If you're a Warriors fan, you probably see the magical 2007 "We Believe" run as either a welcome break in the monotony of a decade and a half of mediocrity or lament its complete unsustainability.
Regardless, it was a special team to witness made all the better in the moment by the years of suffering that tested our collective commitment to the team.
Sometimes its nice when statistics reinforce what we believe we believe and quantify a subjective "truth" -- if nothing else, it puts our own perceptions in a broader perspective.
In the latest installment of Basketball-Reference.com's playoff upsets series, the We Believe Warriors' upset of the Dallas Mavericks in 2007 ranked as the second biggest playoff upset in the last two decades based on a formula calculating the probability of each team winning based on regular season production.
While it might be hard to imagine a series more exhilarating than the run of our Warriors, consider another factor not included in B-R.com's formula: the Warriors owned the Mavs during that time and finished the regular season with momentum, while the Lakers went 4-1 vs Seattle in 1994-95 -- getting blown out at home in their final meeting -- and limped into the playoffs having lost 8 of their final 10 regular season games. Given that Seattle had homecourt advantage, the odds were probably more strongly against the Lakers, reinforcing B-R.com's ranking.
Nevertheless, the entirety of the We Believe run -- including BaRon's dunk (is that pronounced like LaRon Profit, B-R?) over AK-47 -- was by far the most unforgettable playoff upset of the decade and given the record of futility we have to live with as Warriors fans, I'll live with that.
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