The Golden State Warriors did complete justice to their name only when they entered the 2014-15 season. Prior to that, they had qualified for the playoffs just thrice in 20 long years. The city was crying for a paradigm shift that began with the signing of coach Steve Kerr.
Once that happened, the Warriors became the Gladiators and outshone every other franchise in the NBA for five straight years. They won three championships and narrowly lost two. Warriors’ Steph Curry remained a key element in that success.
Recently, Curry gave interview where he revealed how emotions gripped him while he was watching the NBA Finals 2020. He expressed, “It was hard to watch, but I did. It’s a little bit of everything. It’s me missing the game and just being a fan of the game and just wanting to watch good basketball. It is a little scouting, in terms of what we need to go into next year to get back to being one of those two teams playing in the Finals.”
The 3-time Champion further added, “It’s a little nostalgia, too. We went five years in a row and I know the backdrop in Orlando was different, but it’s still the NBA Finals. And any basketball junkie, whether you’re a player or a fan, tuning into that, it’s good basketball, and it kinda gets you going.”
GSW’s world was turned upside down after the 2019 NBA Finals loss against the Raptors. If not for the injuries of Klay Thompson (torn ACL), Stephen Curry (broken left hand), and Draymond Green (left index finger), chances were high that they would have entered their sixth straight finals. Even Kevon Looney came back late from his hamstring issues. As a result, they went down to the tail end which awarded them James Wiseman in the lottery this year.
Steph Curry had earlier expressed in another interview that he wanted the GSW to come down strongly on the Lakers. He sounded hungry and desperate to make a strong case that they could again be the same-old disruptive side. Surely, Klay Thompson’s latest injury while practicing has raised questions on their strength, but Steph is positive that they’re ready.
Apart from the key names, they will have Jordan Poole and Kelly Oubre Jr to take them farther into the 2020-21 season. Kelly is carrying the burden of stepping into the shoes of Klay when he is not around. The former Suns player will have to upgrade his game if he wants to make a similar impact with Steve Kerr’s men.
Do you think the Warriors can go back to their old rhythm?
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