The Golden State Warriors’ “We Believe” era is one of the most savage seasons in all of the NBA’s recent history. The unlikeliest group of NBA greats mercilessly disrupted the status quo and shook the crux of the league to its core. Unseating the number one seed in the first round of playoffs was their crowning moment.
Number eight seeded Golden State Warriors ruthlessly defeated the Dallas Mavericks in a take no prisoners series. The Mavericks were the favorite to win the conference and had all the players to do it. Funded by very present, vocal and often found court-side billionaire Mark Cuban, who thought they couldn’t be beat, the Mavericks held all the cards. But what they didn’t have was heart.
The Golden State Warriors fueled by the “We Believe” campaign lethally reinvigorated the team. Just two months from the end of the season, the Warriors turned into a completely different elite team, finding themselves qualifying for the Western Conference Playoffs, achieving the 8th seed. But in the first round they would need to face-off against the top ranked team in the West — The Dallas Mavericks.
Doomed against great odds, no one thought they would even make a dent, but re-fueled by fans and the whole city chanting “We Believe,” something inside the Warriors snapped and they became the most ruthless players on the court.
From there, the Warriors punished the Dallas Mavericks night after night extending the series to six games, ruining their season and any prospects to move on to the Finals where everyone thought they belonged. It was a last ditch effort, but the Mavericks couldn’t compete with the “We Believe” Warriors team. They succumbed and the Warriors, the whole city, and the nation erupted.
A new sense of confidence, and possibly arrogance, ran through the city, culminating into the nastiest dunk to ever happen in the NBA Playoffs. Every year this dunk is celebrated. Although Golden State didn’t make it out of the second round, they didn’t go quietly. Until this day, the dunk that was felt around the globe is praised and revered as one of the coldest things to ever happen on national television. That dunk, delivered by none other than Baron Davis, will never be forgotten. It’s the crux that became the beacon of the “We Believe” Warriors team that unseated the number one seed and launched the franchise onto the path its on today. The Warriors would not be where they are today, as a franchise, as the crown jewel of the city, without “We Believe.”
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Raptors Blow Out Bucks to Even Eastern Conference Finals
While the Western Conference Finals did not live up to its billing, as the Trail Blazers were swept in four games, the Eastern Conference Finals has become as compelling of a series as we have had all postseason.
In the first two games of the series, the Milwaukee Bucks narrowly won Game 1 before they blew out the Toronto Raptors in Game 2. Then the series shifted to Toronto, where the Raptors have replicated that exact same formula to take both Game 3 and Game 4.
Tonight it was a blowout for the Raptors, as they played maybe their best team game of the playoffs to beat the Bucks by 18 points.
The Raptors needed their role players to step up, after Kawhi Leonard suffered a leg injury in Game 3 and was playing Game 4 hobbled.
Toronto ended up getting a great performance out of Kyle Lowry, as he recorded six assists, five rebounds and a team-high 25 points.
The Raptors will need all of their players to continue to making these contributions, as no team has won a game on the road in this series and two of the last three games will be played in Milwaukee if the series goes seven games.
Meanwhile as these two teams battle it out, the Golden State Warriors have already punched their ticket to the NBA Finals and are left to rest and wait to see who they will face.
Golden State Warriors Win Western Conference For Fifth-Straight Year
The Golden State Warriors reign over the Western Conference continues, as they are heading to the NBA Finals for the fifth-straight year.
While the Warriors were challenged by the Houston Rockets in the second round, the Portland Trail Blazers proved to be no match for Golden State in the Western Conference Finals.
Portland did carry a lead into the second half in each of their last three games, but they just could not find a way to close out a game.
Tonight the Warriors rallied from down 17 points to beat the Trail Blazers in overtime. Steph Curry once again led his team offensively, scoring a game-high 37 points.
With 11 assists and 13 rebounds, Curry put up a triple double in his outstanding closeout performance.
Curry was not the only Warrior to accomplish that feat though, as Draymond Green had a triple double of his own.
By advancing to their fifth-straight NBA Finals, the Warriors have truly cemented their legacy as one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history.
Since they took care of business in four games, the Warriors can now sit back and wait to see who they will be playing in the NBA Finals.
The Warriors can use the rest, as they hope to get both Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins to return from injury.
Whether they return to the lineup or not, the Warriors will prove to be a formidable opponent to whoever comes out of the Eastern Conference.
Bucks Completely Dismantle Raptors in Game 2
The Milwaukee Bucks are really starting to look like a champion, as they have been dominating everything in their path so far in the playoffs.
After a tightly contested Game 1 loss, the Raptors looked like no match for the Bucks tonight as they were losing by 25 points after the first half.
While the Raptors put up a better fight in the second half, they still were no match for Milwaukee as they cruised to the victory.
This win makes the Bucks 10-1 since the start of the playoffs. Considering the fact that Milwaukee also had the best record in the NBA this season, their playoff dominance should not come as such a surprise.
The Raptors will need to change up their game plan in Game 3 on Sunday, if they want any chance to get back in this series.
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