If Warrior fans have learned anything this season, it’s that the Warriors can come up in the clutch if the need too. In fact, a couple weeks ago against the Houston Rockets, the Warriors needed a win to stay in the 6th position. What was the outcome? Well, in Houston, the Rockets were blown out by 30 points, thanks to some good Warrior defense, holding them to under 80 for the first time in a while.
When the Warriors did that, it became clear to me that they wouldn’t falter in the final games of the season, and would make a successful playoff run. That they have. The magic number is now at 3, and it could be one if the the Warriors win tonight and the either the Lakers or the Jazz lose.
With that being said, the Warriors are at about a 98% chance of making the playoffs. And although nothing is set in stone, the Warriors would really like to upset a higher seeded team in the NBA. Right now, I think their likely opponents in the first round will be the Nuggets, but it could also be the Clippers.
A torn ACL of one of the Nuggets’ clutchest players in Danilo Gallinari makes the Warriors feel a little bit better about their chances. Unfortunately, however, the Nuggets still won without him at home, and have only lost 3 games there. What’s good for the Warriors is that all their losses to the Nuggets this season have been very close.
My predictions are that the Warriors will win in the first round, because they’ll win game 2 and all their home games. When they advance to the second round, they will have a little bit more confidence, and whether they’re playing the Oklahoma City Thunder, or the Spurs, they will likely go to a game 5 and lose.
If the Warriors are rolling by this time, however, they could force a game 7 with the Thunder, or even beat them.
If you have any objections, which I’m sure you will, stand up for your Nuggets or Thunder team and support them. I will provide the best argument that I can. What do you think? Comment below.