Golden State Warriors: 5 alternative facts

Feb 4, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry speaks with the media at the stakeout position outside the West Wing after a ceremony honoring the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors in the East Room at the White House. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry speaks with the media at the stakeout position outside the West Wing after a ceremony honoring the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors in the East Room at the White House. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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January 8, 2017; Sacramento, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate against the Sacramento Kings during the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. The Warriors defeated the Kings 117-106. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

The Warriors aren’t going to win this year’s championship.

This is perhaps the easiest and hardest truth for the rest of the NBA to swallow. The Golden State Warriors are the best team and it’s not really close. They were the best team before and now they added Kevin Durant.

The Warriors will cruise to a championship. They’re defeating teams, generally with relative ease, and they haven’t figured it out yet. Steve Kerr is still playing with rotations and Durant’s presence is still being adjusted to.

Golden State has yet to click and they embarrassed the defending champs on national television. They have the best record in the league. They have two top-three players in the world, the Defensive Player of the Year, another All-Star, and a Finals MVP to boot.

The Warriors are not flawless, but it doesn’t seem like most of their likely playoff opponents could expose their few weaknesses. The path to the Finals won’t necessarily be easy, but they’re going to beat everyone in their path. They just have too much talent.

This is a bonafide superteam. They have the best offensive and defensive team in the NBA. They are hungry for blood.

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The NBA likes to pretend that 30 teams have a chance to win a title in their promos. Generally, that number is more like four or five. This year? It’s only one and that team resides in the Bay Area.

Here’s a fact: the Golden State Warriors will win their second championship in three years, if health permits, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Here’s an alternate fact: Cleveland, San Antonio, etc. actually have a chance.