OAKLAND – This Warriors season was anything but typical.
The Warriors entered the squad with so much talent in the 2017/18 season that there were preseason discussions challenging their own season record this year.
That did not happen, of course. Instead, the Warriors were consistently undercut by dislocating basketball and injuries. The result: the worst Warriors season in the Steve Kerr era and the # 2 in the Western Conference playoffs.
The last few weeks have been particularly frightening for the Warriors. The losses have also increased as injuries have increased – after Thursday's loss to the Bucks, Golden State lost three games in a row and seven of their last ten. And as conditions ease, Warriors worst form for years. and it comes in the last leg of the regular season.
And yet, even without Stephen Curry, who is up to two weeks out with at least a sprained MCL in his left knee, the Warriors are confident that they have the talent and experience to beat any team in the NBA playoff -Time.
That could be the case ̵
Because on Thursday, when Durant and Green were back in the line-up, the warriors did not look like a team going through the competition, the postseason comes.
The loss to the Bucks brought with it many of the issues that have hampered the warriors all year round, and that should be late cause serious concern in the season.
Thursday was Durants and Green & # 39; s first game after injury, and both players needed some time to get used to the speed of the game, but both made it back after an early break.
But at the same time, the Warriors enthusiastically turned the ball around-challenging the super-long, Super-Switching Bucks defense with lazy or ill-advised passes that could not lift Milwaukee's athletes and take the other route. That, combined with less than stellar half-court defense and a good shooting night for Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe (23 of 29), was a recipe for disaster for Golden State.
Without curry, the main focus of the warriors was the limitation of sales and the better defense of the halffields. Golden State may be without Thompson – an elite defender – but they have failed dramatically against a solid playoff team. Golden State shot the ball more than 14 times in the first half and allowed Milwaukee to shoot 55
Worse, the Warriors can not compare the poor performance to a game against a team that's causing them problems – the Warriors have one The sharp decline in assists and average recorded 14 per game sales in the last eight competitions and are tied for the fourth-worst defensive field goal percentage in the league over the last 10 games.
And the warriors do not have much time to lock up and build some positive momentum in these areas before the start of the season.
Thursday's game also saw Durant ejected with two seconds in the second quarter. [Ray Chavez / Bay Area News Group] In addition to injury and sloppy game, the Warriors were also emotionally sloppy this season – especially against officials. Durant's less than friendly language earned him his fifth spurt of the season – the highest score in the NBA this season and a career high for him far and wide.
The Warriors have fought with their emotions and in dealing referees all season, but the theme was most dazzling at the beginning of the year. Is this bad attitude coming back? The Warriors downplayed Thursday's incident, and there are many reasons to believe that it was a one-time thing (this was the fifth time this year), but whatever infected the Warriors who made them referees this year If you come back, it can not come at a worse time.
The Warriors must master their game as well as their emotions when entering the playoffs. Right now it seems that they are 0-for-2.
Kevin Durant just stretched out for curse from Ref pic.twitter.com/UcaCszvnrq
– gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 30, 2018
Finally, the Warriors were able to leave on Thursday not to escape injury. Boy, what a game it was.
Andre Iguodala left the competition on Thursday with a sore left knee. When I see him "running" in front of the dressing room of the Warriors after the game, I simply say that Iguodala's knee hurts for sure. He made it clear to me that in spite of what I had thought, he did not limp. In addition, I have no comment, except to say that a child, also in the hall, with a loud voice to Iguodala and me our brief back and forth said: "Why did he go like this?"
Kerr effectively governs Iguodala, who has played his best basketball of the season since the Warriors returned from the All-Star break, on Saturday against the Kings. I would be shocked if he played.
So, while Durant and Green are back and Thompson is not far behind them, losing the 2015 NBA Finals MVP for more than one or two games would be a big hit to the Warriors, who currently look nothing if not beatable ,
Maybe that's going to change – maybe Golden State, no matter who's healthy in Durant, Green and Thompson, can just turn the proverbial switch when the postseason starts and turn into the world conquerors Kerr thinks they can could be.
But would not it be easier for the Warriors to simply increase their level playing in the next two weeks? Stack solid performances on top of each other and find their best shape when the postseason starts?
The latter option sounds like the safer game, no?
Golden State could be the team to beat even without Curry. But we did not see any testimony about that statement in 2018, and they do not have time to show us that – despite everything that has gone down in the last few weeks – everything is going well at the playoff time.