turnovers. Go back over the annals of their street victories and you will repeatedly see these kind of relationships. Draymond Green, who endures the ball more with Durant and all collide in a row, had 12 assists in another brilliant allround game.
Then there are the role-players. Over the years, Bogut, David Lee, Shaun Livingston, Nick Young, JaVale McGee, Matt Barnes and the like have performed well when they are urgently needed on the road, where role-players often have problems.
On Saturday it was Jordan Bell – a player with whom the Warriors were so frustrated a few months ago that they suspended him for violating the team rules to make one last attempt, to get through to him hero of the role-player.
When all is over and the Warriors are disbanded, retire, or just a year behind, all these games will blur. This special final of the Western Conference will probably not even be different between all those other big series.
But the series will continue. Or at least it should be like that. Even if it comes to an end in the next few weeks and the Warriors do not win the title, it's just so damn impressive. No team has ever ruined the nights of so many home fans across the country, a result that this team simply loves.
"You will not win without this competitiveness," said Curry. "And that killer instinct."