Westbrook's historic effort eliminates Denver, locks in Warriors-Blazers

Westbrook's historic effort eliminates Denver, locks in Warriors-Blazers

For the second straight year, the Warriors will meet the Trail Blazers in the postseason.

And it was set up in dramatic fashion.

Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, who earlier in Sunday's game in Denver broke Oscar Robertson's single-season triple-double record, hit a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to lift the Thunder past the Nuggets 106-105.

The loss eliminated the Nuggets from playoff contention and allowed Portland to clinch the 8th and final spot in the West.

The Warriors won all four meetings with the Blazers this season:

Nov. 1, 2016 in Portland: Warriors 127, Blazers 104
Dec. 17, 2016 in Oakland: Warriors 135, Blazers 90
Jan. 4, 2017 in Oakland: Warriors 125, Blazers 117
Jan. 29, 2017 in Portland: Warriors 113, Blazers 111

Last year, the Warriors defeated the Blazers in five games in the Western Conference Semifinals.

The NBA playoffs begin next weekend.

Westbrook's game-winner finished off a 50-point, 16-rebound, 10-assist performance, his record-setting 42nd triple-double of the season.


Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion


Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion

Already down three All-Stars, the Warriors lost their fourth midway through the first half on Monday night.

With just over nine minutes remaining in the second quarter against the Spurs, Draymond Green took a knee from a driving Danny Green.

Draymond was in immediate pain and left the court for the locker room.

Just before the end of the first half, NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke reported that Green was ruled out for the rest of the game with a "midsection issue."

Early in the second half, the Warriors diagnosed that Green suffered a pelvic contusion and that x-rays were negative.

The Warriors are currently playing without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. All three are dealing with injuries that will keep them out several games.

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