2017–18 Golden State Warriors season
The 2017–18 Golden State Warriors season was the 72nd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 56th in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Warriors entered the season as the defending NBA champions and repeated, sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers 4–0 in the Finals. It was the first time in NBA history and in North America's four major professional sports leagues that two teams had met to compete for a Championship for a fourth consecutive year. It was the Warriors' third championship in four years, and sixth overall. Golden State won the Pacific Division title and Western Conference Championship for the fourth consecutive season. In the playoffs, the Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the First Round 4–1 and the New Orleans Pelicans 4–1 in the Semifinals. They beat the top-seeded Houston Rockets 4–3 in the Western Conference Finals.
|2017–18 Golden State Warriors season|
|Head coach||Steve Kerr|
|General manager||Bob Myers|
|Place||Division: 1st (Pacific)|
Conference: 2nd (Western)
|Playoff finish||NBA Champions|
(Defeated Cavaliers 4–0)
|Television||NBC Sports Bay Area|
|Radio||95.7 The Game|
The Warriors finished second in the Western Conference with a record of 58–24, their fifth most wins in franchise history. Golden State set the NBA record of 16 consecutive home wins in the playoffs, surpassing the 1990–91 Chicago Bulls. Stephen Curry set the NBA record for three-pointers made in an NBA Finals game with nine. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson were all named to the All-Star Game, the first time in NBA history that a team has had four All-Stars in consecutive seasons, and just the ninth time in NBA history a single team has had four players in the game. Curry was named captain, being the leading vote getter from the Western Conference. The Warriors ended the regular season with a slew of injuries to all four of their All-Stars, including an MCL sprain for Curry that kept him out for six weeks, and lost ten of their last seventeen games. For the first time since the 2013–14 season, they did not clinch first place for home-court advantage for the playoffs and failed to win 60 games for the first time under Steve Kerr. This season marked David West's final season in the NBA. He retired on August 30, 2018; having won two NBA championships with the Warriors.
The 2017 NBA draft was held on June 22, 2017, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Warriors didn't have a pick, but acquired the Chicago Bulls 38th pick in the second round for cash. They chose power forward Jordan Bell out of Oregon. After the draft, the team signed Bell's former Oregon teammate, Chris Boucher, to a two-way contract.
On July 1, 2017, Stephen Curry agreed to re-sign with Golden State on a super-max five year/$201m deal. The Warriors also resigned Kevin Durant, and their veteran core of Shaun Livingston, David West, Andre Iguodala, Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee. Golden State also added Nick Young and Omri Casspi on one-year deals.
- As of June 8, 2018
- Most three-pointers made in a Finals game: 9 (Stephen Curry, Game 2 of 2018 NBA Finals)
- Most consecutive playoff games with a made three-pointer: 90 - ongoing streak (Stephen Curry, has made a three-pointer in every playoff game he's played in)
- Most three-pointers made in a four-game Finals series: 22 (Stephen Curry, previous record was 11 (jointly held by Robert Horry and Anfernee Hardaway)
- Most consecutive playoff games with a made three-pointer at home: 46 - ongoing streak (Stephen Curry)
- Most consecutive playoff games with a made three-pointer on the road: 44 - ongoing streak (Stephen Curry)
- Most three-pointers made in a quarter in the Finals game: 5 (Stephen Curry, Game 2 of 2018 NBA Finals. Tied with Kenny Smith.)
- Most points scored by a player in a Western Conference Finals series: 213 (Kevin Durant, previous record of 212 points jointly held by Hakeem Olajuwon (1995) and Shaquille O'Neal (2002))
- Ten or more three-pointers made in a game: 9 times (Stephen Curry). Klay Thompson (4 times) and J. R. Smith (3 times) are the only other players in NBA history with more than one game with ten made threes.
- Largest average point differential in a Finals series: +15.00 PPG (vs Cavs)
- Highest postseason winning percentage over a four-year-span: 63–20 (.795) from 2015–18, the Chicago Bulls are second with 51–17 (.750) from 1991-94.
