Last season, the Warriors set the best ever regular-season record (73-9), breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' record of 72-10. IN (41-40) has won four straight games but still could need a fifth straight victory to ensure its ticket to the postseason. And I wouldn't buy. Kyrie Irving sat out the final few games of the season, but it was his admission that his surgically repaired knee was bothing him a lot lately that is most concerning. Every time the Warriors played an elite point guard past year in the playoffs, Steph would be switched off for the more defensively stout player in Klay Thompson. Or is it some other team? Steph Curry has looked much more like the Curry of old this past month. They popped off a 13-game win streak that surprised even the highest profile sports media personnel. Houston plays the Thunder, and the Clippers battle Utah.
The biggest obstacle to the Cavaliers' chances of a repeat National Basketball Association title comes in the formidable shape of the Warriors.
THOMPSON: Are there are other teams?
The payrolls for four teams the Nets, Jazz, Denver Nuggets, and Minnesota Timberwolves fell below the league's salary floor of $84.73 million.
"I think that's one of the biggest things for me". Why are you dismissing the Celtics?
The East's top two seeds will be decided, as will the final two spots in the East, and the West's fourth and fifth seeds. Celtics fans hope a Finals appearances is in their team's future, but the Bulls will provide a tough early challenge before falling in six. The Thunder finished with an average of 46.4 rebounds per game and averaged six more rebounds per game than their opponents. Boland has more than 800 regular-season games in 15 years on his resume, Barnaky more than 400 in parts of eight seasons.
"We know what level we need to play at", George said. And he obliterated them.More news: NBA MVP Race 2017: Breaking Down the Top Candidates
The East is full of teams who are good enough to get to the second round of the playoffs and sniff the conference finals, but none of them are good enough, top to bottom, to beat a Cavaliers team that is both healthy and focused, and if anything will be the downfall of this team, it is the latter. The Clippers are kind of making a last chance effort with their current nucleus of players.
For Houston, Most Valuable Player candidate James Harden will have the ball in his hands so much you would think it was attached with a rubber band.
I could have kept typing, but I thought it would be better if that list ended with the fact that one of the league's best point guards also raps. Westbrook led the league in scoring and is the first player to average a triple double in 55 years.
"You guys can harp on the regular season".
Odds are, they'll be on the court together in the Memphis-San Antonio series. I think they have the best coach in the game and probably the best system in the game.
Are you switching? Are you double-teaming? 4 Washington Wizards vs. According to NBA 2K17, the Warriors will breeze into the NBA Finals, besting the Portland Trailblazers, LA Clippers, and Houston Rockets without much trouble. Players resting, a wildly entertaining MVP race, and the drop of National Basketball Association ratings have left fans waiting for the playoffs. They aren't wearing helmets - right? "It's just being who I am and knowing exactly who that is and being comfortable with who I am, but not giving anyone any room to make me out to be what they want me to be".
That's because each team has at least one player who can swing a series in their favor all by themselves. Plus, you know, you might as well be in the conversation at work the next day.