10 months ago
The Golden State Warriors rolled into the Finals 12-0… and kept on rolling, dominating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first two games before winning a Game 3 thriller.
And it seems worth asking: Is it a bad for a sport when a team never loses and is rarely even tested?
Or is that gripe an overreaction? The San Antonio Spurs, already missing Tony Parker, were dominating the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals by 23 when star Kawhi Leonard was knocked out for the rest of the postseason with an ankle injury. Is the unbeaten run the result of genuine Golden State excellence (coupled with a little luck), and not just a case of a super-team simply beating up utterly overmatched opponents?
FiveThirtyEight delves way into the debate, notably on their podcast Hot Takedown. It’s time to answer the question: Is Golden State good for basketball?