Monday, June 22, 2015

Golden State Warriors Playoffs Review: Can they become a dynasty?

The Warriors took the 2015 NBA season by storm finishing with an extremely impressive 67 and 15 record and more importantly an 11 game lead on the closest Western Conference team which showed how dominant they were.

Their first opponent in the playoffs was the New Orleans pelicans and boy did the Dubs make it look easy. They ran through Anthony Davis and the Pelicans beating them in four games and clearly showing that the Pelicans were no match for them. There was way to many mismatches and the depth of Golden State proved to be way to much for the Pelicans.

Moving on to the next series, The Warriors squared off against the ultra tough Memphis Grizzlies, a team that is known for its physicality and its ability to ware teams down in the playoffs. The Warriors were victorious in game 1 but suffered in back to back losses in game 2 and game 3. The deadly combination of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph got the best of the Warriors in those games and some feared this series could where the Warriors ran out of gas. However, the Warriors ability to bounce back is a big reason why they were so successful this season and they handled the Grizzlies in three straight games beating them by 17, 20, and 13. The depth of the Warriors was clearly to much for the Grizzlies to handle as well and their road to the championship would now go through the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets were coming off an extremely impressive comeback in a series against the Los Angeles Clippers in which they were down 3-1 but stormed all the way back to win in seven games. Many expected a very close series between the Warriors and the Rockets but it was the exact opposite of that. Granted the first 2 games of the series were close as they were only decided by a combined total of six points but regardless the Rockets were backed into a corner trailing 2-0 as the series shifted to Houston. The Warriors handled the Rockets in game 3, they went into halftime with a 62-37 lead and ended up beating them by a wide margin of 115 to 80. The Rockets finally showed some life in game 4, James Harden played with a chip on his shoulder and put up one of his best playoff performances finishing with 45 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists and he lead his Rockets to a 128 to 115 victory. Game 5 was similar to game 3 as

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