Well, on the bright side, I guess it’s good that all of our main players are getting plenty of rest as we approach the playoffs... That’s the best spin I could come up with folks, in all seriousness, this is a tough way to drag through the end of the regular season.
The Golden State Warriors are going to do their best against a surprisingly good Indiana Pacers team, led by equally surprising Victor Oladipo. But honestly, it’s not looking good for what’s left of Golden State - who find themselves as the underdog for the second straight game.
Injury update - pretty much everyone has everything hurt
It’s almost comical at this point. The official Warriors PR twitter account doesn’t even list everything out anymore, likely due to Twitter’s character limit preventing the entire treatise from fitting within the platform’s allowed 280. But here it is anyways:
Injury updates for tonight's game vs. Indiana: pic.twitter.com/GwPMHVf7LL— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) March 27, 2018
There is a brightening light at the end of the tunnel (and no, I swear that it’s not actually an incoming train!): Draymond Green was ok to return from his shoulder injury, but it’s now a flu and sore throat that’s holding him out now.
Similarly, Kevin Durant has looked very good in practice, even scrimmaging with big men yesterday - so his return is likewise imminent. Right now, it’s extremely possible that both Durant and Green could return as early as Thursday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
“Regular season or playoffs, we can beat anybody without Steph”
- Steve Kerr, delusional genius
Not too long ago, Durant made some headlines when he stated the simple fact that Stephen Curry is our system. In other words, the entire offense is built around having him on the court - pulling defenders with him wherever he goes and opening up the court for his team. Coach Steve Kerr went full crazy the other day, going in the opposite direction and saying that the team is good enough to beat anyone - even without Curry.
Without Steph, it’s going to require more than just additional effort and focus; the Warriors need to reinvent themselves. Without Steph, KD, Klay, and Draymond the Warriors not only need to reinvent themselves, they’ll need to redefine what’s possible in the NBA. Because objectively, it doesn’t seem like they have a chance in hell of winning this game tonight. Maybe Quinn Cook can save us?