Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

The Trilogy has arrived.

The Warriors. The Cavaliers. Facing each other in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive postseason. The series begins June 1 with Game 1 at Oracle Arena.

With a 135-102 victory over the Celtics Thursday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavs advance to face a Warriors team riding the wave created by being the first club in NBA history to start the postseason with 12 straight wins.

With the teams splitting the first two Finals, the Warriors winning in 2015 and the Cavs prevailing last June, this one is to break the tie.

In the meantime, both teams have done some significant retooling.

The Warriors last summer added four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, along with veterans JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West.

Though LeBron James remains the hub of the Cavs, the team made several in-season changes, most notably adding veterans Kyle Korver and Deron Williams.

The Warriors came into the playoffs having earned the No. 1 overall seed by virtue of their NBA-best 67-15 record. They’re 27-1 since March 11, having ended the regular season by winning 15 of their last 16 games before taking out Portland, Utah and San Antonio in four games each to reach The Finals.

The Cavaliers (51-31) held the top seed in the East for most of the season before staggering over the final six weeks, going 9-12 over their final 21 games, including four consecutive losses to end the season.

Cleveland seems to have recovered from its late-season slump, sweeping Indiana and Toronto in the first two rounds before ousting the Celtics in five.

The Warriors and Cavs split two games in the regular season, each team winning on its home floor. Cleveland took a 109-108 decision on Christmas Day, while the Warriors came back for a 126-91 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oakland.

The NBA Finals schedule can be seen below. 

Game 1 – Thu  June  1  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 2 – Sun  June  4  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM  

Game 3 – Wed  June  7  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 4 – Fri  June  9  Golden State at Cleveland             6:00PM  

Game 5 * Mon  June 12  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 6 * Thu  June 15  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 7 * Sun  June 18  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM    

For KD, the opening of the Durant Center is 'truly a dream come true'

Kevin Durant Charity Foundation

For KD, the opening of the Durant Center is 'truly a dream come true'

Kevin Durant was not present at Warriors practice Wednesday night in Washington.

Don't worry. He had a great excuse.

Durant wasn't practicing because he had somewhere to be: the official opening of College Track at the Durant Center, a new facility in his hometown of Prince George's County, Maryland, aimed at helping low-income and underserved students enroll and graduate from college.

The new state-of-the-art facility will offer students the academic, financial, and social-emotional resources to embolden their college and career goals. It's opening comes a year after Durant announced a personal 10-year, $10 million commitment to Prince George's County.

"When my foundation partnered with College Track last year, we said from day one we wanted it to live inside a facility we could develop for Prince George’s County,” Durant said. “The opening of the Durant Center is truly a dream come true for me and my family.”

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Community outreach has been a priority for Durant throughout his NBA career, but even more so in recent years. Last June, he was awarded the 2017-18 Season-long NBA Cares Community Assist Award after pledging more than $13 million to numerous organizations with a dedicated emphasis on education.

The grand opening coincided with Golden State's trip to the nation's capital, as the Warriors put their eight-game winning streak on the line against the Wizards on Thursday.

Jonas Jerebko to miss rest of Warriors' road trip due to birth of child


Jonas Jerebko to miss rest of Warriors' road trip due to birth of child

You won't see forward Jonas Jerebko in the next three Warriors games.

But it's not related to anything on the court. Jerebko has left the team so he can fly home to be with his wife Johanna, who is expecting their second child.

The Warriors are scheduled to play the Wizards on Thursday in Washington, the Celtics on Saturday in Boston and the Pacers on Monday in Indiana.

After that, they return home face the 76ers and Lakers.

The 31-year-old Jerebko has had an up-and-down first season with the Warriors. For a long stretch, he was one of the first players off the bench and a key contributor. But recently, he's found himself out of the rotation.

In 47 games, he's averaging 7.1 points and 4.9 rebounds.

Good luck to Jonas and Johanna. We can't wait to see the newest member of the Jerebko family.