Lawrence Predicts Gentleman's Sweep For Warriors

Mitch Lawrence believes the Warriors, even without Kevin Durant, will make short work of the Trail Blazers in the conference finals

May 14, 2019 - 8:18 am
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It remains to be seen where Kevin Durant will play basketball next season, but NBA Radio and Forbes NBA writer Mitch Lawrence believes Golden State is a safe bet.

“If you’re Kevin Durant, do you want to leave Golden State after what you saw them pull off against Boston at the end of Game 5 and in Game 6 without you?” Lawrence asked on Ferrall on the Bench. “If you want to leave that, go ahead. But you can’t tell me that coming to New York, even with Kyrie Irving, is going to be a better situation than in Golden State in terms of winning basketball games.”

Indeed, Durant and Irving could reportedly join forces with the Knicks. But if Durant stays in Golden State, Irving may need to rethink his options.

“Kyrie, he had such a bad series (against Milwaukee),” Lawrence said. “He was a bad leader all year. I’m sure people in Boston basically look at him as being public enemy No. 1. He can’t be a No. 1 option on a championship team. He can be a No. 2. He’s shown that with LeBron. He can’t be your No 1. I don’t know if he quit. He was just awful. He’s one of the best finishers in the game, but he played an awful series against Milwaukee.”

The Warriors, meanwhile, are seeking their fifth consecutive NBA Finals appearance. If they get there, it may be without Durant.

“I think he’s definitely out for the first two games,” Lawrence said. “Who knows when he’s going to be back? They might take care of Portland in five games without him and then maybe we’ll see him in the Finals.”

The Trail Blazers are back in the conference finals for the first time since 2000, this after beating the Thunder and Nuggets in five and seven games, respectively. Still, Lawrence doesn’t expect a competitive series.

“I’d love to see Portland do more,” he said. “I’d love to see Portland get them to six games. I think Golden State, they know the way they’re playing, the way they’re focused, the way they know they have to do things without Durant – I think they’re ready to take this team.”

Click below to listen to Lawrence’s interview in its entirety.