After three historical seasons in a row, it is safe to say that there is nothing this team cannot do. The Golden State Warriors won their first title in 2015, set the best season record in 2016, 73-9, and won another title in June 2017, against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Warriors success comes from nothing more than their confidence in one another. No one could predict that a team built from the ground up would have so much success in such little amount of time. As of now, four out of five starters on the team are simply men on a mission when they step onto the court. Every night, they have a unified mind to humiliate their opponent and put fear in their eyes.
This fantastic four, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green led the Golden State Warriors to an outstanding 4-1 series victory against the Cavaliers superstars, Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love.
As the championship series approached slowly, due to Cleveland losing their first playoff game in the Eastern-Conference Finals against the tough skills of the Boston Celtics.
Green made it clear in the finals rematch he wanted to annihilate the Cavaliers. He proved that point comfortably when it was all said and done.
With Curry leading the way for the Golden State Warriors, his team struggled in the NBA playoffs. As the Warriors slowly perfected their craft, they gave Curry more help. The team acquired Thompson in the 2011 NBA draft, and in 2012, Green, who was the Big Ten Player of The Year. After failing in the 2012 playoffs, the Warriors decided to add another piece to their puzzle.
Andre Iguodala seemed to be the answer to the Warriors prayers as the last big piece of the puzzle no one thought he would be. The 11-time All-Star helped the Golden State Warriors reach the NBA Finals for the first time, in 2015. According to USA Today, he is the first Finals MVP to not start in one regular season game the entire year. That alone shows how dedicated this team was to make sacrifices in order to achieve their goal. This Warriors squad took pride in their team work and showed it night in and night out.
After returning to the NBA Finals in 2016, the Golden State Warriors fell short to James and the Cleveland Cavaliers blowing a 3-1 series lead. Later in the summer of 2016, the Warriors acquired superstar Durant in the off-season, after beating him in the Western Conference Finals that same year.
The Durant move put Golden State on the map as the best team in the NBA. After he fell short to James in the finals of 2012, he sought revenge with the Warriors and was in a perfect position to do so. As the team started the 2016-17 season, all suspected nothing but excellence from this squad.
Golden State was able to cruise through their 2017 playoff journey dominating each opponent they faced. They easily returned to the NBA Finals to face the Cavaliers for a final rematch, but this time it would be different. The Warriors stole the crown in an impressive 7-game series that ended in five games. Durant received MVP of the finals and his first NBA championship.
there is unfinished business between these two teams as everyone is looking forward to a great 2017-18 season.
Written by A. Jonathan Seabrook
Edited by Cathy Milne
USA Today: Warriors Come From Different Places But End Up as Champions
The New York Times: The Golden State Warriors Are Simply Too Great
The New York Times: What We Learned About the Warriors in Game 1 of the N.B.A. Final
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