The Golden State Warriors have just made it into yet another NBA Finals series. They were able to knock out the Dallas Mavericks in five games to become the Western Conference champions. This journey back to the top wasn’t easy in the slightest though. In fact, some thought that we wouldn’t see the Warriors back here for a long, long time.
Back in 2019, Kevin Durant left in free agency to join the Brooklyn Nets. Along with that massive loss, Klay Thompson suffered a season ending injury. When Thompson neared a return, he suffered another season ending injury to keep him out for a second year. Steph Curry also saw himself get injured before being held out the majority of the season as well. With all of this happening, the Warriors had the worst record in the NBA. Fast forward a few years and look where they are now.
How The Warriors Got This Done
First of all, it is incredibly clear that this core of players is the reason for their success. Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green have been the consistent factor for Golden State over the last decade now. Even though they are older than they were in the past, their effectiveness and efficiency doesn’t dip whatsoever. I mean, just look at Thompsons 32-point night in Game 5 to punch their ticket to the Finals.
It’s really hard to ignore the depth that Golden State has acquired over the years as well. Obviously, the big three is what got them here, but their role players stepped up big time. Andrew Wiggins is one of the most notable. From postering Luka Doncic to getting timely buckets, his impact has been felt all postseason. Jordan Poole and his ridiculous scoring touch has been desperately needed off the bench also. Overall, this is a roster that had championship aspirations when they first got into the playoffs. It’s not surprising to see them march all the way up to this point.
As it stands right now, Golden State is set to line up against either the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics. The Celtics currently hold onto a 3-2 series lead with Game 6 set to be played tonight. We could see Boston lock up their spot as Eastern Conference champions and set a date with the Warriors. Or the Heat could force a Game 7 and keep their season alive for a few more days with the hopes of making the Finals themselves.
Which of those teams would you rather go up against the Warriors in this upcoming series? Should Golden State be overwhelming favorites or can either Boston or Miami take them down?
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