The Golden State Warriors started off the Western Conference Finals with a bang on Wednesday night.
They came to play and ended up winning the first game with a commanding 112-87 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
That’s not just a good start to the WCF, it’s a tremendous one.
Additionally, history suggests that it could lead the team to another NBA Finals appearance.
The Warriors are 21-2 in Game 1 under Steve Kerr.
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The Warriors are now 21-2 in Game 1 under head coach Steve Kerr.
That’s truly impressive but this is even more impressive: they have won 19 of 20 series when they lead 1-0.
The only time they ended up losing after a 1-0 lead in the series was the 2016 Finals.
What can the Warriors do to ensure they go all the way again this year?
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If the Warriors hope to make the Finals again this season, they will just need to repeat what they did on Wednesday.
Plus, the team was able to stop the Mavs’ most talented star, Luka Doncic.
Doncic put up 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists but he was shut down again and again by the smothering Warriors defense.
If the Warriors stick to this formula, success will be theirs.
However, no one should count out the Mavericks.
They have repeatedly shown that they can adapt and tweak their approach to teams.
Therefore, don’t be surprised if the Mavericks come out swinging in Game 2, even though it’ll once again be on the Warriors’ home court.
The Warriors know what they have to do.
The question now is will they get it done?