The Rise and Fall of The Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are an NBA team in San Francisco, as a part of the Western Conference Pacific Division. The Warriors are well known for making it to the NBA finals, the annual championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Eastern and Western Conference champions play a best of seven-game series to determine the league champion. The Warriors have been in the finals for five consecutive years and have only lost two of them.

 

In 2015, following their first-ever NBA Finals win, Stephen Curry won MVP and an award for the Most Improved Player. After blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals in 2016, the Warriors reloaded with a four-time scoring champion, Kevin Durant during the 2017 off-season. With Curry and Durant being on the same team, it was considered to be overkill with both averaging together 52.1 points per game across the three seasons they were together. They were to be considered the most lethal offensive duos in league history. A core of Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant was one of the best teams in the league and had in fact broken the league. Later on, we then get to see DeMarcus cousins a four-time All-star signed with Warriors on a one-year $5.3 million deal. As the team was really good there was a horrific downfall with a series of horrible events of injuries.

 

The first-ever cause of this downfall was when DeMarcus’s cousin began with a quad injury early in the 2018 NBA playoffs. The four-time All-star had been suffering all season to recover from his Achilles injury. Shortly after, Durant fell with a calf injury during a game against the Houston Rockets. This put Durant on hold until Game 5 of the Finals only playing 13 minutes in the game before he ruptured his Achilles tendon. The bad luck kept hitting the Warriors, as in the 2018 NBA Finals going against the Toronto Raptors Klay Thompson fell with a torn ACL. As the Warriors fell, the Toronto Raptors took their chance to strike and won their first-ever Championship. A few weeks later Durant has made his official departure from the franchise, though the addition of D’Angelo Russell gave the Warriors fans hope for the upcoming season, this hope was short-lived. Stephen Curry was injured in only five games into the season going against the suns when Aaron Baynes fell on Curry’s hand and fractured it. Curry is expected to recover in three months and some are saying he might miss the rest of the season. This is leaving only two borderline All-star players, D’Angelo Russell and Draymond Green.

 

So far the Warriors have been unlucky with injuries throughout the 2018-2019 season and somewhat of 2019-2020 season. The season has been turning out rough for The Warriors as their record is 5-21 with a recent loss to the New York Knicks. We are yet to see what D’Angelo and Curry can do.

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