Lue, Green in favor of Warriors-Cavs trilogy: 'Why not want to see it again?'

Lue, Green in favor of Warriors-Cavs trilogy: 'Why not want to see it again?'

OAKLAND -- With each team following up first-round sweeps with another sweep in the conference finals, the inevitability of a Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals trilogy seems to become more evident by the day.

Moreover, it seems each team, having established conference superiority over the past two seasons, wants a piece of the other.

“I know as a basketball fan, that’s what I want to see,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said Wednesday.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue shares that feeling.

“So two of the teams that have been in back-to-back Finals -- so, why not? Why not want to see it again?" Lue told reporters in Ohio on Wednesday. "I don't see why it would be a problem. Last year had some of the best ratings, I think, in NBA history. I think now with them adding (Kevin) Durant and the way they're playing, the way we're playing, it can be even higher."

The 2016 NBA Finals drew the highest TV ratings since 1998, when Michael Jordan concluded his Chicago Bulls career by crushing Utah in six games. Game 7 of Warriors-Cavs in June drew the highest single-game ratings since Game 6 of the ’98 series, which featured Jordan’s game-winning shot over Jazz guard Bryon Russell and the extended follow-through.

The Warriors and Cavs have not faced much drama so far. The Warriors tore through the Trail Blazers in the first round and the Jazz in the Western Conference Semifinals, winning by an average of 16.5 points. Cleveland overcame the Pacers in the first round, winning by an average of 4.0 points, before clobbering the Raptors by an average of 15.2 points in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

By every metric, the Warriors and Cavaliers have been best teams in the playoffs.

"A lot of people wanted to see Boston and the Lakers back in the day,” Lue said. “Nowadays, a lot of people want to see Golden State-Cavs. And it's not a problem. Right now, it's two of the teams playing some of the best basketball right now.”

To advance, the Warriors will have to defeat the winner of the Rockets-Spurs series, while the Cavs would have to get past the winner of the Celtics-Wizards series.

“You hear all the talk about it,” Green said of a possible rematch. “You know it’s there. But we’ve got four more games to win before we can reach an NBA Finals. We’ve got to really lock in and try to win those four games.”

The Finals begin June 1.


What if they don't win the title? Joe Lacob says Warriors 'looking at different options'


What if they don't win the title? Joe Lacob says Warriors 'looking at different options'

The Warriors were the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

That is probably going to change this season, as they trail the Rockets by three games (although it's really four because Houston has the tiebreaker) with 12 games to play (and only lead the Raptors by one game).

What does owner Joe Lacob think about his team right now?

“We’ve had our best team we’ve ever had this year,” Lacob recently told Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group (read the full story here). “We have to go prove it on the court, but we have enough to win it.

"It doesn’t mean we will, but we are certainly set up to have the opportunity potentially to do that. That’s about all you can ask.”

Things can change in an instant and Lacob understands that.

That's why he's constantly discussing scenarios with Warriors GM Bob Myers and the rest of Golden State's decision-makers.

“We’ll build around that core until we decide maybe we shouldn’t," Lacob told BANG. "But right now it feels pretty good. These guys are all performing at a great level. We love them as part of our organization.

"I don’t really see doing anything major. But you never really know. We have to evaluate when the season is over. It’s very hard when you’re in the middle of it all to see it objectively.”

What happens if the Warriors don't win the championship this year?

We will leave you with this quote Lacob gave BANG.

“Maybe we will emphasize continuity. Or maybe we will make a big move. We’re looking at different options, given different things playing out in different ways.

"I think you should always be doing that.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Pat McCaw will return vs Spurs; Draymond Green vs LaMarcus Aldridge


Pat McCaw will return vs Spurs; Draymond Green vs LaMarcus Aldridge

In 43 seasons battling the Spurs, only once have the Warriors swept a season series, a feat they will accomplish again with a victory Monday night in San Antonio.

Winning at AT&T Center will be a tough task for the depleted Warriors (53-17), who for the third consecutive game will take the floor with three of their four All-Stars -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson -- unavailable. Guard Pat McCaw, however, will be available for the first time in five weeks.

After the Spurs (40-30) lost nine of 11 games over a 30-day span and seemed to be fading from the playoff race, they’ve posted three straight wins and are very much in the race, despite the continued absence of star forward Kawhi Leonard.


Spurs by 7


Draymond Green & Co. vs. LaMarcus Aldridge: Aldridge is a load for any defender and has carried the Spurs this season. Expect the Warriors to stick to their routine when facing a single pivotal player and send a variety of defenders. Green is sure to be one of them. Others likely to take turns include Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee, David West and maybe even Kevon Looney. The Warriors will consider it success if they can keep Aldridge under 30 points.


Warriors: F Omri Casspi (R ankle tweak), G Stephen Curry (R ankle tweak), F Kevin Durant (R rib fracture) and G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) and listed as out.

Spurs: F Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is listed as out.


Warriors: 7-3. Spurs: 5-5.


James Capers (crew chief), Bennie Adams, Karl Lane


The Warriors won the first three of four meetings this season: 112-92 on Nov. 2 in San Antonio, 122-105 on Feb. 10 in Oakland and 110-107 on March 8 at Oakland. They were 1-2 against San Antonio last season and are 9-7 against the Spurs in the Steve Kerr era.


COOK’S ROLL: Two-way PG Quinn Cook was terrific in the last two games, scoring a combined 53 points on 21-of-30 shooting. That was against lottery teams. The Spurs traditionally make life tough for guards and will pose a much bigger challenge. If Cook stays hot under this pressure, the Warriors will be beyond ecstatic.

MCCAW RETURNS: The return of McCaw, out since Feb. 12 with a L wrist fracture, gives the Warriors a fourth guard and some welcome flexibility. Cook played 80 minutes in the recent back-to-back set, and Nick Young played 78. McCaw will be on a minutes restriction (less than 20) but can perform on or off the ball.

THE BENCH GAME: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has virtually trademarked liberal usage of reserves; only San Antonio has had eight players score in double figures in three different games this season, and 13 different Spurs average at least 10 ppg. Their depth will be a problem for these very thin Warriors.