For the past several seasons, one of the most exciting teams in the NBA has continued to be the Golden State Warriors. The Golden State Warriors have won three straight western conference championships and have won the NBA title in two of those seasons. The team, which is led by a variety of dynamic offensive players including Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson, has continued to be dominant and break a variety of scoring records.
While the Warriors are once again poised to move on to the playoffs, the team looks like they may have more competition than ever before to make it back to the NBA Finals. With only about 10 games left in the regular season, the Warriors sit about 3 games back of the first-place Houston Rockets. The Rockets have been led all year by starting guard James Harden, who also looks like a favorite to win the NBA MVP award.
As the Warriors end the regular season, they will have a number of very challenging games. One of these games occurred earlier this week when they played in a very tough game against the San Antonio Spurs (https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/20/golden-state-warriors-scores-highlights-san-antonio-spurs-news-injuries-stephen-curry-draymond-green-kevin-durant-joe-lacob/). The Spurs, who have also been a top team in the conference for nearly 20 years, have continued to find ways to slow the Warriors down. This past game was no different as the Warriors ended up losing by a score of 83-75, which is one of the lowest point totals that the team has had in a very long time.
Part of the reason why the team struggled was due to the fact that the team was recovering from a lot of different injuries. Four of the typical starters on the team did not play, including Curry and Durant. This left players Draymond Green and Quinn Cook to try and carry the load. While they both put forth a lot of effort, they were outmatched the whole game.
While the game is not necessarily a great indication of how the team will perform down the stretch due to the amount of players that were out of the game, it does show that they may not be as deep as they were in prior years. The Warriors will need to continue to rely on their top stars in order to succeed in the playoffs