Golden State Warriors on the brink of history

  • Golden State Warriors on the brink of history

Golden State Warriors on the brink of history

It's illogical to suggest those teams were really better than anyone today. The first two games at home saw the Warriors skip away easily as Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant led the charge, despite Klay Thompson going quiet.

Now one game away from this year's National Basketball Association title, the Golden State Warriors can contemplate some potential history. They are 15-0 and will trying to finish the NBA's first flawless postseason with a victory over Cleveland on Friday in Game 4.

One more victory and they clinch their second title in three years.

It was a stunning display of offensive pyrotechnics that dovetailed with the Cavaliers' late-game collapse, a disheartening result that nearly felt unfair, unjust and undeserved. Golden State's only competition is with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and the Bulls, and other great teams from the past.

That's the difference between the two teams. "I think Kyrie and LeBron played the entire second half - maybe they got a few seconds rest - and that's a hard thing to do", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game. "I've played against some great teams, but I don't think no team has had this type of firepower".

"If we bring our A game and play smart enough, we'll do it".

A poor Game 1 by the Cavs was followed by a very solid Game 2 and a stellar Game 3.

The way they were built - a 73-win team signing a megastar in Durant - has been much debated. "We've got one more to go".

"We'll see what happens", James said. "It doesn't matter until we get that 16th one. But now that we're in this situation, why not take care of business and finish the job?"

But except for an exaggerated yawn before taking the first question, James was upbeat, satisfied that he has done everything within his power to slow the Warriors, who have toyed with the field for weeks.

By contrast, when James left the Cavs for the Heat in 2010 and was joined by Chris Bosh arriving from Toronto, Miami was coming off a 47-win regular season, a first-round playoff loss and didn't have many pieces in place other than superstar Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem. It's left the league essentially with two super powers in the Warriors and Cavs and has fans around the league resigned to the fact that a title shot isn't realistic (which is basically what Warriors fans felt for two decades before this run). "This has been the best team in our league the last three years".

That's mostly because of Durant, the former NBA MVP who signed with the Warriors in July. He has also taken pressure off of Stephen Curry, who struggled in the first two Finals series against Cleveland but has been brilliant this time around. Klay Thompson's 30 points to Love's nine (not to mention Thompson becoming Richard Sherman with his perimeter defense) and Green's filling in the blanks to Tristan Thompson shooting blanks. "Stay in front of them". They have a core of four All-NBA players in their prime and a fairly simple path to keeping them together.

And James has once again been criticized for not being more aggressive late in Game 3, when he made a pass to Kyle Korver.

Despite their obvious greatness, it seems like every team who ever played would beat them. "They have their youth, they have their health".

It concerns me though, that if they go into the final quarter with any sort of lead, this could blow out.