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The Warriors’ season-long defensive philosophy is paying dividends on the grandest stage Fans

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If there’s one catch-all phrase that defines the philosophy of the Golden State Warriors defense throughout this season, it’s this: "Prevention is better than the cure." If they can help it, the Warriors would rather not let their opponents be in a position to score in an efficient manner. If they can stop someone before they can get downhill — with two feet touching the paint — they will do so. That starts at the point of attack. There’s no use in keeping opponents off the paint if they are able to get past the first line of defense. Once that domino falls, there’s a greater chance the rest will topple over — a defense in rotation, plugging holes slower than the rate at which they’re being created, etc. — and the plot is entirely lost.