The Warriors made five straight trips to the NBA Finals, winning three times, before missing the playoffs entirely the last two years. A win tonight will punch their ticket back to the Finals for the first time since 2019 and their sixth trip in the previous eight seasons. The Warriors’ last chance to earn a series sweep was two rounds ago when they were up three games to none against the Denver Nuggets, and while they ultimately won the series, they couldn’t get the sweep. Steve Kerr knows that the close-out game is always the toughest, but he’s confident his team is focused and ready for tonight.
“It’s always the toughest game, the close-out game, so we know it will be difficult,” Steve Kerr said Monday. “I would expect that we’ve learned from those two games that we lost, and we’ll have a focused effort.”
Luka Dončić will indeed have something to say about that. Dončić has been otherworldly in these playoffs and scored 82 points in the last two games against the Warriors. Still, Dallas is not quite there yet. As Jason Kidd said, they will be back after the Mavs Game 3 loss on Sunday night.
“This is just the beginning of our journey,” said Kidd. “This is huge for our franchise. It’s great to go through this. You can call (the Warriors a) dynasty. They have three great players who will all be Hall of Famers. So we’re learning a big lesson. This is not the end. This is just the beginning.”
Steph's 31 PTS, 11 AST helped GSW take a 3-0 lead.
Wiggins went for 27 PTS, 11 REB in the Warriors Game 3 W.
Luka averaging 34 PPG in the series.
GAME 4 – Tonight at 9pm/et on TNT pic.twitter.com/KD2UL3jWBD
— NBA (@NBA) May 24, 2022
Broadcast Info & Game/Series Details
Tip: 8:00 PM (CT)
Location: Chase Center, San Francisco
Series: GSW leads 3-0
Odds: DAL -1, O/U 215.5
1. Jalen Brunson
2. Luka Dončić
3. Reggie Bullock
4. Dorian Finney-Smith
5. Dwight Powell
Injury Report: Tim Hardaway OUT (foot)
Golden State Warriors
1. Stephen Curry
2. Klay Thompson
3. Andrew Wiggins
4. Draymond Green
5. Kevon Looney
Injury Report: James Wiseman OUT (knee), Gary Payton II OUT (elbow), Andre Iguodala OUT (neck), Otto Porter DTD (foot)
The Dallas Mavericks have their proof of concept: https://t.co/g4ysRzOQu4
— Rob Mahoney (@RobMahoney) May 24, 2022
Smart, winning veterans with smart, winning opinions. A lot of lineup options. A coach who trusts his leaders. This is the perfect setup for the way the Warriors make decisions. https://t.co/uYjayAZVFU
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) May 24, 2022
As you read this terrific @CallieCaplan story, ask yourself this: How many times this season have you seen Luka Doncic look at the bench and express disapproval?
Luka Doncic on Jason Kidd’s honest coaching in first Mavs run: ‘You even more trust him’ https://t.co/aWpfgaBKd9
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) May 24, 2022