Steve Kerr hopes the Golden State Warriors' fifth consecutive NBA Finals appearance does not go "unnoticed or underrated" as he emphasised the difficultly of the achievement.

Two-time reigning champions Golden State outlasted the Portland Trail Blazers 119-117 in overtime to claim a 4-0 series sweep in the Western Conference Finals.

With Monday's victory in Portland, the Warriors became the first team since the Boston Celtics in 1966 to reach five successive finals, and head coach Kerr hailed the feat.

"I hope it doesn't go unnoticed or underrated," Kerr told reporters. "Five straight finals hasn't been done since the 60s, since Bill Russell's Celtics. It hasn't been done for a reason: It's really, really difficult.

"I just can't say enough about the competitive desire of the group of players that we have here and the culture that they have built together. Playing together regardless of injury. Being without Kevin [Durant] these last five games has put us in a really tough spot and our guys stepped up in a big way.

"A couple years back, we were without Steph [Curry] for over a two-year period, I think he missed like 12 playoff games we won nine of them. So, the group has a fibre to them; where guys go down, they find a way to come together and compete and win.

"It starts defensively. If you can defend at a high level in the playoffs, you always have a chance. But I just think the experience of winning titles helps you in these moments and it helps you continue to move forward and come away with victories like tonight."

It was a historic night for the Warriors as Stephen Curry and Draymond Green became the first team-mates in playoff history to both record triple-doubles in the same game.

Curry posted 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, while Green had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to see the Warriors through to a showdown against the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors.

"They have been playing pick-and-roll together for five years, more than that, seven years and Draymond is an amazing playmaker and Steph is so lethal, he's going to draw a lot of attention," Kerr added.

"They have a lot of knack for working the pick-and-roll together, finding openings and then attacking. They are both great passers, as well.

"They are fun to watch. They are kind of made for each other from a basketball standpoint. You know, they have been doing this for a long time, so they have got a real feel for each other."

The Golden State Warriors became the first team since the Boston Celtics in 1966 to reach five consecutive NBA Finals.

Two-time reigning champions Golden State completed a 4-0 Western Conference Finals series sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers thanks to Monday's 119-117 overtime victory.

The Warriors are just the second team in league history to accomplish the feat, joining the Celtics – who reached the Finals in 10 straight years from 1957-66.

Golden State will be playing for their third successive championship and fourth title during the stretch.

The Warriors' lone Finals loss came to the Cleveland Cavaliers after seven games in 2015-16.

Golden State will face the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors.

Milwaukee hold a 2-1 lead in that matchup heading into Game 4 on Tuesday.

Draymond Green said he will pay to fly a reporter to the NBA Finals after the Golden State Warriors advanced to the championship decider for the fifth successive year.

Golden State's quest for a three-peat of titles continued after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers 4-0 in the Western Conference Finals on Monday.

Green played a leading role in Portland, where the Warriors star had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the 119-117 overtime victory.

And Green called out one certain reporter during his post-game news conference.

"You were good luck today," three-time champion Green said before the reporter could finish his question.

The reporter then replied by asking if the Warriors would fly him out for the NBA Finals.

"Absolutely," Green responded. "… I'll pay for the ticket myself."

Laughter broke out in the news conference as Green insisted he would not pay for the reporter's hotel.

The Warriors will face either the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals.

The Golden State Warriors are back in the NBA Finals for the fifth successive season at the expense of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Golden State completed a 4-0 sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals with a 119-117 overtime win in Game 4. 

Here are three takeaways from two-time defending champions Golden State's big win in Portland on Monday.

 

Leonard the X-factor nobody was ready for

Portland's Meyers Leonard had a career night against the Warriors.

The seventh-year center poured in 25 first-half points, which is more than he has ever scored in a game in the NBA or college. He finished with a team-high 30 points, 12 rebounds and knocked down five three-pointers in the contest.

Leonard's insertion into the starting line-up was essential to stretching Golden State's defense out, but it was not enough to prolong the series.

