Every time someone has asked whether I was surprised about the Golden State Warriors' performance this year, I have not only answered in the affirmative but also felt deep down that this team was overachieving.

Winning without center Andrew Bogut. Winning the series with the Lob City Clippers 3-1. Taking their talents to South Beach and beating the Miami Heat. All sorts of milestones that hadn't been reached since Chris Webber's rookie year.

These were things weren't supposed to happen and, since we don't normally get to have nice things, I didn't take any of it for granted - I appreciated every moment and was just happy to be watching crisp, winning basketball. In fact, I definitely recall boldly proclaiming to at least one person that, "No matter what happens for the rest of the season, this year has to be considered an overwhelming success."