The Golden State Warriors captured their third championship in four years on Friday, easily disposing of the Cleveland Cavaliers with a four-game sweep in the 2018 NBA Finals. The Warriors’ latest victory has rightfully sparked discussions of a new potential dynasty in the making. As the rest of the NBA scrambles this summer to figure out a way to put together the right pieces to topple the Goliaths of the league, we will take a look at how the Warriors were able to coast their way through the regular season, and turn it on in the playoffs.
The Warriors finished second in the Western Conference with a 58-24 record this season without really trying. Following the 2015-16 campaign where Golden State fell short of winning the title, the team understood that the talent on their roster could easily carry them to the playoffs every year. Their ultimate goal was to get “clicking like Golden State” when it mattered most: the postseason.
Even though the Warriors were pushed to the brink of elimination by the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, it always felt as though Golden State had everything under control. By the time they reached the Finals, it was clear that the Cavaliers didn’t stand a chance at defeating them four times in a seven-game stretch. In what could very well be their last Finals matchup, the Warriors put Cleveland away with ease. Here are the pieces to the puzzle that was the Warriors' 2018 championship run.