Are the Warriors in trouble?
As you all already know, the Golden State Warriors broke the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' single season wins record of 72-10 by a game, posting a 73-9 record and catapulting them to the forefront of the NBA playoff seeding as the unquestionable favorite to win a second NBA Championship in a row. That very 1995-96 Bulls team, led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, went onto defeat Gary Payton's Seattle Supersonics 4-2 after sweeping the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Golden State Warriors, on the other hand, are having a much tougher time. The same franchise that was defeated by the Chicago Bulls in 1996 is certainly proving much tougher for the Warriors, as the Oklahoma City Thunder (relocated from Seattle in 2008-09) took an away game from Golden State and are now up 3-1 heading back to California. The Thunder are a perfect counter for the Warriors; playing taller 'small ball' with length to interrupt the passing lanes Steve Kerr so adamantly drills his team to over-utilize, an even faster tempo leading to 20+ points on fastbreak scoring per night, and two undeniable superstars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook who are itching to get back to where they were in 2012 and prove to the world who the real MVP's of the league are.
Nine teams in NBA playoff history have came back from a 3-1 series deficit. The most recent, however, was the 2015 Houston Rockets. The Rockets took back the last 3 games of the Western Conference Semifinal series agains the Los Angeles Clippers to clinch and move onto the next round. Can the Warriors do the same?
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