Golden State Warriors playing its Game 4 against Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City. Coach Tyronn Lue called for a mandatory team dinner at a steakhouse in Toronto and while their dinners were digesting, the team gathered around a television to watch Game 3 of the Golden State-Utah Jazz series.
Durant had 38 points and 13 rebounds and the Warriors beat the Utah Jazz 102-91 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.
Sure, the other conference semifinals series (Wizards-Celtics and Rockets-Spurs) are both tied at two games apiece and have featured some exciting moments.
It would be nice if the NBA Playoffs could deliver more lengthy series where the top teams are challenged in classic games... but my guess is if we do get another Warriors-Cavs epic then nobody will be complaining.
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson may get the headlines, but Durant has led the team during this Utah series.
The Warriors looked like they wanted to get the sweep on early by running out to a 24-point lead in the second quarter.
Thompson finished with 21, Kevin Durant scored 18 and Draymond Green posted his third career postseason triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
If the Spurs make the Western Conference finals no one will be surprised, but I truly think Houston, despite losing 3-1 to the Spurs in the season series, matches up well enough with them to topple them.
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Aldridge only recorded 19 points combined in the first two games, but he poured in 26 points on 12-of-20 shooting in this one. Whether it comes to defense, starting core, or role players off the bench, they always seem to find a way to the top.
Even so, he's averaging 29.5 points and 5.5 assists per game, and shooting 50-percent from the floor and 48-percent from beyond the arc.
Well the Jazz have lost every game so far, illustrating the chasm between the Warriors and the rest of the league.
The Jazz tried to put off their vacation. But after a few games against the Warriors, it's fair to say that optimism for Jazz fans is down as the home team faces the possibility of getting swept.
Utah isn't much for moral victories, but the franchise finishes the season after ending a four-year playoff drought. Golden State was held under 106 points for the first time this postseason. Utah's 35 second-quarter points matched a 2017 postseason high for one quarter.
Meanwhile, the Jazz offense slumped against a locked in Warriors defense, missing their first 10 two-point shots and going only 6-of-25 in the first quarter.
Jazz starting point guard George Hill missed his second consecutive game with a big toe injury. Mack started in his place.
With head coach Steve Kerr's back sidelining him indefinitely, it's up to Green and, to a lesser extent, Durant to keep themselves from hurting the team with self-inflicted wounds. There is no timetable for his return.
With no Jusuf Nurkic to offer rim protection or physical presence in the paint at the other end, the Trail Blazers were toothless in trying to throw the Warriors off their game, let alone stemming the tide.