The Golden State Warriors won (119-117) the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers.
It took a while, but by the end of the night, they accomplished their goal — overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat the Blazers 119- 117 in overtime. With the win, the Warriors became the first team since the Boston Celtics of the 1950s to reach five consecutive NBA Finals. “I hope it doesn’t go unnoticed or underrated,” Warriors Coach Steve Kerr said.
“Five straight finals hasn’t been done since the ’60s. And it hasn’t been done for a reason: It’s really, really difficult.”
The win also allows the Warriors nine days of rest until Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 30 when they compete in the Eastern Conference.
Accruing rust is always a major concern during these days without games, but the Warriors surely feel the obvious advantage – rest – outweighs any drawbacks right now.
Warriors forward Draymond Green is hoping to see his teammates healthy and ready to play after a break. The Warriors have had a lot of injured players this season and are hoping to bring them back for the Western Conference.
“I feel a much different vibe with our team now than I did five years ago, when this was all brand new,” Kerr said before Monday’s game. “Back then, it seemed like we had plenty of games where everybody looked scattered and nervous, and we had to figure it out. It seems like these days we’re more composed and more confident because we’ve been doing it for a long time, and we’ve seen pretty much every situation.”