Warriors Take Big Step Forward

Golden State Warriors

For the past four NBA seasons, the Golden State Warriors have been one of the most dominant and successful teams in NBA history. Some of their successes have included winning two NBA titles and winning a NBA-record 73 regular season games just a few years ago. Over this time, the Warriors have been led by a variety of future Hall of Fame players including Kevin Durant and Steph Curry.

While the 2017-18 NBA season was still a good one for the Warriors, they clearly took a step back. For the first time in several season, the Warriors did not win the Western Conference regular season title, which this year was won by the Houston Rockets. The Warriors ended up finishing second in the conference and drew the number two overall seed, which had them match up with the San Antonio Spurs. Through the first two games of the playoffs the Warriors have a comfortable 2-0 lead on the Spurs and look ready to win as the series moves from Oakland to San Antonio (https://www.sbnation.com/2018/4/16/17244826/warriors-spurs-2018-time-tv-...).

For the first time in several weeks, the Warriors looked like the team that was so dominant over the past few years. The Warriors ended up winning by a score of 116-97 and were led by Durant and Klay Thompson. While the Spurs have historically been a big challenge for the Warriors, they are dealing with some injuries this year. Through the past few months of the season, the Spurs have had to deal with a major injury to Kawhi Leonard, which gave the team a decided disadvantage against the Warriors who are a much deeper team.

While the Spurs have been down a great player, the Warriors have struggled with injuries as well. Star point guard and team leader Steph Curry has been out for the past few weeks and likely will not play this series. The team is hopeful that they will be able to win a quick series against the Spurs and Curry will be able to join the team in the next round. The Warriors will continue to be faced with some top competition during the playoffs. Ultimately, it looks like they will match up with James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, the winner of which will be the favorite to win the NBA title.


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