It was clear before the season started that the Golden State Warriors would participate in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. A team with four All-NBA players is virtually guaranteed of it barring an injury apocalypse — even the endlessly messy 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers made it — and the Warriors have certainly avoided that disappointment on their way to the best record in the league.
Nevertheless, it’s news when a team clinches a playoff berth in late February. And that’s especially true when it’s the earliest clinch in NBA history.
The Warriors beat the visiting Brooklyn Nets 112-95 on Saturday night at Oracle Arena, improving their record to 49-9. With the ninth-place Sacramento Kings at 25-34 and 24 1/2 games back, the Warriors are mathematically assured of a top-eight finish in the Western Conference. They have now bested their ownRead More »from The Warriors just clinched the earliest playoff berth in NBA history