“The playoffs are a big deal for us,” Warriors owner Joe Lacob said at the time.
“It’s our most important game in the NBA, and we have the best fans in the world, so we’re going to be ready for anything.
I don’t want to see any disappointment.
We have the greatest fans in this world, and they deserve everything.”
The NBA playoffs are expected to begin at 7 p.m.
The schedule is expected to feature five games.
Here’s how the NBA and the teams participating in the tournament are shaping up.
For now, we’re focusing on the Warriors.
They’re expected to make it to the conference finals and face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
They’ll have to win their first two games against the Lakers and Knicks.
The Warriors are the NBA’s only undefeated team, having swept the Warriors twice and the Rockets twice, which means they’ve got a decent shot of making it to a second straight championship.
The Warriors have won 20 of the past 24 meetings with the Lakers, but they’ve lost two of their past three in Los Angeles.
Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni was named NBA Coach of the Year earlier this season after leading the team to the league’s best record at 26-5.
The Lakers, meanwhile, are expected in a rematch with Golden State at Staples Center.
Los Angeles was one of the teams that made the playoffs last season after beating the Warriors in the Western Conference finals.
But the Lakers have struggled since the beginning of the season and are 3-14.
Golden State has the NBA-leading record of 22-2, which is tied for the second-best mark in the league.
It is also the most victories in a season by any team, trailing only the 2008-09 Spurs.
Los Angeles has won the past three games against Golden State, with the team winning its past four meetings.
The Rockets, meanwhile have won their past two meetings against Golden States, with Houston winning the series in 2017.
Houston has won eight straight games against Sacramento, including a 116-100 win on Jan. 25.
The Rockets are one of two teams that have won the previous four meetings between the two teams.
With a 2-1 record in the postseason, the Cavaliers are expected back in action when the Warriors visit Cleveland on Friday night.
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