Well Martin Rogers
FOX Sports Columnist
The evidence is there, just we are not yet fully prepared to see it.
The Golden State Warriors are the toughest, toughest, most ruthless, most unforgiving, most vicious, most naughty, most mischievous, ugliest team left in these NBA playoffs.
That’s right, Warriors.
The Warriors, the team that won all these championships with speed and smiles, shooting and a little ball.
The Warriors, with good guys like Stephen Curry who in his spare time does things like graduating from college.
The Warriors with Clay Thompson, whom no one loves, and Andrew Wiggins, who has spent most of his career, is considered soft.
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However, after three years, when there was not even a hint of the last stages of the playoffs, this postseason led to the Golden State, which combined with their talent and form has generated, apparently, uninterrupted strength.
On Sunday, Wiggins clearly demonstrated the new times by banging a poster on Luke Doncic when the Warriors took a 3-0 lead over the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference finals. Curry got 3 points and then stuck out her tongue to celebrate it, sparking an exchange of views on cleaning the bench. Draymand Green shouted some NSFW delicacies towards Dallas players.
All in all, the Warriors put their foot on Mavericks’ throat, finding their inner, well, Warrior.
They don’t play, even a little. After the disappointments of this fruitless period and the widespread belief that the window of the team title closed with the departure of Kevin Durant, now the opportunity is back: Curry is 34 years old, and Thompson and Green are both 32.
Of course, such chances may not be so much. There was no certainty that it would arise, but they came here not only because they were better, but also tougher than their opponents.
After three difficult years, Golden State wants another title – and looks scarier than ever.
Behind them came Memphis – the Grizzlies were “ugly and evil”, according to Green – and Golden State responded the same to win the series and then continue thinking ahead. Even soft head coach Steve Kerr got involved in the case, describing how Curry “smelled blood” in the crucial stages of Game 2.
A more steel edge seems to be the top-down thing, a timely transformation that permeates the organization.
Here is an example. The slogans that NBA teams use for their playoff games are largely a manual and harmless marketing tool designed to foster local pride and create extra noise.
Boston has “Celtic Pride”, Phoenix has “Rally The Valley”, the Mavericks have “Dallas In”, none of which was designed and could not cause horror in the hearts of rival teams.
While the choice of Warriors “Gold Blooded” isn’t the scariest you’ve ever seen, it definitely has more of a roar than anyone else.
And that sums up how they play. Wiggins has become a coercive creator of differences. Green is again ready to rumble anywhere, anytime. And no one is taking a step back. They are at the moment.
“I can take the day (graduation) every blue month in the playoffs and say, ‘Okay, I have to get out of this,'” Green told reporters. “But you have to live it, you have to feel it, you have to breathe. mine “.
Dallas had no answer, and now it’s hard to see the Warriors stop. FOXBet has them at +110 to beat the Mavs, and an impressive favorite -143 to win the title.
“I didn’t think we were going to consider a possible sweep or even a gentleman’s sweep,” former NBA star Antoine Walker told FS1 First Affairs. “Steph Curry was aggressive. He was not allowed to be affected by poor shooting. He should be given great respect, he remained aggressive throughout the playoffs. “
He is not alone. If it seems that now in these playoffs comes the inevitable conclusion, it is because of this. The Warriors have more experience in the playoffs, more experience in the championship, more experience in big games and just more experience than any other team that remains in this NBA postseason.
And one day, to top it off, they went to look for blood – everyone else was in trouble.
Martin Rogers is a FOX Sports columnist and author of the FOX Sports Insider newsletter. You can sign up for the newsletter here.
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