What a difference a game makes

By The Economist online

THE 2015-16 National Basketball Association (NBA) post-season was supposed to be more of a coronation than a competition. The Golden State Warriors broke the 20-year-old record held by Michael Jordan‘s best Chicago Bulls team for wins in a regular season, and marched through the first two rounds of the playoffs with relative ease—even though Stephen Curry, who on May 11th became the first player in league history to win the Most Valuable Player award by a unanimous vote, missed most of the games with injuries. Moreover, Golden State’s most formidable rival, the San Antonio Spurs, suffered an upset loss in the second round, ensuring that the Warriors would not have to face another juggernaut before reaching the finals.

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