The Golden State Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals on Monday night after completing a third consecutive sweep in this year’s playoffs with a 129-115 win over the Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. With the win, Golden State will make a third straight trip to the Finals, having won in 2015 and lost in 2016.
In both of those series, the Warriors faced the Cavs, and with Cleveland holding a 2-1 lead on Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals, the expectation is that we will get the first ever NBA Finals trilogy. The Cavs have been almost equally as dominant as Golden State in these playoffs, with the exception of a Game 3 slip-up against the Celtics, ruining their otherwise perfect postseason record. We could know as early as Thursday if the Cavs-Warriors grudge match will be happening, and Warriors owner Joe Lacob is hoping for it.
While the Celtics, now without Isaiah Thomas, would provide an easier path to a second championship for Golden State, Lacob — of “light years ahead” fame — wants his team to face the Cavs because he wants revenge for last year.