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Warriors sweep Spurs to make NBA Finals on 12-0 roll

Rita Gibson | 24 May, 2017, 16:26

With 3 key Spurs players injured, the Golden State Warriors proved to be too much for San Antonio on Monday, May 22 (Tuesday Manila time) as they cruised to a 129-115 victory and remained undefeated heading to the National Basketball Association finals.

Steph Curry had a himself a nice ball game, he led the Warriors with 29 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.

The Warriors swept San Antonio to reach the Finals for the third year in a row, and became the first team in League history to start the postseason 12-0.

The Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs, although the Spurs played without star forward Kawhi Leonard after he injured his ankle in Game 1, an injury that turned the series around. The Spurs don't need him to play 32 minutes a night as he did in this final game of the season, and he still showed he has plenty to give.

Lee, Pau Gasol and Dewayne Dedmon all have player options while Patty Mills and Jonathon Simmons are unrestricted free agents.

Above: Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant goes to the basket against San Antonio Spurs forward Danny Green (left) during the 129-115 victory to close out the Western Conference Finals series 4-0.

But even with a full complement of players, the Spurs - or any opponent for that matter - would have been hard-pressed to beat Golden State the way the Warriors are playing.

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Even though Kerr has not been on the bench, Warriors owner Joe Lacob knows how important the head coach has been to his team's flawless 12-0 record in the playoffs. They haven't lost in over two months, and whoever they face in the finals, regardless of how many games it takes that team to get there, will be overwhelming underdogs.

The Spurs came up short of a championship this year. Ginobili got a curtain call from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and the cheering and chanting continued until he left the floor for good.

The 39-year-old rebounded from four straight scoreless games against Memphis in the opening round to provide San Antonio with a needed boost. Later, Popovich explained that he started Ginobili "as a sign of respect" since he doesn't expect the crafty southpaw to return for another season. Some of you might say that is just one game, yes it is, but it is one game on the road more, and it has to be won.

"Whoever has the best wine I guess?"

This is a Hall of Fame player who allowed me to bring him off the bench for - I can't even remember now - the last decade or something, because it would make us a better team overall. Life is simple. I didn't mean it to disrespect anybody, but if you felt disrespected, I'm sorry.

Manu Ginobili may have walked off the court for the last time for the San Antonio Spurs, but we won't know for sure until after the NBA Finals.

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