If you want to try and find an honest-to-goodness NBA player for Tuesday’s Warrior Wonder, then be my guest. The Golden State Warriors got manhandled by the Utah Jazz, and lost their season finale by 40 points. And if we’re being honest, it wasn’t as close as the score suggests.
Surely, you must say, someone stepped up, despite the drubbing? Well . . . no.
Klay Thompson led the team with 23 points, but needed 27 shots to get there. Kevin Durant had a role player-esque 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. Draymond Green had more turnovers than points, rebounds, assists, steals, or blocks.
Jordan Bell led the team in plus/minus, at a whopping +1.
So yeah. The options are minimal.
Instead of giving the Warrior Wonder to a player, it’s going to the team for making it through game number 82 without suffering any more injuries.
Staying as healthy as possible
The Warriors knew they were entering the playoffs without Stephen Curry and Patrick McCaw, who have both suffered somewhat serious injuries this spring.
They’ve only gotten one game out of Andre Iguodala this month, while Shaun Livingston has been in and out of the lineup.
In other words, they’re not exactly starting the season as a shining beacon of good health.
Of course, the Dubs injuries aren’t exclusive to the ones they’re currently dealing with. Durant, Thompson, Green, and Bell have all missed serious time this season due to various ailments, as did Omri Casspi before he was cut. Not wanting to miss out on the fun, David West has missed a chunk of time as well.
So you can forgive Warriors fans for holding their breath as the team entered their final game with nothing to play for. It seemed destined that the team would find another way to get the doctors involved with the team.
Thankfully, it didn’t happen.
Not everyone was so lucky
If you need further proof as to how big of a win this was for the Warriors, just look around the league. The Houston Rockets - who already have the top seed locked up, and have nothing to play for - lost a key player in Luc Mbah a Moute, who dislocated his shoulder during Tuesday’s game.
After MRI this morning, Houston's Luc Mbah A Moute is likely to miss first-round of playoffs with dislocated right shoulder, league source tells ESPN. For now, there's no clear timetable on return.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 11, 2018
The Warriors had a brief scare of their own, when Durant fell and landed awkwardly. After staying on the ground for a while in visible discomfort, Durant got back to his feet and appeared fine.
Kevin Durant crashed hard on lob pass, grabbing at his hip. Staying in, but Kerr mentioned if anyone got banged up tonight, he'd have a quick trigger.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 11, 2018
Still, Kerr managed to put a serious scare in all of us when he let his players see the court for a bit too long.
The Warriors are down 39. There are only 18 minutes left in the season. Game 1 is this weekend. Injuries are already an issue. There is literally zero reason to have KD/Klay/Draymond on the court another second.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 11, 2018
....Klay Thompson is checking back in the game.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 11, 2018
It seemed a bit reckless, but ultimately, there were no ramifications.
The Warriors will enter the playoffs with no more injuries than they entered yesterday’s game with. 40-point loss or not, that’s good enough for the Warrior Wonder in my book.
Who was your Warrior Wonder in the loss to the Jazz?
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