In Midst of Historically Great Playoffs, Warriors Believe Best Is Yet to Come

SAN ANTONIO -- They swept their first two opponents in these playoffs and are up 2-0 on the third.

They've won 10 in a row, by an average of 17 points, including a 36-point rout the last time they took the court.

Maybe it's time the Warriors, whose 67-15 record in the regular season was the best in the NBA, finally ‘fess up.

Time to say that "peak" they spent months visualizing has arrived.

But, well, no.

"The good thing is we haven't played our best basketball," Andre Iguodala says. "I'm really looking forward to that."

Says Draymond Green: "I feel like we're moving in the right direction, but I still feel like we've got a lot of room to grow."

Keep in mind, as the Warriors prepare for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs, they have been, by every significant measure, the most impressive team in NBA playoffs history.

Of the 16 teams that entered these playoffs, the Warriors are first in points per game, first in field-goal percentage, first in field-goal percentage defense, first in assists, first in steals, second in rebounds and second in blocks.

They scoff, because they will not allow even the slightest expressions of contentment while still in the middle of this crusade.

"We're just trying to go out there and play," Kevin Durant says. "We're not coming out of the locker room saying let's win by 17, you know? Of course you want to win. That's the goal and you have to talk about it. But we just try to go out there each possession at a time and play good basketball each possession. We pay attention to the details and that brings success for us. So we've got to continue to be that way."

The Spurs, who in the regular season posted the second-best record in the league (61-21), are hoping some homecourt cooking and, perhaps, the return of All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard can slow this roll the Warriors are on. Leonard is expected to play in Game 3 despite the fact his sprained left ankle is nowhere near healed.

It's a lot to ask of a team already without starting point guard Tony Parker.

The Warriors closed the regular season by winning 15 of 16, with the only loss coming on a night when they rested Klay Thompson and didn't play Stephen Curry or Green in the fourth quarter of a game that was tied after three.

A quick mathematical conclusion: the Warriors since March 11 are 25-1, a win percentage of 96.2. Absurd.

And yet, there remains zero indication of satisfaction.

"We know any given night we could be beaten if we're not on our game," Durant says. "So I think we're confident enough to know that when we play well, we're pretty good. But we also know that when we're sluggish, we don't pay attention to the small details, we could be beaten any night."

The closest the Warriors have come to losing a game in these playoffs was a two-point win over the Spurs in Game 1. They sniffed and set their jaws and came out with a vengeance for Game 2, roaring to a 136-100 win.

When Portland came within six points (119-113) in Game 3 in the first round, the Warriors punished them with a 128-103 pounding in Game 4 to win the series.

"We've been playing pretty well," Green says. "We've kind of been in a groove throughout these playoffs, which obviously helps. But we have a goal. You're chasing that goal, and that goal isn't to have the largest margin of victory or whatever it is."

Asked if this was some sort of ruthless mission to get back to The Finals, Green was quick with a correction.

"No," he said, "it's to win The Finals."

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