Now that's what I call fan night!
There's no such thing as a moral win or loss at the end of the regular season. At the end of 82 games, it's what you see is what you get. For the Golden State Warriors, their vision is looking crystal clear.
If you're anti-hyperbole and more of a fan of numbers, here's the meat and potatoes of what's been the best season in franchise history. A league and franchise-best 67 wins and their first Pacific Division title in 39 years. The Ws also clinched the best record in the Western Conference for the first time since the 1975-76 season, clinching the No. 1 seed with an impressive display of dominance on both ends of the floor.
Golden State has also finished with one of the ten best home records in the history of the National Basketball Association. Most important, the first time in a while, the Ws finished the season healthy — more or less.
Perhaps we'll celebrate an MVP and Coach of the Year award. In any case, the Ws seem to be more interested in forcing fans to figure out parade routes.
For the second consecutive year, they concluded the season standing on top of the Denver Nuggets in the last contest of the season 133-126. In this season’s first meeting, the Ws handed out their largest gluteus whipping of 2014-15, outscoring the Nuggets by 43 points on Jan. 19.
Although the night's game didn't end in a similar dominant fashion, the Ws showed that there's nothing left to prove. 67 wins speak for themselves. While there might be the faintest hint of skepticism about their post-season fortunes, this club has a clearly-defined identity and the tools necessary for a deep playoff run.
When interviewed by Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Leandro Barbosa seemed nonchalant. A quality that can be viewed as the result of poise or some sort of disconnect. It's not so much that guard Leandro Barbosa didn't know who the Warriors are facing in the first round. It's more like who cares?
Forget their last meeting where the Pelicans stole a 103-100 win. We've now transitioned to playoff basketball. Starting now, it's put up or shut up. Coach Steve Kerr and staff will make their adjustments according to what the series demands. However, the team that ended up first in wins and win percentage, field goal percentage, trey ball percentage, assists and points needs no introduction.
Their blueprint for winning is set. The edges are razor sharp and despite the Warriors' athleticism, the chips on shoulders weigh more now than they ever have. Nothing more needs to be said.
Bring on the Pelicans.