The Dynasty That Never Was? NBA Rivals See Cracks in Warriors’ Armor

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts at the end of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 115-108. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)David Zalubowski/Associated Press

Remember when the Golden State Warriors were destined to rule the NBA for the foreseeable future and win, to borrow a phrase, “not five, not six, not seven…” championships?

Ahh, such good times.

Forgive the past tense on that, uh, golden visage, but the injury machete that has lopped off the Warriors’ four All-Stars—Steph Curry (sprained knee), Kevin Durant (cracked ribs), Klay Thompson (fractured thumb) and Draymond Green (sore shoulder, contused pelvis)—has opposing coaches and executives revising their projections for just how long the franchise’s current run of three NBA Finals’ appearances will go. While the majority still consider them the favorite to repeat as champions and win their third title in four years this year, they all included a big if—as in if they’re healthy, including their two-time league MVP, Curry.

Not just on-the-floor healthy, either, but playing-at-full-capacity healthy.

“This may be the edge Houston needs,” one Western Conference scout said. “If [Curry] is not 100 percent, I mean.”

While Durant and Green returned Thursday night, and Thompson is expected back sometime in the

Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2767260-the-dynasty-that-never-was-nba-rivals-see-cracks-in-warriors-armor

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