The Golden State Warriors took Game 7 against the Sacramento Kings on the back of a 50-point performance from star Stephen Curry. Advancing in the 2023 NBA Playoffs is nothing new for Curry and the Warriors, as the last decade has seen them make the NBA Playoffs their specialty. They have been so dominant, the last time they were eliminated by a fellow Western Conference team, Patrick Mahomes hadn't even played college football yet.
When the Warriors were eliminated:
🏀 Steve Kerr was a color analyst
🏀 Embiid and Jokic hadn't been drafted
🏈 Mahomes hadn't played a CFB game
🏈 Aaron Donald hadn't made his NFL debut pic.twitter.com/IJavcbTrXr
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 1, 2023
It is quite the run of supremacy in the West for the Warriors, as Patrick Mahomes wasn't the only thing that looked a little different the last time another team in the West ended Golden State's season; head coach Steve Kerr was on the sidelines calling games instead of coaching them, and MVP frontrunners Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic weren't even in the NBA.
The Los Angeles Clippers were the last squad to knock the Warriors out, and they were led by Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Paul and Griffin are both in the 2023 NBA Playoffs, but playing for the Phoenix Suns and the Boston Celtics respectively. It is safe to say the Warriors longevity is something to behold.
Longevity will be the theme of the Warriors next NBA Playoffs series against the Los Angeles Lakers, as another matchup with LeBron James awaits. The big three of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have quite the rivalry with James, dating back to James' days with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Regardless of who wins the series, the fact that the Warriors core is still competing for an NBA Finals ring is a testament to the dynasty they are.