“I still feel that at full strength we can beat the Bucks,” Shue mentioned.
The Bucks outscored the Bullets by a mixed 49 factors, which this 12 months’s Warriors topped by outscoring the Cavaliers by 60. The high 4 is rounded out by the Boston Celtics, who swept by a margin of 41 factors in 1959, and the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983, who had a 40-point differential.
The relative lack of sweeps within the N.B.A. — in contrast, baseball has endured 21 sweeps of the World Collection, 13 of which got here after the N.B.A. was shaped — makes pretty simple work of attempting to match the sweeping groups. Including to the simplicity is the truth that the one N.B.A. crew to tug off a sweep twice is the Warriors, who swept the Washington Bullets in 1975 due to dominant play by Rick Barry.
This season’s Warriors, in comparison with the opposite sweepers, are notable in a number of regards past the margin of victory:
■ The statistics of offensive score, defensive score and internet score — which measure a crew based mostly on its factors, and factors allowed, per 100 possessions, giving extra context than simply uncooked factors — have been tracked far sufficient again to match all the sweeping groups since 1975. In that span, the Warriors’ offensive score of 124.6 is the perfect, beating the 120.6 of the Detroit Pistons in 1989. The Warriors’ defensive score of 111.6 is the second-worst, however due to all of their scoring, their internet score (the distinction between the offense and protection) of 16.1 demolished the earlier report of 10.1, which was set by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002.