- Can the Golden
State Warriors defend their NBA title?
the Golden State Warriors defend their NBA title?
The Golden State
Warriors are on the cusp of breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls'
all-time regular season record but the NBA Championship crown remains
the ultimate prize. While the defending champions are intent on
surpassing the twenty-year record, the NBA title is their number one
Stephen Curry has been simply sublime throughout the campaign and looks
an absolute shoo-in to win the regular season MVP award for the second
year in a row. But they're much more than a one-man team. The Warriors
are one of the most complete sides in the NBA and their team spirit and
work ethic is a key reason for their success.
At the end of March, the Warriors set a new franchise record for most
wins in the regular season as they earned a sensational 103-96 OT
victory against Utah Jazz. On that occasion, Curry bounced back from a
couple of disappointing performances to
score 31 points and lead his side to a crucial win - especially in
the hunt to break Chicago's record.
Because of their exploits throughout the regular
season, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find good value on the
Golden State Warriors to win the NBA title this season.
If Curry and co perform at their very best, it's hard to imagine the
Warriors falling short as they bid to defend the crown, especially with
the likes of Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston in fine form. Golden
State have match-winners all over the court and they will take some
beating if they emulate their regular season form in the playoffs -
particularly at home.
Incredibly, the Warriors have won
all 36 of their home fixtures so far this season - an amazing
achievement. If they continue in the same vein throughout the playoffs,
it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see Golden State with their hands
back on the NBA title. The Oracle Arena is now one of the most hostile
environments for visiting teams and the atmosphere will be cranked up a
notch in the playoffs.
With Curry back in form, Golden State will be quietly confident of
defending the NBA title this year. On paper, they have the best roster
and in reality, they are the most complete side. And by the time the
playoffs arrive, the Warriors could be the new regular season record
holders with at least 73 wins - a tally that would eclipse Chicago's