Shaun Livingston wants Golden State Warriors to wrap up the NBA Championship in style by completing a 4-0 series whitewash over Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Warriors currently hold a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series and they can claim their third NBA title in four years by winning Game Four at the Quicken Loans Arena on Friday.
Most of the Golden State hierarchy have claimed it is all about winning the title, even if they are eventually taken the distance by Cleveland, but point guard Livingston has different ideas and wants to whitewash the Cavs by clinching the first 4-0 success in the NBA Finals since 2007.
“I want a sweep,” Livingston told the New York Post. “I’ll put that on record. Going against the grain that it’s already over, that’s kind of the thinking behind it. I want that. I want to win [Friday] because it’s an opportunity to do something we haven’t done.”
A clean sweep against Cleveland would be the perfect way for Golden State to conclude a tough season. They ended the regular campaign second in the Western Conference standings to Houston Rockets and had to come from 3-2 down against the same opposition to reach the NBA Finals.
Shooting guard Klay Thompson believes winning the championship would be vindication for the hard work the Warriors have put in to keep their season alive. “We know what’s at stake.
We don’t want to leave it up to chance and go back to Oakland,” Thompson said.
“We have a golden opportunity here to get a 4-0 sweep… we have never done it in the Finals. It would be a nice cap to the up-and-down year we had.”
Steve Kerr’s side are priced at 1.53 to wrap up the series in Ohio on Friday while Cleveland are available at 2.60.