The Dubs catch only dubs

Can anyone besides LeBron beat the Warriors?

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The Dubs catch only dubs

Is it fair to have two MVP’s on the same team?

Is it fair to have two MVP’s on the same team?

Is it fair to have two MVP’s on the same team?

Is it fair to have two MVP’s on the same team?

Egan Beauvais, Staff Writer

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Yet again, the Warriors are in the NBA Finals, marking their fifth straight appearance, and becoming only the second team in NBA history to ever accomplish the feat. What’s even more incredible is that they just swept the Portland Trailblazers in the Western Conference Finals without arguably their best player, Kevin Durant. Durant is a consensus top two player in the world, and many argue he may have passed LeBron as the best player in the world. He strained his calf in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets, a game they still ended up winning, and a series they closed out in the following game without him. In the Portland series, the Warriors looked dominant, with Steph Curry returning to MVP form and Draymond Green having some of the best games of his career. Curry actually scored the most point in any four-game sweep in NBA Playoff history, even more than a few dominant other players, namely LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal. Green on the other hand, made a case for him to be the Warriors MVP, with two triple doubles, 16.5 points per game and more than 10 rebounds per game.

The Warriors are looking scary-good, again, and they will be favored to win their third straight NBA title in the next series against either the Toronto Raptors or the Milwaukee Bucks. It is not known yet whether or not Kevin Durant will be healthy in time for the Finals, but many fans have begun to wonder, does his presence make the Warriors better? The Warriors have won 29 out of their last 30 games when KD did not play and Curry did, suggesting that they are better without, or simply Steph is more valuable to the Warriors success. This leads to further questions, like will KD resign with the Warriors this summer? And will this have a huge impact on Golden State’s success?

Nevertheless, the Warriors, despite some drama, are well on their way to becoming one of the most successful dynasties in all of sports history. However, like all good dynasties, it must come to an end at some point, so what team, or event is going to stop them? LeBron carrying a Cleveland Cavaliers team in 2016 was the only team to beat the Warriors in recent memory, and with James on a very weak Los Angeles Lakers team, it is not certain that he will get another chance at beating them. As of right now, the Warriors have won three championships in four years, and are likely to make it four in five years just next week. They will be favored to win again next year, even if they lose KD, unless they also lose another starting player like Klay Thompson, but he has stated publicly that he wants to stay with Golden State for his entire career.

Before long there will be comparison of this Golden State team to the great Chicago Bulls, of course lead by Michael Jordan, and the incredible Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in 13 seasons. There will always be a debate about if this Warriors team is up to the level of those teams of the past, but if they keep winning, you can’t ignore their greatness.

 

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