While the Western Conference playoff order has been set for a while, the Eastern Conference went down to the final day of the regular season. The Pacers and Bulls punched their tickets to the postseason with wins against the Hawks and Nets respectively, and the Celtics held on to the No. 1 seed with a victory over the Bucks. That matched the Bulls up with the Celtics, the Pacers up with the Cavaliers and the Hawks with the Wizards, leaving the Raptors facing the Bucks in perhaps the most interesting first-round matchup.
But in talking about how this season went, he admitted it was not always a pleasure cruise.
If you look at what the roster was that was gathered together from the summer, obviously you had to be excited, Pachulia said. This team has been like a motor, playing really well, everything fitting, being on the same page. But to get this point, there was a lot of practice time, a lot of film sessions, a lot of work, so it took some time for us to get on the same page and play basketball like the Warriors, play Warriors basketball.
We were winning games with our talent, but to get where we were feeling good about our game and our chemistry, obviously it took some time. Even with the best players, there are going to be a lot of mistakes before you finally start playing beautiful basketball.
More than that, Pachulia heaped pressure onto himself. The Warriors struggled defensively early, especially protecting the middle — the job Cheap Kids Jerseys that had Cheap Jordan Jerseys been handled by since-departed center Andrew Bogut — a much-discussed topic among fans and media in Northern California and nationwide. After the first two weeks of the year, the team was four points per game worse with Pachulia on the floor than off.