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Who Can Beat The Warriors?

No, it’s not a trick question, but the answer just might be no one. With a lineup featuring four All-Star performers, the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors are in a class by themselves.

Want to beat them? Assemble a lineup that can match the Warriors on both ends of the floor. Much easier said than done and that is why no NBA team can beat the Golden State. Only the Warriors can beat the Warriors.

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There are a few teams that may be able to put up a good fight against head coach Steve Kerr’s squad. These teams cannot entirely match up with the Golden State Warriors stats, but they can come awful close. Can they beat the Warriors and claim an NBA title? Probably not, but if anyone can dethrone the 2016-17 champs it is the following.


The Rockets went 55-27 last season and earned the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs. What Houston lacked on defense last season – the Rockets finished 26th in points allowed per game – they have made up for with the offseason acquisition of point guard Chris Paul.

The six-time NBA steals leader also adds another element to an offense that was second behind Golden State in scoring. Paul plus James Harden makes for a potent offense. The problem is that Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza, while solid, are not Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.

The Spurs finished second in the Western Conference with a 61-21 record last season. Their chances at defeating the Warriors in the Western Conference finals went down the drain as soon as Kawhi Leonard went down with an injury.

The Spurs actually led Golden State by 21 points in Game 1 before Leonard sprained an ankle and the Warriors swept San Antonio in four games.

The Spurs have the defense – they were second in the NBA last year in points allowed per game – but an aging Tony Parker is no match for either Steph Curry or Klay Thompson. Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge present problems for the Warriors up front, but Golden State has a clear-cut advantage in guard play. Advantage Warriors.


The Cavs chances of beating Golden State in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals took a distinct turn for the worse when the organization traded away point guard Kyrie Irving. While Cleveland did get Isaiah Thomas in return, the former Celtic will probably not play until January.

That leaves the point guard duties to Derrick Rose who, at this point in his career, is no match for either Curry or Thompson. An aging Dwyane Wade is the two-guard and Kevin Love moves to center. It’s a two-All-Star lineup at best that just doesn’t match up to the four All-Stars in Oakland.

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The Clippers’ chances of beating Golden State went out the door when Paul packed his bags and moved on to Houston. Still, there is reason for hope. The Clips front line of DeAndre Jordan (12.7 ppg, 13.8 rpg) and Blake Griffin (21.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg) will give the Warriors fits.

The backcourt of Patrick Beverley and Austin Rivers? Not so much.

The Clippers will have one of the better benches in the NBA with new arrivals Montrezl Harrell and veteran Lou Williams, but that won’t make up for the lack of an answer to Golden State’s backcourt of Curry and Thompson. A likely first-round playoff exit, just like last season, is more than likely.

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