The Warriors completed a sweep of the Jazz on Monday with an easy 121-95 win, led by Stephen Curry’s 30 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four 3-pointers, as well as a triple-double from Draymond Green. That was the third career playoff triple-double for Green, who finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and three 3-pointers. Klay Thompson had a big fourth quarter and finished with 21 points, two steals and just one 3-pointer on 9-of-16 shooting, while Kevin Durant added 18 points, six boards, five assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes. JaVale McGee was a factor despite limited minutes, knocking down 5-of-6 shots for 12 points and three rebounds in just 11 minutes. The Warriors and the Cavaliers are now a combined 16-0 in the playoffs this season and appear to be on a collision course in the Finals. The Warriors will now await the winner of the Spurs-Rockets series.
The Jazz just didn’t have the firepower to hang with the Warriors, especially with George Hill missing the last three games with a toe injury. He’ll have plenty of time to heal up over the summer. Rodney Hood left Game 4 with a right knee sprain and finished with just two points in 14 minutes. Hood was banged up all season and his right knee was usually his main problem. It will be interesting to see what the plan is for Hood this summer and I’m guessing some kind of surgery might be on the table. Gordon Hayward led the way with 25 points, five boards, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers on 8-of-21 shooting. Hayward has a big decision in front of him as he can opt out of his contract with a player option and become an unrestricted free agent. His decision is crucial to the Jazz and if he leaves, they may not be a playoff team next year unless they make a big move or two. Shelvin Mack filled in admirably for Hill and had 18 points, five boards, two assists and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes, Rudy Gobert added 12 points, 13 rebounds and a block, while Dante Exum added 15 points, three boards, two assists and a 3-pointer in 29 minutes off the bench. In addition to Hayward’s contract, Hill is an unrestricted free agent and Joe Ingles is a restricted free agent, meaning the Jazz can match any off he receives this summer. Exum looked good last night and should be the point guard of the future for this team, while Rudy Gobert will head off to vacation after a monster season. Old man Derrick Favors played just 12 minutes for six points, three rebounds and a block, as his nightmare of a season is mercifully over. Hopefully he can get healthy over the summer and get back on track.
There’s only one game on Tuesday, but it’s a big one, with the Rockets visiting the Spurs with the series tied at 2-2. This one really feels like it’s going to go seven games, but if the 3-pointers are falling for the Rockets, they should be able to close out the Spurs.
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Blazer Allen Crabbe will have foot surgery this offseason, but should be ready for the start of next season.
Kings forward Rudy Gay is reportedly planning to opt out of his contract with the Kings and become an unrestricted free agent. If he weren’t opting out, I’d be shocked.
Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley is hoping to practice through his hip pointer on Tuesday and then play on Wednesday. He’s a key to what the Celtics do on both ends of the court, so they need him out there. I’m guessing he’s going to play in Game 5 against the Wizards.
Nene is out for the rest of the playoffs for the Rockets with an adductor tear so look for Ryan Anderson to move to the bench tonight, and for Eric Gordon to start. That would move Trevor Ariza to the starting power forward slot. All of those guys shoot 3-pointers, which is about all you need to know about the Rockets game plan against the Spurs (and anyone else). Patrick Beverley didn’t practice on Monday after the death of his grandfather, but is expected to play tonight.