“As Far as Steph Curry Takes Them”: Top NBA Analyst Breaks Down the Warriors’ Chances in 2021-22 Season

Published 09/21/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Feb 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kent Bazemore (26) and forward Juan Toscano-Anderson (95) and guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Draymond Green (23) during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


A new hope will fill the Chase Center in the 2021-22 season. For the Golden State Warriors, redemption is on the cards. Being known as a side that dominates its way to the dying end of the tournament, the past couple of years have been tumultuous for Stephen Curry and co. Injuries and inconsistency have plagued the side’s chances. However, they are all set to bounce back in the upcoming edition of the NBA.

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All of the Warriors’ mainstays missed out at some point of the past two seasons due to injuries. One of the key absentees was shooting-guard Klay Thompson. His long term injuries left Splash Brother partner Stephen Curry for a long duration. Nonetheless, he is now back to full fitness. Although the Warriors have been quite busy in the off-season, Curry still holds the key to Steve Kerr’s side doing well.

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NBA analyst feels Stephen Curry is irreplaceable for the Warriors

May 21, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

For a long time now, Curry has been the cog of the Warriors attack. The 33-year-old is one of the league’s top shooters, and can lead from the front. With Golden State going all out to acquire new talents in the off-season, the question arises of whether or not Curry still remains the go-to man. Top league analyst Tim Bontemps has laid out that the team’s success will still be determined by the 2-time MVP.

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“The Warriors are gonna go as far as Steph Curry takes them,” said Bontemps. “And if Steph Curry gets hurt, whether they have Avery Bradley or Isaiah Thomas on the roster, it’s not gonna make any difference in terms of whether they’re gonna sink or swim. If Steph misses 8-9 games like he did last year, Golden State’s gonna be really good. If he misses twice that many games or more, they’re gonna be in a lot of trouble. So I think this is one of those things where it’s obviously a need, but it’s one of those things that they’re not gonna find a replacement to do what Steph does anyway.”

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The GSW No.30 will set the Chase Center on fire again very soon. Provided the side finds its lost touch again, we can expect some fireworks. With a fully fit Curry, Thompson, Green and a returning Iguodala, the glory days may well be coming back soon for the Warriors!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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