Victorious in Dallas, the Warriors are one step away from a return to the Finals

Victorious in Dallas, the Warriors are one step away from a return to the Finals

This Sunday, during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors once again won against Dallas. An away victory controlled from start to finish, which comes to weigh down our hopes of suspense in this confrontation between two teams with similar styles of play. One practices the small ball well, the other has raised it to the rank of art.

The pretty homemade boxscore is HERE!

With suspense, it’s always better. Within it, this Game 3 did not reflect the physiognomy of an overwhelming success on the part of the Dubs. From the 3rd quarter, the lead of the Californians swirled around ten units, without taking on the appearance of a blowout. But more generally, like the first two meetings of the series, the Warriors splashed this third round with a serenity that commands respect. In metronome of this quiet-bilou tempo, Stephen Curry was proprissime with 31 points at 10/20 shooting including 5/10 from the parking lot, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. He and Andrew Wiggins – 27 points at 11/20 shooting, 11 rebounds and 3 assists – were the strong men of the game. Without forcing, they once again eclipsed a 40-point performance from Luka Doncic, far too lonely to even hope to win. We’ve never played the Playoffs eh, neither have you, but we now know what our game sheet would look like if a coach decided to give us 40 minutes, like Reggie Bullock last night: 0 point at 0/10 in shooting including 0/7 from the parking lot, and 4 faults. Apart from Spencer Dinwiddie (26 points) and Jalen Brunson (20 points) therefore, Luka Magic has found no shoulder to rest on. As soon as a balloon went inside, towards Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber, a bit like in the movies, an old gentleman warned him: “don’t go, on this series, no ball came back”. Yeah, the Mavs racquet is screwing.

And now, what do we do? We are waiting – one or two meetings – for the Warriors to validate the fourth? That’s the idea. In the entire history of the NBA, no team has ever come back from a 3-0. It seems unlikely that Steve Kerr’s squad will be the victim of a future record. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, Draymond Green or even Andrew Wiggins, these guys in no way have the heads of those who write history the wrong way. Conversely, probably exhausted by their upset on Phoenix, the Mavericks are now running out of resources. They take a recital in areas of play that are supposed to be mastered at this stage of the competition. An example ? Under the circle, on the rebound, where the Warriors lead 135-88 in the first three games of the series. We know a boy like Kevon Looney is an expert in the field, but Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson are also getting into it, showing that ultimate success comes from collective involvement. This is the secret of their group: each is specialized, but all perform.

Poor Luka. Lonely – and despite the efforts of his backcourt friends – the Slovenian swinging performance at 40 units in the void. What will it take to reverse the trend? Performances at 50.

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