The Golden State Warriors made quick work of the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals, sweeping them away in four games despite being without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins for the entire series.
However, Draymond Green believes the Warriors still need both players to complete the three-peat:
"There's been so much talk about how "Oh they're the Warriors before Kevin got there they were great, bull—-," Draymond told ESPN "We was damn good I think we were a very good team who was tough to beat. I think when Kevin came here he made us unbeatable"https://t.co/QYdbCGzL3O
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) May 21, 2019
Golden State completed its sweep of the Blazers with a 119-117 overtime victory in Game 4, despite also missing veteran Andre Iguodala due to a calf issue.
The win gives Golden State nine days of rest before the NBA Finals commence on May 30. Durant has been sidelined since Game 5 of the Rockets series, while Cousins has been out with a quad injury since Game 2 of their first-round series against the LA Clippers.
The lengthy rest will give these injured players time to heal up before the Finals. Likewise, this gives them a chance to take a look at the Eastern Conference Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors, one of which will be their dance partner in the NBA Finals.
The 2019 version of the 2015 Warriors is undefeated since Durant went down. Golden State's exquisite ball movement has been so fun to watch over the last five and a half games. As good as they have looked, though, the Warriors still obviously want Durant and Cousins back on the floor with them.
Sure, the sweep might make people think that the Warriors just strolled through the Blazers in the West Finals. But it was a lot closer than the series score would show. In fact, Portland led by as many as 17 points in the final three games of the series, and each time, Golden State dug deep and snatched the win.
As Green said in the press conference, they are very tough to beat with their roster right now. But as Steve Kerr once said, Durant is their ultimate luxury, while Cousins adds another dynamic to their offense.
Surely, the Warriors will need all their weapons ready as four wins separate them from a historic three-peat.