The Golden State Warriors are one step closer to reclaiming their NBA championship. The Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 129-115 Monday night, cashing in as 12-point road favourites and sweeping San Antonio out of the Western Conference Finals. Golden State came into the 2016-17 season as –250 favorites to win the West.
Their chances against the Spurs weren’t looking too good early on – San Antonio was up big in Game 1 when Kawhi Leonard sprained his ankle. Without their best player, and with Tony Parker already out for the year, the Spurs just couldn’t compete with Golden State. Losing David Lee to a partially torn patella in Game 3 made matters even worse.
The Warriors will have until June 1 to rest for the NBA Finals. That should give ample time for Zaza Pachulia to recover from the right heel contusion he suffered in Game 2 against San Antonio. In his absence, Patrick McCaw started at center for the Dubs Monday night, after JaVale McGee drew the assignment in Game 3. Andre Iguodala played 22 minutes off the bench despite a sore left knee; Kevon Looney (hip) is the only longer-term injury concern for Golden State going forward.