By Daniel Flores
The 2019 NBA playoffs are officially underway. The Golden State Warriors cruised to another #1 seed in the regular season finishing 57-25. They won five of their last six games, only dropping the final game in which they rested their starters after the first half. A team that has looked nearly unstoppable in recent years will have another chance to bring home their fourth championship in the last five years.
Last year’s offseason saw the rich get richer, as dominant big man DeMarcus “Boogie”Cousins signed with Golden State. Cousins was coming off an injury and made his Warriors debut in January. Boogie only played in 30 games for the Warriors averaging 16.3 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game, and 3.6 assists per game in 25 minutes. In his second playoff game of the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers, Cousins went down with an injury which later turned out to be a torn quad. He has not officially been ruled out for the rest of the playoffs but, his return is unlikely.
This will by no means be an easy task for the Warriors. They still have to get out of the Western Conference and potentially face-off with MVP candidate James Harden and the Rockets in the second round. Houston took Golden State to seven games last season in the Western Conference Finals before ultimately losing. Portland is another team that could give the Warriors some trouble. Lead by Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the Trailblazers have one of the best backcourts in the league.
In the Eastern Conference things are a little different this year without a Lebron James led team. The Milwaukee Bucks finished with the best record in the league lead by MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Boston Celtics reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season before losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Boston has a team that is capable of reaching the Finals but, it will not be an easy task. Toronto has a new look with Kawhi Leonard and could shake things up in the Eastern Conference.
Ultimately Golden State is fit for a primed playoff run to capture another win and, their NBA Championship odds aren’t shabby either.
The stacked roster of all-stars can become overwhelming for other teams and no lead is ever safe against the Warriors. The only way they might be stopped is if they stop themselves. If the team can not deal with certain problems on the court or players lose their cool, things could take a turn for the worst. However, if this is the last season we see the star studded lineup together, be on the look out for them to raise another championship banner.