The Warriors finished a 4-0 series sweep of the Jazz Monday with a comfortable 121-95 victory at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Warriors have to focus on closing out the Jazz and onto the Western Conference Finals before looking toward June. However, he got the playoff minutes against Golden State, perhaps to the chagrin of many Jazz fans, who are rooting for Exum to turn into the star he was projected to be when the Jazz drafted him in 2014 with the No. 5 pick.
Fifty-one wins, a division title, a first-round playoff series win (by taking a Game 7 on the road, no less).
It's worth noting if he makes an All-NBA team, things can get more complicated - but would make him more likely to stay in Salt Lake City.
Most fans expected the Warriors to run through the National Basketball Association this season, and so far they have not disappointed. I'm sure he's going to go through all of the options for me, let me know what can happen.More news: Read James Comey's full farewell letter
The Warriors will play either Houston Rockets or San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers, the reigning National Basketball Association champions, have also coasted to the conference finals on the back of eight consecutive playoff victories.
But that moment of pressure only refocused a Warriors team that proved far superior to the Jazz in the second round. And the Warriors might be better prepared for it. Mike Brown adjusted and played the smallball lineup a bit more than in the regular season. Draymond Green, who got into trouble with officials during Game 3, kept his emotions under check and posted a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and 2 steals.
"I didn't say I was disappointed with their competition", Green said. One second, it's Curry shining, then Durant or Green the next. Golden State outscored the Jazz 39-17 in the period while limiting Utah to 6-of-25 shooting (24 percent) from the field.
Curry picked up right where he left off after an 11-point fourth quarter in Game 3 with a 14-point first quarter. He kept the Warriors afloat despite a miserable night from Klay Thompson and an bad first three-quarters from Steph Curry. If there was an offensive star to be chosen - and you had your choice of many - it was Curry, who efficiently put the Jazz to sleep with 30 points on 15 shots.More news: Swansea beats Everton 1-0, out of EPL relegation zone
And while the Jazz held sturdy at times, there really was never any doubt. The Jazz couldn't match the speed and agility of the Warriors.
But if Hayward leaves Utah, he would make $130 million over four seasons.
An underrated component to Utah's success has been head coach Quin Snyder. It was apropos tonight.
Once the Warriors got the lead, they nearly never gave it back, a task made easier by the fact that the Dubs took tremendous care of the ball in the series. Coming on the heels of their first round sweep of the Trail Blazers, it's the first time the Warriors have swept consecutive postseason series in franchise history. Golden State also limited the Jazz to just 41 points during the final two quarters. Utah's 35 second-quarter points matched a 2017 postseason high for one quarter.
Dante Exum's career has been derailed by the ACL injury he suffered before his sophomore year even started last season. Kerr had back surgery about two years ago and has been dealing with complications. Larry Johnson's famous game-winning four-point play helped the Knicks take Game 3 in NY and a 2-1 lead in the series.More news: Emma Watson wins the very first gender-neutral acting award
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