1. Golden State
First round: defeated Houston, 4-1.
First round: defeated the Clippers, 4-2.
Season series: Warriors, 3-1
Key stats: Even with Stephen Curry missing Games 4 and 5 in the opening round, the Warriors won those two games by an average of 30 points per game to eliminate Houston, showing that they have a lot more going for them than just Curry. Damian Lillard hit the Warriors for an average of 36.5 points and 6.5 assists per game in the four regular-season encounters.
Outlook: Every conversation will eventually veer back to Curry and when his...