 

Curry has continued to step it up

Stephen Curry is on a roll.

The Warriors star has scored at least 30 points in his last five playoff games, but he took things up a notch on Monday, recording a triple-double.

Curry finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in Golden State's win, while team-mate Draymond Green tallied a triple-double of his own.

Two-time MVP Curry has been re-asserting his dominance as of late, which is a great sign for the Warriors – who have been playing without injured star Kevin Durant.

Curry did not sit for a single second after half-time on the road.

 

Golden State owned the boards

The Warriors took control of the rebounding battle, beating the Trail Blazers on the boards 56-38.

Golden State created plenty of second-chance opportunities, as they grabbed 15 offensive rebounds compared to Portland's six.

The Warriors will now await the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors. Milwaukee enter Tuesday's Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead. 

Golden State Warriors pair Stephen Curry and Draymond Green became the first team-mates in NBA playoff history to both record triple-doubles in the same game.

Curry and Green made history as two-time reigning champions the Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers to reach the NBA Finals on Monday.

Warriors star Curry posted 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in Portland, where the Warriors outlasted the Trail Blazers 119-117 in overtime of the Game 4 Western Conference Finals clash.

Green, meanwhile, had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. He made an impact defensively too, chipping in three steals and two blocks.

With the win, the Warriors advanced to their fifth successive NBA Finals. Golden State are just the second team in history to play in five consecutive Finals.

The Warriors will face the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors.

Milwaukee hold a 2-1 lead in that matchup heading into Game 4 on Tuesday.

The Golden State Warriors have reached their fifth successive NBA Finals after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers. 

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is not worried about his injury.

Lillard, who has been playing through a separated rib on his left side against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals, told reporters on Sunday he feels "fine".

"I don't think it's something that's affecting my game," Lillard told reporters.

"Not really [limiting], just the pain from having a separated rib. There's nothing you can really do about it. Just when I get winded, it's a little harder to breathe. Contact, when you're in there banging with guys, just normal stuff."

Lillard appeared to suffer the injury when he collided with Kevon Looney in the third quarter of Game 2.

He then played 40 minutes in Game 3, scoring 19 points on five-of-18 shooting. 

The 28-year-old star has knocked down just 32.9 per cent of his field-goal attempts and turned the ball over 14 times in the series against the Warriors.

"There's not much you can do to increase my level of respect for him," backcourt partner CJ McCollum said.

"I understand who he is as a person to the core, so it's an unfortunate situation and injury to have to fight through, but he's a strong person, and understanding what's at stake.

"We're in the playoffs right now, so there's no excuses and there's no way I feel like he can sit out of a game or anything of that nature. So, we've just got to keep pushing forward, and as I said, we can rest in the summer."

The Trail Blazers held double-digit half-time leads in each of the past two games. But, the Warriors rallied and came away with wins in both of those matchups to take a 3-0 advantage.

"You look at the numbers and there's a slim chance of you winning the series like that, but we've got a lot to play for," Lillard said.

"Obviously you never know when the first time it's going to happen, we could be the first team to do it. Also, you don't want to go out being swept in the Western Conference finals. Pride, being competitors, being professionals, we've got a lot to play for. We're not ready to just go out there and say, 'Oh, we did our best, we had a great season.' We've got a lot to play for."

Game 4 between the Warriors and Trail Blazers is on Monday.

Terry Stotts thinks effort will be more important than strategy when the Portland Trail Blazers try to avoid being swept by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

The Warriors moved 3-0 up in the series with a 110-99 victory over the Trail Blazers on Saturday, Stephen Curry scoring 36 points while Draymond Green claimed a triple-double.

Portland held an 18-point lead in the second quarter but added just 13 in the third as Golden State came from behind to move one win away from a fifth straight NBA Finals appearance.

Stotts felt the Trail Blazers offense "fell apart" in the second half and called for improved energy levels in Game 4 at Moda Center on Monday.

