The Golden State Warriors are expected to make it to the NBA Finals, but they need to make it past the New Orleans Pelicans first — which his apparently easier said than done.
NBA teams in the postseason are always walking on razor’s edge. No matter if you have LeBron James, a No. 1 seed or an up-and-coming young roster, everyone has a chance at the beginning of the postseason and it’s all about the opportunities you take advantage of. There’s something else you need to do to win — stay out of your own way.
That’s what the Golden State Warriors almost weren’t able to do, as they nearly lost their opening round game against the New Orleans Pelicans after they collapsed down the stretch.
At one point, the Warriors were winning by 25-points, but with under 10-seconds left in the game they were up on New Orleans by just six points and didn’t have possession of the ball.
Golden State prevailed, but the Warriors are officially on notice.
Here’s a look at the updated NBA Playoffs bracket following the Warriors win over the Pelicans.
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The Dubs are going to get hot in the postseason and they’re going to be unstoppable at times. Emphasis on at times, as they were nearly caught in their first game of their first-round series by a New Orleans Pelicans team no one was counting on for anything.
All it takes is one bad game to set you back, and in a given series the Warriors only have four bad games to have. Golden State was sloppy down the stretch and early gave the game away. They did everything they could to keep the Pelicans around, from fouling at bad times to missing clutch free throws. Golden State might have the edge in the series, but that doesn’t mean they have it won already.
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