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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.

 

Andrew Bogut's agent had no idea center was talking to Warriors about return

Andrew Bogut's agent had no idea center was talking to Warriors about return

When rumors around Andrew Bogut's potential return to the Warriors began to circulate, many people were caught entirely off guard.

But it wasn't just fans and analysts who were surprised the 2005 No. 1 overall pick would be returning to help his former team capture another title. 

Bogut's agent apparently had no idea the veteran center and the Warriors had been discussing a return to the Bay Area.

“Funny enough, my agent didn’t even know,” Bogut told The Athletic's Ethan Strauss. “I told my agent, ‘Hey I’m talking to the Warriors,’ and he was like, ‘What the f***? Do they know I’m your agent? Why don’t they call me?’”

The 34-year-old last played for the Warriors during the 2015-16 season and has been out of the NBA since January of 2018.

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In the four games since his return to the two-time defending champions, Bogut is averaging 5.3 points and 6.2 rebounds while looking slimmer and more athletic, something he attributes to drinking more beer and having a less rigorous schedule while being back home in Australia. 

The unexpected reunion has been a success so far. Perhaps when Bogut officially hangs up his sneakers he can start a second career as an agent.

It's worked out so far.

Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets

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Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets

Blazers starting center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a horrible, horrible injury during Monday night's game against the Nets.

If you watched it live or have watched a replay, you know how brutal it was. If you haven't watched the video, DON'T.

Just think Gordon Hayward, Kevin Ware, Paul George and Shaun Livingston.

It was that bad.

Shortly after midnight, the Blazers announced that Nurkic suffered a compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula, and that there is no timetable for his return.

Nurkic was having a monster game at the time of the injury, dropping in 32 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, and the Blazers beat the Nets in double overtime, but neither matters at this point.

Losing Nurkic is another huge blow for the Blazers, who currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference. They are already playing without shooting guard CJ McCollum, who strained his popliteus muscle in his left knee.

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins was among the current and former players to send their thoughts and prayers to Nurkic.