Sweeping The Cavaliers Would Cost The Warriors More Than $22 Million

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May 14, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

May 14, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In the NBA, it's all about the winning. No matter what goals the team may have set, winning the ultimate prize is always on the top of their wish list.

But earning money and revenue is always something team organizations seek as well. The more games a team plays, and the more exciting they are, the more money they make.

So when you talk about the Warriors' chances of sweeping the Cavaliers in these NBA Finals, you're talking about leaving a lot of money on the table.

In fact, ESPN calculated that a sweep of the Cavaliers would cost the Warriors about 22 million dollars. A game 5 in Oracle alone would cost upwards of about $12 million, which is the same as Steph Curry's salary for the 2016-17 season.

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Because the Warriors have home court advantage, imagine how much money a game 7 would bring in.

Yes, of course the Warriors want to win the Championship as soon as possible. But finishing off the Cavs' in 4-5 games rather than 6-7 would cost the Warriors a ton of money.

Is losing out on 22 million dollars worth a 4 game series? Well, if you ask the Warriors, it's worth more than all the money in the world.