-March 13, 2018
This should honestly be a no brainer. The Golden State Warriors will be in the NBA Finals once again. Let’s start off looking at the facts. At the end of the day, they have arguably the best shooter of all time at point guard, the only unanimous MVP in NBA history, Stephen Curry. They also have another superstar, in Kevin Durant, whom is one of the best scorers the game has ever seen. He is playing some of the best all around basketball of his career. He stated in an interview that he doesn’t just want to be a 1-way threat, but he would like to make a run at defensive player of the year. Which is really starting to be a real possibility considering the amount of blocks he has totaled thus far. Aside from those 2 studs, they have 2 more All-stars in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Klay Thompson is another spectacular sharp shooter. Some call his play style “3 and D”, because of his excellence on the defensive end as well. But why Klay helps out in the Bay Area so much is because he isn’t an on-ball player. He notched up the most points in a single quarter with 37, those of which were nearly all 3’s, finishing the game in the 50’s scoring. The crazy part, he only dribbled the ball 11 times the ENTIRE game. The power forward position is held down by Draymond Green. Green, is considered by some as the MVP of the team. He is a great leader, he excells on the court, and he’s the defensive player of the year– sorry KD. His scoring numbers aren’t great, but his entire stat line is beautiful, just what they need. He can score, rebound, pass, rack up steals, and block shots into the stands. He brings it all to the table. The rest of the squad brings plenty of toughness, shooting, and experience; talking about veterans Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, David West, etc.
Now, the only team near them in the Western Conference is the Houston Rockets, who are currently the #1 seed in the Conference. With that said, they have also played 3 more games than Golden State. Yes, the Rockets have beaten the Warriors twice this regular season, but that doesn’t matter. The 2 will more than likely meet in the Western Conference Finals, and the Rockets will not be able to matchup with the Warriors man by man. The big 4 in Golden State will be playing 40+ minutes, if needed throughout the series. The Rockets will not be able to stop that. No doubt. Yes, James Harden may be one of the most unguardable players in the league, but he does not have near as much experience as the Warriors roster does when it comes to the playoffs. It’s basic facts. The Warriors just have way too many weapons. Golden State will be winning their 3rd championship in the past 4 seasons this Summer.
Looking at the rest of the Western Conference, the Warriors and Rockets are way ahead of every other team. The 3rd seed Portland Trailblazers, are only 6 games ahead of the 10th Los Angeles Lakers. Yes, that’s how tight the rest of the West is. No one will be sure of who the Warriors or Rockets will be playing in the first 2 rounds of the playoffs, that will just make it easier for them. The warriors have plenty of talent coming off the bench as well. If a couple of their stars are tired at the beginning of the playoffs, then they can rest, because there is a solid chance that a less talented team can slide into a playoff spot due to an easier remaining schedule compared to other teams heading into the post season. The biggest factor though, is injuries. We all know how bad injuries can effect a team. A good example is the leader of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler. He is out and more than likely won’t return until the playoffs start. Who says they will even be a playoff team without him? They are an extremely talented young team, but the youth on that roster has already come into play for them this season. Thankfully, Jimmy has been able to close out games for them, but his lost presence isnt helping Minnisota in any way. There is a great possibility that without his leadership, they could fall out of a playoff spot and allow a less talented team, such as the Lakers, snatch a playoff spot from them. That’s just an easier series for whoever sees them in the first round, possibly the Warriors. There’s about a 50/50 chance of the Warriors clinching the 1 seed as the regular season comes to an end, and that may just come into play for them.
The Golden State Warriors will without a doubt win the Western Conference Finals, once again finding themselves in the NBA Finals against a weaker Eastern Conference opponent.