The Dubs just recently secured their second consecutive playoff berth. During the previous season, Golden State made it to the second round, and it manages to stay alive for six games before the San Antonio Spurs got the ticket to the next round.
During the summer that followed, it was made clear by the Warriors’ front office that the team would have to take a step forward and reach the top level. Former All-Star forward Andre Iguodala was brought aboard to help the Dubs make it to the top. The Warriors even got into the Dwight Howard chase, showing that they are talking seriously about championship contention.
Although Howard wasn’t acquired, the Dubs made several mid-season moves to further strengthen their position and increase their chances to follow a championship course. Firstly with additions of Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks and then with Steve Blake, the Warriors tried to fill all their holes, and up to a level, they achieved exactly that. However, there is no doubt that at least if I had to judge from the current way the Warriors are playing, they still have a long way to go before they reach the level of the elites of the conference.In fact, considering that the Warriors will finish the regular season at the sixth or seventh spot, it will be very difficult for them to make it past the first round. The Splash Brothers are playing terrifically this season for sure and the supporting cast is providing the much needed help. Even guys like Jermaine O’Neal and Marreese Speights had their moments. However, it will be a miracle for the Dubs to eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder or the Los Angeles Clippers, one of which will be their first round matchup.
Due to their struggles early in the season, the Warriors haven’t managed to make it to seed in the Western Conference, which would have allowed them to hold the home court advantage or even face a relatively weak opponent in the first round.
I firmly believe that no one should underestimate the Warriors this year. While they are relatively considered underdogs in the championship race, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson have proven that they can sting like an angry duo of bees when they find the pace. The two big questions heading forward is if the Splash Brothers will manage to play big for the entire playoff series and if David Lee will be in a position to play.
Joe Lacob was right when he talked about failure this year if the Dubs don’t make it to the top. That’s exactly how everyone around the Warriors franchise should think. However, realistically speaking, Golden State stands a few chances to win the trophy this year.
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BY: Chris M.