Sunday, May 13, 2007

Are the Golden State Warriors America's Team?

As almost everyone knows, the Golden State Warriors have stolen some headlines in this year's NBA Playoffs. To start off, they beat the Dallas Mavericks, a team that was supposed to contend for the NBA championship with the Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs. Along the way, we were able to see the best basketball of Baron Davis' career and a courageous effort from him in the decisive game six in which he played through an injury to lead the Warriors to a stunning 25 point victory.

The Warriors have also enjoyed the best homecourt advantage I have ever seen. I guess their fans just built up their energy for the thirteen year drought they had from the 1994-95 to this season. The crowd has been able to make the Warriors' opponents commit a ton of turnovers and led to many exciting highlights, including multiple halfcourt shots being made (although one of them didn't count because it didn't beat the game clock) and a Baron Davis posterizing of Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko in game three of Golden State's conference semifinal game against Utah. America loves the underdog, and because of that the NBA should want the Warriors to advance deep in the playoffs, or at least to the conference finals to make a "David vs. Goliath" final versus either the Suns or the Spurs (Spurs lead 2-1). It would just be incredible to see the another eight seed advance to the finals like the New York Knicks were able to do in 1999 and the Warriors fans deserve it because they are cheering their hearts out for their team.

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