I love the Golden State Warriors.
Steve Kerr is an astute color commentator, and as a head coach he’s standing in a suit on the sidelines representing an NBA best 19-2 Warriors team (detractor of the week Dennis Rodman, a former teammate of Kerr with the Chicago Bulls back in the ’90s, says Kerr ain’t coachin’ sheeit). Stephen Curry is a freakish star. Klay Thompson is a rising star. They are going to be contenders.
But putting them into a conversation involving the NBA Finals in December leads me to this conclusion: they are overrated.
I say that with love, Warriors fans. With love, indeed, motherfuckers.
Every year, some young team shoots out to a big, sexy record, and by the time April rolls around they are no longer sitting as pretty as they were at this sort of season’s juncture. Same scenario applies here.
If they walked into a playoff series tomorrow against the San Antonio Spurs, who would you bet your money on? I know who I’d predict, based on experience and history (hint: the team that’s won five titles since 1999).
Defense is taken seriously in the playoffs — the Warriors have shown themselves to be an electic high scoring offense with a defense that’s tantamount to a tenuous-ass plastic sandwich bag. They’ll falter in the playoffs due to this. I wouldn’t doubt the prospect of Andrew Bogut falling apart by that point, anyhow, and David Lee? Same expectation.