"We're going to give it our best effort on Monday. I mean, that's all that matters, is we give it our best effort. We give it everything we have on Monday, and whatever happens, happens," said Stotts.

"But that's [about] having the pride and professionalism to give it the best effort and to get a home win, and then go from there.

"I don't know if it's as much about strategy as about just rallying around and giving it the best effort possible."

Portland overcame the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round before beating the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 in the semi-finals, and C.J. McCollum, who scored a team-high 23 points on seven-of-20 shooting, is excited by the prospect of an all-or-nothing match.

"You never want a series to end, especially in your home court. Everybody on this team has pride," said McCollum.

"Everybody on this team understands what's at stake, and we've been through a lot of adversity this season and in our lives individually. We're looking forward to the challenge.

"We dug ourselves in quite a hole but now for us it's just one game at a time. The next game is Monday at home in front of our fans and we want to do our best to try to put on a good show."

Damian Lillard added: "It starts with one. We've still got another game on our floor, and that's a solid start for us.

"We can't look at Game 5 or Game 6 or any of that. We've just got to get one. We're confident that we can do that and then once we do that, we build from there."

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has made changes to his on-court demeanour because he believes it had become "disgusting" to watch him play.

Green produced a phenomenal display as the Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals with a 110-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, who had an 18-point late in the second quarter, on Saturday.

The fiery 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year had 20 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists and four steals for his seventh playoff triple-double and third this postseason.

Green has a history of arguing with officials and was involved in a public argument with team-mate Kevin Durant during an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in November, but the three-time All-Star took a more measured approach with Jordan Bell after the center missed a dunk with the Warriors trailing by eight in the third quarter.

Head coach Steve Kerr referred to Green as a "wrecking ball" following his galvanising performance and said he is not letting anything bother him, something the Golden State forward has been working on.

"I think it [avoiding confrontation with the officials] definitely helps the energy of guys. I still like to pick and choose my spots. Sometimes I may take a tech, but that's more mindful than just getting a tech. Sometimes I know I need an energy burst; maybe I'll take one," said Green.

"But sometimes I'm not mindful, and I'll get a tech and that will just kill the energy of our team. I've really been focused and locked in on that and I realised I got to a point where I was doing more crying than playing.

"I'm sure it was disgusting to watch because I felt disgusting playing that way, and I just wanted to lock back in on the game.

"I understand that officials aren't perfect and I still have conversations with them now, when they miss a call, but it's a completely different conversation.

"My mom has been really big. My fiancee has been really big, just talking to me about that and just telling me to stay locked in on the game.

"I also have some little ones at the house that are enjoying watching me play. I don't necessarily want them to see that. So [I] just try to be more mindful of it."

Green, who was in double digits for rebounds for the eighth game in succession, was key as he consistently pushed the ball in transition, but he is willing to take a back seat when Durant and DeMarcus Cousins return from their respective calf and thigh injuries.

"I feel great, and just trying to bring whatever I've got to bring to the table to help this team win, to help DeMarcus [Cousins] and Kevin get back out there on the floor," he said.

"When we have Steph [Stephen Curry], Klay [Thompson], KD, DeMarcus, I don't need to play like that. As crazy as it sounds, somebody has to give up something when you have that many guys who are capable of doing what they are doing.

"I take it upon myself to be the guy to give that up. I think I'm playing great right now but I'm not the scorer that those four guys are.

"If I'm wide open and Klay is half open, I think it's still a better shot if I give the ball to Klay. That's just my mindset where we got all our guys on the floor but when they are not, I have to have a different mindset to step up for the team, as everyone has stepped up their game a notch."

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes Draymond Green has never played with more control as he lauded the forward's form.

Green posted a triple-double of 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in the Warriors' 110-99 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

The Warriors moved into a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals, putting them a win away from reaching a fifth straight NBA Finals.

Kerr was full of praise for Green, who is a three-time NBA All-Star.

"He's done so much here, it's hard to look back and say what's the best, what's his best stretch," he told a news conference.

