After making five straight NBA Finals, winning three titles, and all kinds of other individual accolades, there are entering this season concerned about the state of the Golden State Warriors.
And, hey, I agree — this roster, as currently structured, is not going to contend for five straight Finals. They might have to fight for a playoff spot. They might have a long losing streak ... and one that we can’t easily dismiss in the face of the haters.
Yet in the wake of making a half-decade’s worth of Finals — after full decades of disappointments — I simply don’t have it in me to be pessimistic about a team led by a two-time MVP and elite defensive leader. Strangely, even though I don’t expect this team to even come close to contending for the Finals this year, I’m sort of excited for Steph Curry to prove what he can do without two of the greatest scorers of all-time by his side. Curry will have to put together some truly great performances for this team to comfortably make the playoffs and have a whole string of great performances for the team to advance deep into the postseason.
I’m just excited to see what Curry can do, whatever growing pains or hiccups come with it.
Expect lots of growing pains.— Eric Apricot (@EricApricot) October 24, 2019
In Kerr’s first year 2014, GSW opened with a new, potent but confused O. Mid-Nov, GSW had stupendous turnover games v PHX and SAS (25%, 20% of possessions ended w TO!!), so Kerr had to simplify the offense.
And that was with a veteran team...
Tonight, we see the first wrinkle that Warriors coach Steve Kerr will roll with this season: starting an opening night lineup that has yet to ever play together, including the return of center Kevon Looney.
Warriors opening night starting lineup— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 25, 2019
Around 20 minutes expected tonight for Kevon Looney, Kerr says. Five minute bursts. Missed entire preseason.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 25, 2019
Without even looking at the opponent’s lineup for tonight, it’s probably fair to say that there will be significant growing pains tonight. But the fun will be in seeing how the team works through them and how much Curry can do to get the team past the bump in the road.
I too wish that we could keep moving on that championship path, with or without the help of Kevin Durant. But this is what we have and the upside of uncertainty in sports is that it provides the opportunity to be surprised. That’s all I’m hoping for this season.