Warriors are a hot mess but can absolutely win NBA Finals

SAN FRANCISCO – The NBA has been defined by parity this season.

After a decade that was defined by juggernauts and super-teams – the Lakers, the Heat, and eventually (and especially) the squad in Golden State – the title is up for grabs this season. There is no one great team; no inevitable force on the march to the Finals in June.

The league thought it was done with the Warriors.

And yet, at the end of the 2022 season, it could well be Golden State holding the trophy.

Anyone who has watched these Dubs know this team is anything but a sure thing, unlike the Golden State teams from 2015-19 that created the greatest dynasty of the NBA’s 21st century.

The 2022 Warriors are a bit slower, a bit sloppier and not nearly as deep.

This is a team that has frequently flirted with mortality this postseason – something that only arrived with a state of shock after their Finals losses in 2016 and 2019.

But the Warriors have also flirted with greatness, sending out small (and frustratingly infrequent) reminders that no team in the NBA can match their ceiling.

No one – including the Warriors, it seems – knows which version of the team will show up on any given night. Often, we see both versions in the same game.

We do, however, know that something must be working for the Warriors. After all, they are heading to the Western Conference Finals yet again.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – MAY 13: Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) celebrates after defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., On Friday, May 13 , 2022. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 110-96. (Jose Carlos Fajardo / Bay Area News Group)

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