Why ‘Warrior’ may be the most accurate description of ‘War’ on the NBA playoffs
It may be that the Warriors and Thunder have both had their ups and downs in the playoffs.
And that the teams have been just as talented as the other two teams on their way to a title.
But as the playoffs get closer, there is one team that is seemingly invincible.
“Warriors” and “Thunder” are the only two teams in the NBA that can claim that, and they are both playing in the Western Conference finals against the Clippers.
But both of those teams have a few problems.
“Warriors,” which was named the best team in the East and the best Western Conference team, is in the midst of a 10-game losing streak.
And even if it had beaten the Cavs in the Finals, the Warriors would have been left with a 3-2 series lead.
The Thunder, meanwhile, is playing the Clippers in the first round and is in an all-but-certain series with the Warriors.
So it’s clear which of these teams is going to win the conference finals.
What the stats say: The Warriors have the best record in the West.
They are also No. 1 in the conference and No. 2 in the league.
The Thunder are on the wrong side of the conference, but the difference is that they’re playing in a better conference.
Thunder fans can take solace in knowing that they are going to have a tougher time getting through to the Finals.
In the first game of the series, the Thunder played with a vengeance, outscoring the Warriors 16-3 in the fourth quarter.
They then held the Clippers to just three points in the final 10 minutes of regulation, including one three-pointer by James Harden.
This series will likely be decided by how well these teams play down the stretch.
Thunder guard Kevin Durant had 13 points and nine rebounds.
He had 11 points and four rebounds in the Clippers loss to the Cavaliers.
And the Thunder are 3-1 in the series.
On the other hand, the Clippers have the worst record in their conference, averaging just 83.8 points per game.
And their road record is a mixed bag, going 3-5 at home.
This is not the type of team that can be counted on to win its division, especially if they’re in the postseason.
Who are the teams to watch?
This is the Warriors against the Thunder.
Both teams are in a playoff race, but if the Warriors lose to the Thunder in the second round, the only way they’ll get to the conference semifinals is if they beat the Clippers, who are in the Eastern Conference finals.
They could easily get there if they play their best basketball of the season.
If they win, the next step is a playoff berth.
Meanwhile, if the Thunder lose to Golden State, the teams play in the same second round and it would be a three-game series.
If the Thunder win, it would set up a rematch in the semifinals.
If neither team wins, then the series is locked in for the rest of the postseason, unless either team gets lucky in the third or fourth game.
Both of those scenarios would put them in the finals.