- Most consecutive playoff home wins: 16 (surpassing the 1990–91 Chicago Bulls record of 15. The Warriors record dates back to 2017, where they went 9–0 at home)
- Most consecutive playoff series with a road win: 19 (tied with the Miami Heat)
- Half-time comebacks: First team in NBA history to come back from 20+ point deficits at half-time twice in the same season (22 against the Philadelphia 76ers and 20 against the New Orleans Pelicans)
- Largest comeback by a road team at halftime in a Game 7 in the playoffs: 11 points down (vs. the Rockets, won 101–92)
- First team in NBA history to win multiple elimination games in the same series despite trailing by 10-or-more at halftime: Western Conference Finals vs Rockets
- Highest +/- scoring differential in the 3rd quarter during the playoffs: Outscored opponents in the 3rd quarter by 153 points
- Most triple-doubles in franchise history: 22 (Draymond Green, he broke Tom Gola's record of 20)
- Most three-pointers made in the playoffs: 378 (Stephen Curry, Ray Allen holds the NBA record with 385)
- First Warriors player to average a triple-double in a playoff series: Draymond Green (14.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 10 assists) vs the Pelicans, only the 13th time in NBA history a player has averaged a triple double in a series
- Most triple-doubles in the post-season: 4 (Draymond Green, surpassed Tom Gola's record of 3)
- Most consecutive regular season games with a made three-pointer: 95 (Klay Thompson, third best in NBA history behind Stephen Curry (157) and Kyle Korver (127)
- Most playoff games played: 102 (Klay Thompson)
- Most consecutive road wins: 14 (tied, also achieved in the 2015–16 season)
- Largest winning margin in the playoffs: 41 points (126–85, Game 3 against the Rockets)
- Fewest points allowed in a half in the playoffs: 25 points (Second half, Game 6 against the Rockets)
- Fewest points allowed in a quarter in the playoffs: 9 points (Fourth Quarter, Game 6 against the Rockets)
- Most consecutive Western Conference Finals appearances: 4 (only the second team in NBA history to reach the Finals four times in a row. The Los Angeles Lakers appeared eight times in a row between 1982–89)
- Road trip sweep: Six games (first Warriors team to sweep a six game road trip, only the 11th team in NBA history to do so)
- Most points scored in the first half of a playoff game: 76 (against the Pelicans)
- Most consecutive trips to the NBA Finals: 4 (The Warriors are the fifth franchise in NBA history to reach the Finals in four-straight seasons, joining the Boston Celtics (10, 1957-1966; 4, 1984–87), Cleveland Cavaliers (4, 2015–18), Los Angeles Lakers (4, 1982-1985) and Miami Heat (4, 2011-2014))
|2017–18 Golden State Warriors roster|
|y – Golden State Warriors||58||24||.707||0.0||29–12||29–12||13–3||82|
|Los Angeles Clippers||42||40||.512||16.0||22–19||20–21||12–4||82|
|Los Angeles Lakers||35||47||.427||23.0||20–21||15–26||6–10||82|
|1||z – Houston Rockets *||65||17||.793||–||82|
|2||y – Golden State Warriors *||58||24||.707||7.0||82|
|3||y – Portland Trail Blazers *||49||33||.598||16.0||82|
|4||x – Oklahoma City Thunder||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|5||x – Utah Jazz||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|6||x – New Orleans Pelicans||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|7||x – San Antonio Spurs||47||35||.573||18.0||82|
|8||x – Minnesota Timberwolves||47||35||.573||18.0||82|
|10||Los Angeles Clippers||42||40||.512||23.0||82|
|11||Los Angeles Lakers||35||47||.427||30.0||82|
|2017 pre-season game log|
Total: 2–2 (Home: 1–2; Road: 1–0)
Pre-season: 2–2 (Home: 1–2; Road: 1–0)
|2017–18 season schedule|
|2018 playoff game log|
Total: 16–5 (Home: 10–1; Road: 6–4)
First Round: 4–1 (Home: 3–0; Road: 1–1)
Conference Semifinals: 4–1 (Home: 3–0; Road: 1–1)
Conference Finals: 4–3 (Home: 2–1; Road: 2–2)
NBA Finals: 4–0 (Home: 2–0; Road: 2–0)
|2018 playoff schedule|
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|June 22, 2017
||To Golden State Warriors
Draft rights to Jordan Bell
|To Chicago Bulls|
|Stephen Curry||5-year contract worth $201 million|
|Shaun Livingston||3-year contract worth $24 million|
|David West||1-year contract worth $2.3 million|
|Andre Iguodala||3-year contract worth $48 million|
|Kevin Durant||2-year contract worth $53 million|
|Zaza Pachulia||1-year contract worth $3.5 million|
|JaVale McGee||1-year contract worth $2.1 million|
|Nick Young||1-year contract worth $5.2 million||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Omri Casspi||1-year contract worth $2.1 million||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Chris Boucher||Two-way contract||Oregon Ducks|
|Quinn Cook||Two-way contract||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Player||Reason left||New team|
|Ian Clark||1-year contract worth $1.6 million||New Orleans Pelicans|
|James Michael McAdoo||Two-way contract||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Kevin Durant||Western Conference Player of the Week||December 11, 2017|||
|Steve Kerr||Western Conference Coach of the Month (December)||January 3, 2018|||
|Stephen Curry||Western Conference Player of the Week||January 8, 2018|||
|Stephen Curry||Western Conference Player of the Week||January 29, 2018|||
|Stephen Curry||Western Conference Player of the Month (January)||February 1, 2018|||
|Kevin Durant||Finals Most Valuable Player||June 8, 2018|||
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- Kevin Durant Named Western Conference Player of the Week
- Steve Kerr Named Western Conference Coach of the Month
- Stephen Curry Named Western Conference Player of the Week
- Stephen Curry Named Western Conference Player of the Week
- Stephen Curry Named Kia Western Conference Player of the Month
- Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant claims second Finals MVP