It was an instant hit on Twitter. Now, we're not even the smallest team out there a lot of the nights in the regular season.
A Spurs team without their star Kawhi Leonard seemed to be the best match up for the Stephen Curry-less Warriors; the red-hot Utah Jazz (16-4 in their last 20) pummeled the Warriors by 40 points in the last game of the regular season and blew them out once again, by 30 points, earlier in the season. 15 of those teams won the National Basketball Association championship.
All season long, the Warriors would pace themselves.
The report would mean that Curry's initial goal of being ready during the first round will not be met, something that coincides with Kerr's comments yesterday.
"We're still us. Don't worry".
In those plans, Green was a solid reserve, but hardly a focal point - Kerr liked Green plenty, but David Lee was the Warriors' other star player and the team's starter at power forward. But as they say, the playoffs is when the real season begins. Andre Iguodala is dealing with left knee soreness and it is questionable if he will play in Game 1.
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"The examination indicated that Stephen has made steady functional progress since the injury and, as a result, he will intensify his on-court rehabilitation in the coming days, which w ill include more running and lateral movement", according to a release issued by the Warriors. Their biggest addition was "Point God" Chris Paul, who paired with all-star James Harden to form the best backcourt in the league - except for, arguably, the Warriors' duo of Curry and Klay Thompson. Despite Houston's success this season, Golden State is still the team to beat.
Players greeted losses with relative indifference as Kerr preached that the only antidote for a "championship hangover" is patience. Before Game 4, there were grumbles as the Warriors breezed through Games 1 and 2 at home and stole Game 3 on the road to take a 3-0 lead. And that was before they had Kevin Durant. "It really activates them to get ready for the game". But when you have the shortest turnaround in league history and hear all offseason that you can't be beaten, you're going to have to battle complacency.
- If they lost to Cleveland, it would be a disappointment. "It all compounds further when you endure injuries and turmoil". But the Warriors' defense, which has been the main area of concern when it comes to "flipping the switch", will be imperative in this series. Houston clinched the top seed in the conference. "I think I've done a pretty good job", Green said with a smile. It is sports, after all.
"I'm about showing my teammates what I can do, working every single day and trying to be the hardest worker", Durant said. Golden State came back to win that game and sweep the final three games.
Not that the Warriors can dare to assume anything. "And that's something you don't want to give them, Taking care of the ball and taking good shots is very, very important".
So for his own reassurance, Myers turns to Kerr. We got the experience and know what it takes. "To be honest, I'm always asking him what we should expect". I said, 'Great.' He goes and does his stuff, and we continue to prepare. "It's not scripted. Nobody can spoil the movie for you because nobody knows how the movie is going to end".