"I just know he's playing unbelievably well right now. He's playing with force. He's playing with discipline. He's playing under control.

"He's not letting anything bother him – officiating, bad shots, turnovers, he's just moving on to the next play. So from that standpoint, as good as he's ever been."

The Warriors are in control of the Western Conference finals despite being without Kevin Durant throughout the series due to the star's calf injury.

Kerr believes the absence of Durant may be helping Green by giving the 29-year-old more opportunities.

"I think the biggest thing is he has the ball in his hands a lot more. With Kevin out, he's a guy who was averaging 34-35 points a game in the playoffs when he went out. I think the best player in the NBA right now, Kevin Durant," he said.

"So Kevin obviously is going to have the ball in his hands an awful lot. He goes down and all of a sudden that changes the responsibility of a few different players.

"It provides more opportunities for the bench, but it puts the ball in Draymond's hands a lot more."

The Golden State Warriors are approaching a Western Conference finals sweep.

Two-time reigning champions Golden State topped the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 in a Game 3, extending their lead in the series to 3-0.

Here are three takeaways from Golden State's comeback win on Saturday, with another trip to the NBA Finals only one victory away.

 

Trail Blazers can't hold a lead

Portland led by double-digits at half-time for the second consecutive game, but blew their lead to the defending champions again.

Last time the Trail Blazers' blunder was at Oracle Arena, but home-court advantage made no difference.

Golden State have been the best third-quarter team during the NBA season, and now Portland have their back against the wall.

 

Golden State owning the break

The Warriors have been very fluid in transition against the Trail Blazers, as they have outscored Portland 53-23 in the series.

Golden State only allowed Portland eight fast-break points on the night, but recorded 21 of their own. The Warriors held the Blazers to a measly two fast-break points in Game 1.

The Trail Blazers are not getting any freebies, and that probably will not change.

 

Green has his fingerprints on everything

Draymond Green is simply a difference maker in every area for the Warriors. The 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year has seen an uptick in usage in the absence of Kevin Durant, and Golden State seem to have returned to the days of old because of it.

Green stuffed that stat sheet with 20 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists, four steals and a block against Portland. Although he committed three fouls, he helped set the tone with his usual physicality. He also provided valuable leadership qualities to keep his team in the hunt.

The Trail Blazers will attempt to get their first win of the series on in Portland on Monday.

Two-time reigning champions the Golden State Warriors are one win away from the NBA Finals after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Saturday.

Golden State used a Draymond Green triple-double and a third-quarter comeback to top the Trail Blazers in Portland for a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

After trailing by 13 points at half-time in Game 3, the Warriors outscored the Trail Blazers 29-13 in the third quarter to take a lead into the final frame they would never relinquish.

Over the last two games, Golden State – playing without injured star Kevin Durant due to a calf strain – have outscored Portland 68-39 and erased double-digit deficits in each of those outings.

The Trail Blazers' free-throw shooting absolutely destroyed their chances down the stretch as they missed 13 free throws in the clash.

Warriors star Stephen Curry posted a game-high 36 points while adding six rebounds and three assists for the visitors, while team-mate Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists and four steals.

The Trail Blazers face elimination when they host the Warriors again in Game 4 on Monday.

Kevin Durant's calf strain is a little more serious than the Golden State Warriors first thought, Steve Kerr said after they moved 2-0 ahead in their Western Conference Finals series with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Durant was again a spectator as the Warriors came from behind to beat the Trail Blazers 114-111 in Oakland on Thursday, having suffered his injury in Game 5 of the semi-final series with the Houston Rockets.

Prior to the game, the Warriors provided an update in which they said Durant is not ready to return to on-court work.

And asked about the two-time Finals MVP in his post-game media conference, Kerr said: "It's a little more serious than we thought at the beginning... Hopefully he'll be back at some point."

The Warriors trailed by 15 points at half-time and were still down by eight with four-and-a-half minutes left, and Kerr conceded they were fortunate come away with the victory.

