The Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in the San Francisco Bay Area in Oakland, California. The Warriors compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA)
“A powerful group or family that maintains its position for a considerable time.”
The Golden State Warriors are, by definition, a dynasty. And after Friday night’s Game 4 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, which gave them their third NBA championship in four tries, it’s not even really up for debate.
The Warriors’ rise began with the drafting of Stephen Curry in 2009 and continued with the addition of Klay Thompson in 2011 and the second-round steal of Draymond Green in 2012. But in terms of this current reign, it started with the 2014-15 season
And it doesn’t look like it’s going to end any time soon.
The road hasn’t been without some bumps — none bigger than their 3-1 Finals collapse against Cleveland in 2016. Green was suspended for Game 5 following his swipe at LeBron James the game before, Curry was ejected late in Game 6 for throwing his mouthpiece in the direction of a fan, and by the end of Game 7, the NBA’s golden boys had crumbled.
There was some trouble again this year, when injuries to Curry — he played just 51 regular-season games — had the Warriors limping into the postseason as losers of 10 of their final 17 games. They entered as the No. 2 seed in the West for the first time since this run began, and if it weren’t for Houston’s Chris Paul being forced to miss Games 6 and 7 of the Western Conference finals with a hamstring injury, the Warriors’ pursuit of dynasty status may have come to an abrupt halt.
It didn’t. We chronicle some of the Warriors’ best and most memorable moments from this historic run.
June 8, 2018 | The sweep
The Warriors were the heavy favorites heading into their fourth consecutive Finals date with Cleveland, and after a late-game collapse in Game 1, any chance the Cavaliers had of making it a series was gone. Capped off by a 23-point Game 4 win in Cleveland, the Warriors completed the most lopsided Finals sweep in league history, outscoring the Cavs by a total of 60 points.
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