We’ll start with the obvious. The Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns face off in a Game 7 to see who will compete against the Dubs in the Western Conference Finals.
Game planning for individual superstars
Golden State would probably love to play Dallas. While Luka Doncic is special. Warriors are no strangers to game-planning for single, individual superstars. They won’t stop Luca. But they would put an enormous amount of pressure on the “others” to conquer Dallas.
As of now, the supporting cast of Mavs is progressing in a big way. Which made them one of the NBA’s Cinderella teams. But, the Cinderella story eventually has to come to an end and the Warriors will be happy to bet on themselves in this matter.
a clean track record
Facing the Phoenix wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. After all, the Dubs have a clean track record against teams led by Chris Paul. However, they didn’t have to engage the likes of Devin Booker and Michal Bridges who admired Paul’s skills — and Deandre Ayton’s investigation would make this potential series a headache for everyone at the Golden State.
OK, what about Milwaukee and Boston? If the Miami Heat manages to represent the Eastern Conference anyway, the first game of the day may not impress the 7 Warriors at all. Still, the dubs should probably root for Boston.
Top of the Golden State wish list
It’s simple, really. Do the Warriors think they have the personnel to stop a furious Giannis Antetokounmpo? Maybe not. Avoiding the defending champs should be at the top of the Golden State wish list.
Sadly, facing Boston will not be much easier. The Celtics’ defense had already stunned Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. If they can close out a series on Milwaukee it will be a formidable challenge for the Warriors to overcome in the NBA Finals.
Sampdoria survived Serie A on Sunday after Inter Milan beat Cagliari, which is probably a good thing, as Bluecarchiatti will not have the extra edge that a relegation fight can offer a team. They’ve lost their last 10 games – their only wins in that period coming against Venezia and Genoa – so it’s not like they were digging deep to stay in the top flight; They’ve been pretty disappointing, honestly, and now they’re just playing for pride.
Despite all the stumbles (losses to Venezia and Salernitana, heavy losses to Torino and Udinese) Fiorentina would win a place in the Conference League if they could take all 3 points here. Although it looked like they were falling into the worst of times, with 3 straight losses to Salernitana, Udinese, and AC Milan, an unexpected win over AS Roma last week, and some favorable results this week mean it really does. Or should they die now?
Manager Vincenzo Italiano will not have CM Gaetano Castrovili or LW Riccardo Sutil, but RB lvaro Odriozola may be available to start. It would normally be 4-3-3, with the Spaniard’s availability likely to be the main question mark. If he cannot leave, Lorenzo Venuti will reprise his normal role, with the rest of the squad written in stone, aside from the usual brawls of Riccardo Saponara or Jonathan Iacon on the left-wing.