Just like that, all of the suspense went out of a potential playoff matchup between the Warriors and Grizzlies. The Grizz have no chance against this Warriors squad. None, nada. As I tweeted in the fourth quarter, the only thing Grizzlies fans have left to look forward to this season is the final fall of the guillotine in the playoffs.
The media storyline will be that the Warriors have a strong enough and deep enough front line to neutralize the Grizzlies’ greatest strength. And the Warriors have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and the Grizzlies don’t. That’s all very true, and a good summary of the situation.
But let’s take a deeper look. There are a number of very interesting reasons why the Grizzlies can’t possibly match up against the Warriors, that I doubt will ever get mentioned by the major media: Continue reading
This is one of the oddest NBA seasons in memory. The number one seeds in both conferences have commanding leads with around 20 games left to play, but neither is the Vegas favorite to win the championship. The ninth-place team in the West, currently out of the playoffs, is tied for the third best odds to win the championship with the leader in the East. The Cavs are 11-5, Warriors 15-4 and the Thunder and Hawks are 7-1. In other words, its all over, but it’s wide open.
The Warriors regular season has lost interest. Their lead in the West is so commanding that Kerr can pull a Popovich and rest his starters whenever he feels like it. Their skill level is such that Curry frequently has to put on a third quarter exhibition of some kind just to keep the fans happy. They’re so good, that the clear MVP of the league is in danger of losing the award, for lack of fourth quarter playing time. Have you ever seen anyone lose the MVP because he regularly puts opponents away in the third quarter?
The Warriors are so good, that it’s a long, long wait between games that are interesting enough to write about. So like Steve Kerr, I’m going to rest my horses until the playoffs. Here’s a clean thread.