The road to the NBA Finals out west goes through Oakland.
Saturday night Golden State beat Milwaukee 108-95 on 46 combined points — on just 30 shots — from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The Warriors are now 40-0 on the season when they hold their opponent under 100 points.
The win gave the Warriors 60 wins on the season and clinched the top seed in the Western Conference. Golden State is 10 games ahead of Memphis with nine to play.
Since the season tipped off way back closer to Halloween, the Golden State Warriors have been the best team in the NBA. The Hawks made their run, other teams have looked good in spurts, but no team has been as consistently great as the Golden State Warriors.
They have the top ranked offense in the NBA, scoring 109.5 points per 100 possessions.
They have the best defense in the NBA, allowing just 97.4 points per 100 possessions.
They are beating teams by a ridiculous 12.1 points per 100 possessions (the Clippers are second at 6.5).
Skeptics will always question a team that hasn’t won it all. Critics will say that jump shooting teams can’t win it. These Warriors can — because they defend, because they are versatile, because they are far more than a team that just launches random threes. They stretch the floor, but it’s part of a bigger plan, a blueprint this team was constructed to fill.
The West is stacked; there will be no easy playoff series. The Warriors easiest one will be the first one against Oklahoma City, and that team still has Russell Westbrook. Golden State will be challenged and will have to prove itself.
But make no mistake — the Golden State Warriors are the team to beat out West.