The Golden State Warriors are 12-0 in the NBA Playoffs after handling the Spurs in a series sweep. The 1989 and 2001 Lakers teams started 11-0 in the postseason, but no team has achieved what the Warriors have done thus far in the playoffs.

Following the Western Conference finals sweep, Pau Gasol gushed about the talent of the Warriors and the level they're operating on.

"They're in a groove," Gasol told the Mercury News. "They know what it takes to win and obviously they've been champions, they've established records that have never been set before and they're on a path to get another championship. In all my years in the league, they're playing at the highest level right now."

That is high praise from anyone but especially from Gasol, who won two NBA titles with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010. Those teams went a combined 8-4 in the two NBA Finals appearances led by Gasol and the great Kobe Bryant.

Given the way the Warriors are playing -- winning 12 straight playoff games by an average margin of 16.3 points -- it's safe to say Gasol's lofty praise is warranted. So far, no one can hold a candle to the Warriors, and only one team -- either the Celtics or Cavaliers -- stands in the way of Golden State avenging its NBA Finals loss from a year ago.