Warriors, Cavaliers sweep to coast into conference finals

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

By Andrew Ryan
Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James

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You could tell just how concerned the Golden State Warriors were with their second round series with the Utah Jazz. All they really cared about was that they were going to have to spend a couple days in Salt Lake City instead of Los Angeles, and that was clearly upsetting.

The business at hand? That didn't really matter. The Dubs were comfortable winners in all four of the games against Utah, and they're now into the Western Conference Finals once again. It's a question whether coach Steve Kerr will ultimately be there with them at some point thanks to his back surgery, but Mike Brown is doing a fine job as his replacement. The fact of the matter is that an idiot could coach that team to wins at this point, as having Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the same side is borderline unfair at virtually every level.

Over in the East, the story is basically the same. Two series. Two sweeps for the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James was a man on a mission against the Toronto Raptors, scoring at least 35 points in all four games in the series. It's sad to think that this is just considered to be ho-hum at this point for a man who has been to six straight NBA Finals and is on the verge of a seventh, but the fact of the matter is that we take LeBron for granted at this point. This is what he's expected to do night in and night out this time of year.

Cleveland has now won 11 consecutive playoff games dating back to last season's 3-1 comeback over Golden State, and it looks now more than ever that the Dubs and Cavs are going to be back on the floor for a third straight battle for the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

But alas, we pause this Cleveland/Golden State joint coronation to remind you that there are still two series ongoing in the second round of the playoffs, and both of them are darn good. The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards have struck real nerves with each other throughout this series. Kelly Olynyk and Kelly Oubre have already gotten into it with each other, and there have been several other little scraps here and there. The end result is four games all being won by the home teams, and the Celtics are going to hope that continues on Wednesday night back in Beantown.

Washington has already had runs of 16-0 and 26-0 in games in this series, and it's starting to become a real possibility that the Wizards could run out this seven-game set from here and take a stab at LeBron and company.

Out West, the Lone Star State Series between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs has been quite intriguing. None of the games have been particularly close, and the fact that the Rockets have hung in there with a win both at home and away tells us that this series should go the distance.

James Harden still hasn't had that moment when he has taken over, and that's the one thing that Gregg Popovich has to really be concerned about.

Patty Mills has effectively taken over most of the point guard duties from an injured Tony Parker, and one has to wonder if the last we will ever see from him on an NBA court was being carried off by his teammates in Game 2.

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