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Warriors at Spurs final score: Golden State wins 129-115 to advance to third consecutive NBA Finals

I’m going to say it: I’m just happy to be here.

Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

With their sweep of the San Antonio Spurs in the 2017 Western Conference Finals, the Golden State Warriors have become just the seventh franchise in NBA history to make the NBA Finals in three consecutive seasons.

And as much as last year’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers still stings, just making it a third consecutive time is an accomplishment worth celebrating.

So, yes, I’m just happy that the Warriors have gotten to this point for a third consecutive time — this is beyond anything I ever imagined for this franchise back when just winning 20 games was a struggle.

If you’re skeptical of just how impressive a feat this is, take a look at the 14 teams that have done it and who was leading them.

All-time NBA Finals appearance streaks

Streak Team NBA Finals appearance streak NBA championships won during streak
Streak Team NBA Finals appearance streak NBA championships won during streak
10 seasons Boston Celtics 1957–1966 9 (1957, 1959–1966)
4 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 1982–1985 2 (1982, 1985)
4 seasons Boston Celtics 1984–1987 2 (1984, 1986)
4 seasons Miami Heat 2011–2014 2 (2012, 2013)
3 seasons New York Knicks 1951–1953
3 seasons Minneapolis Lakers 1952–1954 3 (1952–1954)
3 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 1968–1970
3 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 1987–1989 2 (1987, 1988)
3 seasons Detroit Pistons 1988–1990 2 (1989, 1990)
3 seasons Chicago Bulls 1991–1993 3 (1991–1993)
3 seasons Chicago Bulls 1996–1998 3 (1996–1998)
3 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 2000–2002 3 (2000–2002)
3 seasons Los Angeles Lakers 2008–2010 2 (2009, 2010)
3 seasons Golden State Warriors 2015-2017 ??
NBA teams that have made at least three consecutive NBA Finals appearances (previous years’ date retrieved from Wikipedia).

This puts the Golden State Warriors — who were once just hoping you’d have A Great Time Out — in the same territory as some of the league’s greatest dynasties. It puts Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson in the same conversation as Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and yeah that LeBron James guy. Those are top 50 Hall of Fame-caliber players -- you don’t make three straight Finals without having really special elite talent and multiple top 50 talents.

I know there are people who will completely disagree with this, but win or lose in the 2017 NBA Finals, we need to take a moment just appreciate what we have — most basketball fans have never experienced something like this and will never have the privilege to do so. And if for some reason you can’t at least take the next few days before the Finals to just appreciate that, it might be time to search for another sport or another team because I’m just not really sure what more you can expect form this one.

And, oh yeah by the way, if LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers make it to the Finals as expected, it will be the first time ever that the same two teams have made three straight Finals.

Special times, folks. Enjoy yourselves.

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