Now that the 2016-17 NBA regular season is over with and the Western Conference standings are set, we can finally turn our attention to the postseason.
For the third season in a row, the Warriors enter the playoffs with the best record in the NBA. They are the overwhelming favorites to beat a Trail Blazers team in the first round that scrapped and clawed their way to the No. 8 seed. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are having their best seasons yet, but they don’t have quite enough firepower to take down a Warriors team featuring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant.
Because all eyes were on the revamped Warriors and Durant in the Cheap Kids NBA Jerseys early going, Pachulia found himself taking on more criticism than he had in his life.
I have never been on a team where expectations were so high, he said. This is the first time in my career, even though I have been on good teams. This is a totally different animal, right? Everyone is expecting a championship and nothing less. Also, the Warriors are a really hot topic all over the world — a lot of fans, a lot of eyes, a lot of media. Our fans, and opponents’ fans as well, they Cheap Kings Jerseys pay a lot of attention to us. This team had played so well, they had gone to two Finals, with a certain roster.
Here I am, coming and replacing Andrew Bogut, who was a fan favorite here. Coming here, people were looking, they had seen me play for different teams. But they were looking at, ‘OK, what is he going to do, he is going to replace Andrew Bogut?’