Golden State Warriors: The danger of high expectations doesn’t exist

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant /

The danger of lofty expectations isn’t a worry for the Golden State Warriors.

All too many times in sports, the dangers of high expectations can ultimately doom a franchise. Whether it’s national recognition declaring a team the best before they won anything, a team coming off of a huge season or a team acquiring a bunch of talent, expectations can swiftly bring down a franchise. The Golden State Warriors are one of the rare exceptions to this rule.

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Save maybe the New England Patriots currently, the Warriors are the sports franchise where expectation doesn’t derail anything they attempt to do. Whether it’s two championships or the 73-win season, the Warriors have shown that they let nothing get to them.

In fact, they responded to the NBA Finals collapse of 2016 by absolutely running through everyone en route to a 16-1 record in this year’s playoffs. In a way, it’s almost impossible to place expectations on the Warriors at this point.

With the roster that they have and the talent pool that they can continue to add to it, they’re almost maxed out on expectations. When they’ve pretty much passed every test there is to pass, it’s easy to see why they are the most confident bunch in the NBA.

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Their play on the court illustrates that confidence as well. Whether it’s celebrating before threes or running absolutely ridiculous designs, Golden State takes expectations and trounces them. So, arguably when many are picking them to just run through everyone again, it’s the one team people won’t say can’t live up to the hype.

Consistency is key and patterns are developed from it. The Warriors have made rising above expectations the new norm to the point there is no point to having them or any danger in them bringing them down at all in the future.