It will be good. It will be good. It will be good. At least, that’s what Golden State Warriors fans are telling themselves this season. Currently sitting at 14-15, Steph Curry and Co. are 10th in the West, right on the bubble for playoffs.
Even after Draymond Green punched Jordan Poole in the faceand it was unclear Klay Thompson still the same NBA player, I questioned Dubs.
It’s like asking if the Patriots will win the AFC East with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Until proven otherwise, give it to the team most likely to run go for a run
However, with Golden State, it looks like we’re approaching the point of no return. Curry is the only Warrior to average more than 20 (or 30) points per game, and now he out for a few weeks with a shoulder injury. The scoring now falls to Thompson and Poole, but both are making 13 of their 31 attempts per game, good for 42 percent shooting.
The young players have not performed as expected, and with each loss to the Pacers, it becomes more and more difficult to believe that Golden State will reach the NBA Finals or even the Conference Finals.
Without Curry, the offense is going to be out of the top three. Perhaps the bottom four the defense will improve, but Steve Kerr can’t be depended on on both sides of the ball right now. And that’s the crux of the problem facing the defending champions.
Golden State needs to maintain its identity the same way it did when Thompson was out last season. well Steph is the offensive identity of the team this season and Thompson and Poole will have to carry the load. That’s what Klay gets for $40 million, and that’s what Jordan got the extension for.
All the hype we heard about Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody can’t be just hype. The production has to be there, and while we’re at it, James Wiseman’s 19 and 10 in the G League will go a long way in the real league, even if it’s 14 and 8.
Kerr will have to adjust his scheme. It might be perfect for Curry, but there’s only one Steph, and she’s not here right now.
We praise other coaching staffs for creating a system to get the best out of their skill list, and that’s the only connection I have with Kerr. Not everyone is equipped to handle AP Physics, and as much as it looks like teaching elementary school kids, we’ve seen teams overcome the basics.
The West may not be so heavy, but it’s still deep, and it won’t be easy to climb the leaderboards when everyone in front of you isn’t sucking. Warriors fans can no longer take solace in the “It’ll be OK” mantra. It would be nice if they had a basis for conceding, not inventing.