The Golden State Warriors are in the midst of an interesting year.
Before the season started, many thought the team would reclaim its place atop the NBA hierarchy with a fully healthy Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Then the latter went down with an injury and the front office scrambled to throw a band-aid over the problem.
This led to an $82 million error in judgement in the form of Kelly Oubre Jr.
Oubre has been unimpressive in his inaugural campaign with Golden State, forcing Curry to shoulder most of the burden of carrying the team.
Currently Golden State is 23-25 – good for 10th in the Western Conference.
This week, head coach Steve Kerr got very blunt about the his team’s playoff chances.
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“We’re right in the thick of it, and 24 games is actually a lot when you’re talking about being within a game either in front or behind of teams that are within your group,” Kerr said.
“There should be a sense of urgency because this is the stretch run, but there is time for us to get it going. But it’s just cheap talk if we don’t actually play like it. We can’t turn it over, and we can’t keep fouling jump-shooters.”
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While Kerr’s attitude is admirable, regardless of whether the Warriors make the playoffs or not, this season feels like a lost cause. The franchise’s championship hopes are dead for 2021, and now it’s just a matter of what the future holds.
If Curry remains in the Bay then obviously all they need is for Thompson to get healthy, but it’s not a lock that he will. LeBron James reportedly tried recruiting him to the Los Angeles Lakers recently, and the attempt was regarded as legitimate enough to warrant an official response from the Warriors.
Will Golden State ultimately be able to reclaim their position atop the NBA hierarchy? It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon.