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Warriors erase another big deficit vs. Blazers, make NBA playoff history

Warriors erase another big deficit vs. Blazers, make NBA playoff history

The Warriors did it again Monday night. 

Yes, they clinched their fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals with an overtime win in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. But their victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center made history in another sense, 

With Monday's win, Golden State became the first team to overcome three consecutive 15-point deficits in the NBA playoffs in two decades. 

Golden State trailed by 17 points with 1:55 remaining in the third quarter, and a Steph Curry 3-pointer cut it 14 just 13 seconds later. 

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"We know we can cover 17 points in a matter of three, four minutes," Draymond Green told reporters in Portland on Monday. "So we always try to keep that mindset that we're never out of the game, and we just need to make solid plays. It definitely helps to have No. 30, who -- you know, they go up 17 and he hits a three. It just kind of puts them back on their heels, and it shifts the momentum for us. We just really understand what we're capable of on both sides of the basketball. We're never out of the fight, and that's just always our mindset."

It took the Warriors a little longer than three or four minutes, as they didn't tie the game until there was 4:34 remaining in the fourth quarter. But at least in part because of that mindset, the Warriors are once again headed to The Finals. 

Warriors waive Julian Washburn, who was acquired in Andre Iguodala trade

Warriors waive Julian Washburn, who was acquired in Andre Iguodala trade

The Warriors waived two-way forward Julian Washburn, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Golden State acquired Washburn on July 7 in the trade that sent Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies.

He played in the Dubs' final two Summer League games in Las Vegas last week.

The 27-year-old appeared in 18 games with the Grizzlies last season, and averaged 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 38 games with the franchise's G League affiliate.

The Warriors now have one more two-way contract available, which could go to Damion Lee.

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Undrafted guard Ky Bowman holds the other two-way deal.

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What shocked Mariners' Sam Tuivailala about Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

What shocked Mariners' Sam Tuivailala about Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

It's a sight Warriors fans will never forget. It's the last image they have of Kevin Durant in a Warriors uniform.

Durant being helped off the court in Toronto after tearing his right Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

On one side was Warriors director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini. On the other side was former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala.

Somehow, Durant was able to put weight on his injured right leg. He didn't need to be carried off the court.

That part blows the mind of Seattle Mariners pitcher Sam Tuivailala, who just returned from an Achilles rupture of his own.

“I saw the play and I was just shocked he was able to walk on it after,” Tuivailala told Jeff Faraudo for The Seattle Times. “When I saw that I didn’t think it was an Achilles because I couldn’t put any type of weight on it. I hope he has a safe and smooth recovery, like I did.”

Durant underwent surgery to repair his Achilles shortly after suffering the injury. Now a member of the Brooklyn Nets, he has a long rehab ahead of him before he can get back on a basketball court.

“I quickly found out it was not a fun rehab,” Tuivailala told Faraudo.

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Tuivailala, a San Mateo native, missed 11 months after rupturing his Achilles last August 8 in Texas. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old made his return to a big league mound against the A's. He pitched one inning and allowed three hits and two earned runs.