It’s been an interesting, often chaotic, and sometimes stressful basketball season in the Bay Area. And now, after all the side sag, stumbles, injuries and late track corrections, just four wins separate the Golden State Warriors’ return to the NBA Finals.
How did they get here? First, they did a relatively short job of outselling and outselling the humans for the Denver Nuggets playing for pride, and then narrowly escaped the deep and raucous fury of the Memphis Grizzlies. Warriors have a lot to be proud of for passing these initial tests. Before the start of the 2021-22 campaign, a trip to the Western Conference Finals seemed possible but unlikely, and that was before the flashy start, before Steve Curry mysteriously lost his shot touch, and before we saw what happened to Klay Thompson up and down the reintegration seemed in real time. .