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Can Anyone Stop the Warriors? Four Teams That Have A Chance This Post Season.

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The majority of the 2015-2016 season has been about Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors and they deserve it to say the least. Golden State went 67-15 last season, a team that was still “figuring things out”, are a team that’s even better this season. They are currently 60-6, undefeated at home sitting 31-0 not to mention most consecutive home game wins (previously held by the 95-96 Bulls) and are on pace to surpass the historic 72-10 regular season wins record (currently held by the 95-96 Bulls). It’s safe to say they are the biggest threat in basketball today. Despite the 6 losses they were handed to this season, 4 by teams that won’t see the post season, the question remains, can a team have a legitimate chance against the Warriors in a 7 Game Series? With the playoffs right around the corner, here are 4 teams in which serve a serious threat come playoff time.

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4. Los Angeles Clippers 42-24

The Clippers have always been in talks of making a run every year. With All Star guard Chris Paul leading the way, big man Deandre Jordan in the post, and the depth they posses with players like Paul Pierce, Jamal Crawford, JJ Redick, and Jeff Green, they stand to have a good chance unlike others to surprise some critics. They are top 10 in PPG averaging 104.4 points, OPP PPG 100.7 points, and DIFF (point differential) beating teams by a margin of 3.7 points. The Clippers may be the second team to in sunny L.A. to beat Dub Nation in the Staples Center.

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3. Oklahoma City Thunder 45-22

OKC has been on the bottom end against the Warriors this season. In the 3 matchup’s against Golden State, they’ve lost all 3. But, the Thunder lost by less than 10 in 2 of the 3 matchups. I think you can guess which one of those 2 was the closest. On the contrary, the Thunder are sitting at 5th place in the League and 3rd the Western Conference 3 games ahead of the Clippers. Averaging 109.8 PPG and beating teams on DIFF of 6.9 points. With a healthy squad, with triple double machine Westbrook and the Slim Reaper leading the charge, they pose a legitimate chance against Golden State.

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2. Cleveland Cavaliers 47-19

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a bitter taste from last years loss to the Warriors in the NBA Finals and looking for revenge. Led by LeBron, on the injury prone roster, he put on an astounding performance averaging 35.8 ppg, 13.3 rpg, and 8.8 apg. But it wasn’t enough to stop the Warriors from bringing a trophy back to the Bay Area. This year, with a healthy star studded roster, led by the “Big 3” James, Kyrie, and Love, the Cavaliers are about the only team in the East who stand a chance against the Warriors. Averaging 103.6 PPG, and holding opposing teams to 97.4 PPG, as well as sitting 3rd Place in the League, they are force on the court. Considering no one beating the Warriors out in the West, and if the Cavaliers can stay healthy with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, we would see a finals rematch to remember. Might even see a banner hanging in Quicken Loans Arena this next year.

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1. San Antonio Spurs 57-10

The Warriors aren’t the only ones who have been on a tear this season. The San Antonio Spurs have been a force this season and have been overlooked in the process, due to the success of the defending champs. The Spurs have been a juggernaut, being the best threat to stop the up tempo “Dub Nation” this post season. The Spurs are undefeated at home (33-0), are the league leaders in point differential, beating teams on average by 12.4 PPG and are sitting 2nd Place in standings, and only 3 games behind Golden State. With slow play and incredible ball movement played by the Spurs, making the Warriors play defense, keeping their time with ball limited may be the key in defeating Steph and Co. Being led by the Old Timers in Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, and younger players like Kawhi Leonard and Lamarcus Aldridge. The Spurs simple play might take down the flashy Warriors.

With the success rate the Warriors have been playing, they seem unstoppable, no one can really tell who will or wont beat the Warriors. I mean, who would’ve thought an easy road win would’ve turned into a devastating night against the Lakers?

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