"We stole that game," Kerr added. "They outplayed us."

Two-time MVP Stephen Curry again got the better of younger brother Seth, scoring 37 points in 39 minutes while his younger sibling tallied 16 off the bench for the Blazers.

"This was like the coolest experience I think I've ever had playing against him," Stephen Curry said. "We talked about the stage and he was amazing tonight.

"Every minute he was out there defensively he was a pest, made three big shots in the fourth quarter, very timely. For my parents, I know we've talked about it the whole series and these last two games, it's probably nerve wracking as heck for them, but it worked out perfectly tonight, he played well and we won.

"He tried to distract me at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and I knew how to go back at him but stay focused on what I needed to do. It's just fun.

"I had to catch myself a couple of times because I do want to go over and have a little small talk or whatever, but you've got to stay locked in."

Revealing what he said to try to distract his older brother, Seth said: "He made the first [free throw], I told him that's like 70 in a row.

"I tried to jinx him a little bit. He was like: 'Alright, it's going to be 72.' He made them both, so he wasn't fazed."

The series shifts to Portland on Saturday, when the Warriors will look to take a 3-0 lead.

The Golden State Warriors and their quest for a third successive NBA title remains on track after the reigning champions earned a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference finals.

Golden State came from behind to trump the Portland Trail Blazers 114-111 in Game 2 on Thursday.

The Warriors erased a 15-point half-time deficit to take control of the playoff series, which heads to Portland for Game 3 on Saturday.

Here are three takeaways from the Warriors' victory.

 

Iguodala makes big play when it matters most

Veteran Andre Iguodala did not have a great game.

The Warriors forward finished with four points on two-of-six shooting and missed all three of his three-point attempts. Yet, he came through for his team when they needed him most.

The Trail Blazers had a final chance to tie the score trailing by three points with less than 11 seconds remaining. Iguodala, however, stripped the ball away from Damian Lillard as he was attempting a three-pointer.

Iguodala also chipped in five rebounds and four assists.

 

Stephen Curry delivers again

Warriors superstar Stephen Curry continues to shine with Kevin Durant sidelined.

Curry was once again phenomenal for Golden State. He finished with 37 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to carry his team to a win.

Durant has been out since straining his calf in Golden State's Game 5 win over the Houston Rockets and he is not expected to play in either of the next two matchups.

Without Durant, Curry scored 33 points to help Golden State close out the Rockets and followed that up with 36 points in Game 1 against Portland. The Warriors will need him to continue playing at that level.

 

Warriors bench makes an impact

The Warriors received unexpected contributions from multiple players off their bench on Thursday.

Backup centers Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney combined for 25 points and 10 rebounds in 43 total minutes. Jonas Jerebko grabbed seven boards, as well, while Alfonzo McKinnie hit a key three-pointer.

This series could be a short one if Golden State's role players continue to make an impact.

The Golden State Warriors are firmly in control of the Western Conference finals after edging the Portland Trail Blazers 114-111 in Game 2.

Golden State pulled out a win over the Trail Blazers in a back-and-forth game at Oracle Arena on Thursday as the two-time reigning champions earned a 2-0 series lead.

The visiting Trail Blazers outplayed Golden State early and held a 15-point advantage heading into half-time.

But, the Warriors worked their way back into the contest by opening the third quarter on a 16-4 run and erased an eight-point deficit with a little less than 4:30 to play in the final period.

Trailing by three points with 12.3 seconds remaining, Portland had a final chance to tie the score. Andre Iguodala, however, stripped the ball away from Damian Lillard as he was attempting a three-pointer to level the game.

Stephen Curry was once again phenomenal for Golden State. He finished with 37 points on 11-of-22 shooting and added eight assists, along with eight rebounds. Klay Thompson contributed 24 points.

Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 45 points for Portland in the losing effort.

The Trail Blazers will host Game 3 on at the Moda Center in Portland on Saturday.

 

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