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Warriors Sweep of Blazers Just What Doctor Ordered With Growing List of Injuries Before NBA Finals

PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 20: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 119-117 during overtime in game four of the NBA Western Conference Finals to advance to the 2019 NBA Finals at Moda Center on May 20, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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The Warriors completed the sweep of the Blazers Monday night, advancing to the NBA Finals without Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, and Andre Iguodala.

It is not often that you say a team needed a sweep, but that was just the case here, as Golden State needed the time off for their injured players to heal and for the players who just pushed themselves in their absence to recuperate.

The Warriors are a machine, but even after a while machines need a little time off. Steph Curry played all of the fourth quarter and overtime, and he may have exerted more this year than any other postseason in the past.

The injured Warriors could also use the extra time to get healthier, before making one last push at another Championship. Durant and Iguodala are close to returning and with the time off they can focus on rehabbing without the stress of having to get back in a series.

Rest is a necessity, especially when you could potentially face a Bucks team in the Finals who are deep, healthy and youthful. The Raptors are also a potential opponent, and they too have the health on their side.

The Warriors are beaten and battered heading to the Finals. Now it's time to rest up.