With the powers of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green, the Golden State Warriors were dominating on a scale we hadn't seen since MJ's Bulls.
At their best, they won 73 games in a season, made 5 straight trips to the Finals, and won 3 NBA Championships. They were on top of the basketball world.
Suddenly, and almost without warning, all of it came crumbling down.
At the start of the postseason, DeMarcus Cousins was ruled out with a torn ACL, and then signed with the Lakers in the summer. In the last six games alone, the Dubs have gone from Championship contenders to lottery chasers. On June 10th, Durant ruptured his Achilles in Game 5 of the Finals, marking his final moments as a member of the Warriors. On the 13th, the following game, Klay Thompson tore his ACL and was ruled out for the upcoming season.
Months later, in the season debut, the Warriors opened with a loss to the Clippers, giving up a franchise-record 141 points. They lost to Oklahoma City (a rebuilding team) in the second game by 28. And, finally, earlier this week, their franchise star and face Stephen Curry broke his hand -- he is expected to miss months.
The Warriors have essentially lost everything. Draymond is the sole remaining member of the core that dominated the league five years ago. DeMarcus, Klay, Steph, and Durant are all currently off the roster either from leaving the team or by injury.
Just a year ago, we were all thinking that the Dubs would be competing for years to come. That plan has gone off the rails a bit.
How the mighty have fallen...