The Golden State Warriors have dominated the NBA for the back end of the decade. It seems like the last time we haven't seen the team play in the Finals was ages ago. Unsurprisingly, the team just tied a 60-year-old record for most consecutive NBA Finals appearances.
The Dubs are the first team since the 1960's Celtics (1959-1966) to advance to five straight #NBAFinals 🙌 pic.twitter.com/JFLquOlB51
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 21, 2019
The Celtics of the 1960s played in a league that is almost unrecognizable now, with only eight teams and 75 games in a season. Not to take anything away from Bill Russell and company Celtics, but making the Finals is significantly easier with eight teams than with 30.
What the Warriors have accomplished is an especially impressive feat in today's NBA. In a league that is overflowing with talent and superstars, the Warriors have proven for a fifth straight year that they are still one of the league's best teams.
Now, all eyes will be on the Larry O'Brien trophy. Anything less for the Warriors would be considered a disappointment. If they do end up winning, it will be their fourth championship in five years, and further cement this team's place in the history books.
The path will not be an easy one. They will have to contend with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks or Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors, both formidable opponents. The Warriors are also still grappling with injuries to Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, and, though his is not considered serious, Andre Iguodala.
Whatever ends up happening, the Golden State Warriors have ensured they will be talked about in reverence for years to come.