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Golden State Warriors fall short of high expectations this season

Two years ago, the Golden State Warriors could only dream of a 51-win regular season and back-to-back playoff appearances. Now that kind of success is expected — not celebrated.

On the surface, the Warriors completed the franchise's best two-season stretch in 20 years. They overcame injuries that sidelined key players — including center Andrew Bogut in the playoffs — and took the Clippers to a decisive seventh game in the opening round, losing 126-121 on Saturday night in Los Angeles to end a series overshadowed by the comments of the Clippers owner.