We’re in the stretch drive of the NBA season, with roughly 30 games left until the playoffs. Teams are battling for postseason seeding in the hopes of having home-court advantage.
But doesn’t this all seem like a waste this season? Even fringe NBA fans will tell you how this season will end — with the currently 49-5 Warriors hoisting their second consecutive Larry O’Brien Trophy.
And the scary part for non-Golden State fans is this could be just the beginning. The core of this team is just getting started and with the salary cap expanding this summer, the Warriors can add more firepower.
We can’t blame Klay Thompson and Co. for being crazy good, but they’re making this season a one-sided affair.
This is not to blame the Warriors for being so good. It’s not their fault they’re making a mockery of the league.
So how would this season look without the Warriors juggernaut?
Well, the Spurs would be sitting in the No. 1 spot at 47-9, which looks just as imposing as the Warriors’ record until you see they have lost a number of those games to playoff-bound teams. They’ve lost to the Thunder, Raptors, Bulls, Cavs, Rockets and Clippers. (Yes, they also lost badly to the Warriors, but that one doesn’t count in this alternate Association.)
Why should you care that the Spurs have suffered six of their nine losses to teams that would make the playoffs if the season ended today? Because this is the level of competition the Spurs will face in April, May and June.
The Warriors have lost to the Bucks, Pistons, Nuggets, Mavericks and Blazers — only Dallas and Portland would make the playoffs if the postseason started today. Golden State has faced the best of the best this season and has had little issue. In fact, the Warriors crushed the Bulls, Cavs and Spurs by a combined 95 points in January.