Jazz GM: Warriors Don't Seem to Have ‘Tiger Woods Dominance' Anymore

In 2014-15, the Warriors went 67-15 and then won the title.

In 2015-16, they won an NBA single-season record 73 games before losing in Game 7 of the Finals.

In 2016-17, they went 67-15 again and won the championship again.

Last season, they captured back-to-back titles. But their win total dropped to 58 and they had to overcome a 3-2 deficit in the Western Conference Finals.

This year has been up-and-down thus far. Although the Dubs are in first place in the Western Conference, they have dropped six of 10. And many do not believe it's a foregone conclusion that a threepeat is automatic.

On Tuesday, Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey was a guest on The Woj Pod, and he made an interesting comment to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"What's been interesting this year is if you talk to any analytics guy from any team, the prediction of the result prior to the game has been harder to predict this year than ever before -- which in my opinion is great for the NBA league office because you know the blowback they get on that issue.

Four years ago, when Golden State started their dominance, it was almost like Tiger Woods on the Tour -- that dominance. He was gonna go win. You felt like he was gonna win every tournament for awhile.

"I think the whole league felt that way on Golden State. I still think Golden State is the favorite, there's no question, especially with their experience. They have the ability to turn it up in the most important moments. But that variance you described -- that delta between them and the next group of teams -- at least based upon the regular season results, the point differentials ... it looks like it could be a tournament this year.

"I still think Golden State is the best team and we're all kind of chasing them ... but I think we're in some store for some really compelling TV. And uncertainty around outcomes is always best for sports leagues."


Lindsey sounds like somebody who isn't convinced the Warriors are a sure bet to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy in June. And based on what has transpired this season both on and off the court, it's understandable why he feels this way.

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Kevin Durant is not playing on Wednesday night, and if the Warriors fall to the Rockets, their lead over Houston for the No. 1 seed in the West will be down to 2.5 games -- with the Rockets holding the tiebreaker.

It's going to be a crazy three-four months. Can the playoffs just get here already? 

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