The Warriors finished the job on Monday, sweeping a depleted Spurs team to finish 12-0 through the first three rounds of the playoffs, winning the Western Conference in the process as virtually everyone expected.
Here are three things you may have missed as the Warriors beat the Spurs in Game 4 to advance to the NBA Finals:
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Gregg popovich conceded the game in the first quarter
Bryn Forbes is a rookie two-guard for the Spurs who averaged 2.6 points in 7.9 minutes per game in 36 regular season appearances, but in Monday's elimination game, Gregg Popovich inserted him into the lineup in the first quarter and essentially conceded the game and the series.
Yes, the Spurs entered Game 4 with an extremely depleted roster, and obviously, their chances were very slim of beating the Warriors with the talent available, but by playing Forbes early and often, Pop essentially decided that his team was finished and that it was time to begin developing his young talent for the future.
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There's something wrong with Klay Thompson
When your team goes undefeated through the playoffs to advance to the NBA Finals, it's easy to ignore the fact that one of the key members of your starting lineup has struggled. Klay Thompson is that dude for the Warriors, after finishing Game 4 with seven points on 3-of-13 shooting and knocking down just 32.7 percent of his shots against the Spurs during the Warriors' four-game sweep.
Plenty of Thompson's shots were easy or open looks in Game 4, and he missed the majority of them. He'll need to get right before a likely matchup with the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals in order for the Warriors to take their best shot.
The Warriors continued to make history
As the Warriors completed their inevitable march to the Finals by completing their four-game sweep of the Spurs, it's easy to forget that Golden State continued to make history along the way.
The Warriors became the first team in NBA history to open the playoffs with a 12-0 start, and Stephen Curry passed Kobe Bryant for fifth place on the NBA's all-time playoff 3-pointers list.
This Golden State team is historically great, and their accomplishments deserve to be formally recognized along the way.