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 league has happily accepted post-Warriorism.
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.
And yet it could be the Warriors who hold the trophy when this season comes to an end.
Anyone who has watched these Dubs know that this team is anything but a sure thing, unlike those 2015 to 2019 squads that created the greatest dynasty of the NBA’s 21st century.
No sir, these 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’ve seen both squads in the same postseason game.
We do, however, know that something must be working for them. After all, this squad is heading to the Western Conference Finals yet again.