Posted September 29, 2018 11:23:18The Golden State Warriors have been a dominating force throughout the regular season and the postseason.
Golden State is currently on pace to win its first NBA title since 2003 and the franchise has made its return to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
With Steph Curry playing his first playoff game, we take a look back at some of the Warriors’ most memorable moments, highlights and predictions for the 2018 NBA Finals.
What’s next for the Warriors?
The 2018 NBA postseason has seen a number of changes for the Golden State franchise, including the signing of Kevin Durant, the departure of coach Luke Walton and the addition of former New York Knicks teammate Shaun Livingston to the coaching staff.
The Warriors have won five games in a row and have the best record in the Western Conference, which will see them face off against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday in Game 5.
The 2018 Finals are a chance for the team to get back on track after a disappointing 2017-18 campaign.
Golden States fans will be hoping to see their team in the Finals again this time around, with a win over the Dallas team that made history last year by advancing to the NBA Finals and the Warriors making the postseason for the second time in franchise history.
There is no better time for the fans to be part of the festivities, with the Warriors facing the Mavericks in the first game of the Finals on Saturday night.
What to watch for in the 2017-2018 NBA Finals?
Here are a few things to keep an eye out for in Game 1: The Warriors are a team that has struggled to find their identity this season, but that is to be expected when they have been without a star, so expect to see some of their usual stars, including Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes, at the helm in Game One.
With that said, they have one of the most efficient offensive teams in the NBA, so it will be important for the opposing team to keep their attention off their guards and stay away from Curry.
The Mavericks will look to score points in a hurry and will be looking to take advantage of the Golden States poor defense, especially with Curry in the lineup.
For Golden State, it will come down to who can stay with Curry and create for him.
This will be a very physical contest with both teams looking to force turnovers and score early.
A loss could spell the end of the home team’s playoff hopes, as they have played to a 1-1 record in their last four games.
Who should be in Golden State’s starting lineup?
Forwards Drayton, Thompson and Barnes will be in the starting lineup with Steph Curry.
The Mavericks’ Wesley Matthews is in the reserves with Tyson Chandler, and forward Aaron Gordon will be back in the rotation.
If the Warriors can pull off the upset, it would give the Mavericks their first victory of the series and send them back to the 2017 NBA Finals for the fourth time.
Where can I watch the 2018-2019 NBA Finals in person?
You can watch the first round of the NBA playoffs on ABC, ABC Sports and ABC Digital.
The live stream starts at 9:00pm AEST on Friday, September 30 and is available to watch via ABC Go or Watch ABC.