Golden State Warriors: Destined for the NBA Title This Season

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Source: Golden State Warriors via Facebook

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The Golden State Warriors are, and have been for the last few years, the best and most consistent team in the National Basketball Association. Yes, they threw away a commanding lead in last year’s NBA Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but head coach Steve Kerr won’t let that happen again.

At the time of writing, the Warriors have a three-to-nothing lead over the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of this season’s playoffs and they look determined to avenge that embarrassing defeat this time around.

In the offseason, Golden State sent shockwaves across the NBA by signing Kevin Durant – a former regular season MVP winner. Durant, who was drafted into the league with the second overall pick in the 2007 Draft, has been simply sublime at Oracle Arena this year, eclipsing some of his long-standing records throughout an illustrious career.

With Durant now offering additional support to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors can match Cleveland’s “power trio” on offense; and it is hard to see Golden State falling short in the coming months.

While there are a number of solid rivals, Cleveland are still the team to beat. As defending champions, they deserve plenty of respect and the Cavaliers will be quietly confident of notching back-to-back titles if LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love stay healthy.

On their day, Cleveland are capable of blowing teams out of the water and their 4-0 whitewash of the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs sent out a clear statement of intent to Golden State: the Cavaliers mean business once again.

For all Cleveland’s power and precision on offense, Golden State have the “wow factor” with Curry, Durant and Thompson. The Warriors didn’t break their regular season record in terms of victories, but that was never the main objective this campaign; all they care about is lifting the NBA crown.

As of April 24, the Warriors have one foot in the next round and Kerr’s side look well priced at 1-310 in the latest NBA odds to beat Portland and secure their spot at the first time of asking.

They will have to do it without their head coach, though. Kerr will miss the remainder of the series through a medical condition and Warriors fans will be hoping that he gets on the road to recovery in the near future.

Fortunately for Golden State, they have an exceptional group of coaches waiting in the wings and it shouldn’t affect their preparation too much ahead of what could be a memorable few months for Warriors supporters.

Neutrals will be hoping that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers both advance to the NBA Finals from their respective conferences for a heavily anticipated clash of the titans.

On paper, it is very difficult to split them but you just feel that Golden State’s revenge mission cannot be stopped, especially with Durant now strutting his stuff. It would be a fantastic series of basketball but this is Golden State’s year – they won’t let the title slip through their grasp again.

Source: Golden State Warriors via Facebook

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