Despite their historic collapse in the 2016 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors are 7-4 favorites to win it all next year, so says Westgate SuperBook.
The newly-crowned Cleveland Cavaliers are next at 5-2, followed by the San Antonio Spurs at 6-1 and Oklahoma City Thunder at 8-1.
The Dubs remains confident that they’ll be in a position to challenge for a title in 2017.
Per the AP:
By falling short of the title, the Warriors will now be part of a debate they hoped to avoid: the best teams that failed to win a championship. […] Golden State joins the 18-0 New England Patriots that lost the Super Bowl in 2008, the 116-win Seattle Mariners that fell in the 2001 AL championship series and the 68-win Boston Celtics that lost in the Eastern Conference finals in 1973 as great regular season teams that couldn’t get it done in the postseason.
“We had a goal at the beginning of the year to repeat, and that goal we failed,” forward Draymond Green said. “But I don’t look at this entire season as a failure because there’s been too many great things that happened.”
“This is why you can’t mess around,” (Steve) Kerr said. “Not that we messed around, but this is why every game counts. Game 5 was really the key. That was the turning point of the whole series.” […] “It’s going to be a long three months over the summer thinking about it,” (Stephen) Curry said. “But that doesn’t mean we can’t put this as another little unfortunate notch in the belt and move forward and come back stronger next year.”