The Golden State Warriors keep making history in the NBA with their performances, this time we saw how the team coached by Steve Kerr absolutely dismantled the Portland Trail Blazers and swept them off the Western Conference Finals, inscribing their names in the big stage for the fifth straight season.
They joined the 1960s Boston Celtics (10 in total) as the only teams to achieve such feat after they 119-117 over the Trail Blazers. Achieving this is nothing easy at all, so what these guys did is something remarkable that will be remembered for many years to come. Obviously, when we talk about streaks we always think of one that was considered the biggest and most important one in the league before this one took place, the LeBron’s 8-final streak.
As expected, comparisons between these two streaks were going to be made and we didn’t have to wait too much for it. On Monday’s edition of ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith discussed this matter, explaining why he thinks the Warriors’ feat is more impressive than LeBron’s.
When asked which streak he believed was more impressive, Smith said: “It’s the Warriors.”
“Let me tell you something right now. First of all, Kevin Durant wasn’t always there. Once upon a time would win the Championship with Steph and Klay, but they had Andrew Bogut as a starter, they had dudes like Festus Ezeli coming off the bench. Draymond and those guys, none of them were into their own; the Western Conference was considered considerably tougher than the Eastern Conference.”
Smith then explained what kind of rivals Golden State had to face in their journey to win the first title of this team while LeBron had an easier path to fight for the Larry O’Brien.
“You gotta think about what the Golden State Warriors have had to deal with. It’s the Clippers, it’s the Rockets with James Harden and those boys, it was Oklahoma City with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Look at the Western Conference, it was tougher. Golden State didn’t know how to win yet.
LeBron James started his run to the Finals when he arrived in Miami with D-Wade and Bosh and there was nobody in the Eastern Conference (…) when you look at the Eastern Conference, there was really nothing there. The route to prosperity in the East was considerably easier than the route to prosperity in the West.”