The Warriors will be facing the Utah Jazz on Monday night in Game 4 of their Western Conference Semifinals in the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs, looking to complete a sweep and remain undefeated in the postseason.
The defending Western Conference champions have won both their series in four games and will face either San Antonio or Houston in the best-of-seven West finals.
A day after the Cleveland Cavaliers closed out a dominant sweep of the Toronto Raptors, the Warriors followed suit in Salt Lake City to reach the Western Conference Finals.
Interim head coach Mike Brown said before the game he hoped his team would get out to a fast start and the Warriors did exactly that.
The Warriors are 8-0 in the playoffs, just the same as Cleveland, and they have done this largely without coach Steve Kerr, who left the team six games ago and likely will be out for longer.
Hayward finished the season averaging a career-high 21.9 points to go with 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
The Jazz were led by forward, Gordon Hayward who scored 25 points.
Stephen Curry went off for 42 points to make Green's 11-point, 12-rebound, 13-assist night the secondary story in a blowout of the Wizards, though it came amid a scorching stretch for Golden State.
In the playoffs, Green is averaging 14.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. Curry and Andre Iguodala combined for back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Warriors up 93-79 heading into the fourth.
The Warriors feature the past two MVP winners in Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, the defensive player of the year favorite in Draymond Green, and one of the best shooters in National Basketball Association history in Klay Thompson. Green commented on it post-game, highlighting how the Warriors "imposed their will" on the game.
"We try to move the ball, use each other to create open shots and when we do that, the ball is hopping and a lot of good things happen". With everybody out, the next man steps up.
"We don't take ourselves that seriously", Durant said afterward. Obviously still disappointing to lose and be done.
The good news here is that Hayward and Gobert are still years away from their primes. The Warriors held the Blazers to 29.6-percent shooting in the opening quarter of Game 4, and held the Jazz to 24 percent Monday night.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder said Golden State's combination of length and quickness makes things hard. Jazz guard George Hill missed his second consecutive game with a toe injury Saturday. "So, I give it an A with guys that fought out there all season". Turner Broadcasting System's cable and satellite television channel TNT will be carrying the live TV coverage, and viewers can watch Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz live stream free online on tntdrama.com.
Jazz fans sent their stars off with a huge ovation as they were taken out - there were "Gor-Don Hay-Ward" chants after he was taken out, just to show how much they love him in Utah (consider it an attempted Celtics vaccine). You can't really pick on him.