Golden State Warriors (GSW).. what else can you say about them.
They showed the critics, fans, opponents, legends and the world that it was no fluke that they won the Finals in 2015 against Cleveland Cavaliers. Whether the Cavs had a full team or not, they have been the center of attention this season by beating the Chicago Bulls (95-96) record of 72 W and 10 L. How?! STOP IT. ACTUALLY DON’T STOP!!
Not only they beat the Bulls winning record, they have also smashed some crazy statistics making new records of their own. (Speak. We’re listening)
The amount of pressure having to win night in and night out, back to back games, on the road, players injured, no head coach for the first quarter of the season….Just WOW! Glad that they beat the record on the last regular season game against the Grizzlies. Imagine if they tied the record… Next day’s main sport headline – “GSW tied the 95-96 Bulls record. They are not better than the Bulls after all.” Knowing that if they lose 1 game after the hot start all the negativity will come at them. Being the best comes with harsh critics. Any mistakes they make, whether small or large, you will hear it. I was really surprised after losing each game (Total of 9) they came back better, faster and stronger (Thanks Kanye… you da real MVP). No doubts crept in especially when they lost the 2 ‘easy win’ home games in the last stretch.
I just don’t know how they will be stopped in the playoffs…. seriously. Their ball movements and set plays are just unstoppable. All players from the starters to the bench are all respected on the offensive side. Curry just won’t stop knocking down 3s (especially in clutch moments), Thompson just a flat out shooter, Green point forward that can shoot and make plays, Barnes a high flyer and streaky shooter, Bogut a big man that can pass, Igoudala – clutch, Livingston a legit guard that can post up against smaller guards, Speights can knock down mid range and now 3s, Ezeli – energy center off the bench and I’m just talking about offense….only. DAYM!
Now for defense – Short and simple – Igoudala, Thompson, Green and Barnes can play lock down defense against any teams’ best offensive player(s). Good luck on trying to score buckets…
The only team that can beat GSW are….. the Spurs (Lose Spurs Lose) however that topic is for another time, another post.
I still genuinely think Coach Mark Jackson paved the way for Steve Kerr. Jackson created all the team chemistry and confidence within the locker room. He did all the hard work however did not get much credit. Yes, he didn’t get along with management and assistant coaches, however he made them to a playoff contender after 2 seasons with the team (40+ wins in the first season and 50+ wins in the second season before getting fired). Rough, but hey it’s business…. Fingers crossed they will keep the same team for the next 5 years or so.. Steph can also get 6+ rings.. you never know!
GSW had one goal, to beat the unbeatable, to repeat, now it’s show time, NBA PLAYOFFS!!!! Go get that ring!! #becomeLegendary