Trust Forged in Past Battles Leads Warriors into Finals, and Maybe Past LeBron

May 31st, 2016 by Ric Bucher Leave a reply »

OAKLAND — In the end, it wasn't about one team's stars being better. Or its coach being smarter. Or its bench being deeper. Or even its home-court advantage being greater. Add up all the respective strengths and weaknesses of the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder's physical components and it remains debatable who has the more robust plus column.

No, the Warriors are going back to the NBA Finals because of the connection between all those components, an airtight bond forged by the fiery cauldron endured a year ago at this time. They didn't complete their climb out of a 3-1 deficit by winning Game 7, 96-88, Monday night at Oracle Arena because they played their best. Far from it. They won because of one simple concept they have a slightly deeper supply of than OKC:


The invisible web between coach Steve Kerr, his nucleus of stars—Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green—a bench brigade usually led by Andre Iguodala and an arena full of exuberant fans masquerading as Minions proved to be more indivisible than that of the Thunder.

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