The Warriors seem a little more vulnerable than they have in recent years. Some of their key players are in a slump, they've dealt with off-court chemistry issues, and they've been distracted by the future of Kevin Durant, who is up for free-agency this July.
Still, the Warriors are cut above the usual teams out West. Even in the midst of their struggles, they stand 2nd in the Conference with a 26-14 record. They still look scary.
Scarier still, they're been without one key peice that's finally close to his return.
After suffering a torn Achilles tendon last year with the Pelicans, DeMarcus worked to rehabilitate himself all offseason, only to receive no offers. Eventually, he and the Warriors made a one-year agreement, and he's been secretly gaining his strength in Oakland ever since.
It's easy to forget just how good Cousins was before he went down. He was averaging 25 points, 5.4 assists, and 12.9 rebounds per game during the 2017/18 campaign. Surely, he'll be able to make a difference in Golden State.
What we don't yet know is just how big that difference will be. It's nearly impossible to guess with the type of injury he has.
Good thing we won't have to wait much longer to find out.