The Golden State Warriors dropped their 11th game of the year falling to the Utah Jazz 108-105…AND IT’S ALL OVER! Of course we jest but it’s hard not to feel like something is fundamentally wrong when the Dubs aren’t steamrolling every team in the league on a nightly basis. But here are some things to consider:
1) In the 2015-2016 season, the Warriors lost nine games during the regular season. Nine games. NINE GAMES! No NBA team has ever held their losses to single digits and there’s a good chance no team will ever do it again (especially after GS handed the championship to LeBron). Think about this for a second – the San Francisco 49ers lost more games that year and only played 16! So when the Warriors lose 11 before the mid-way point, it definitely feels like the sky is falling.
2) The bench is just not the same. Over the course of the Warriors championships in 2015, 2017 and 2018, the only constant coming off the bench has been Andre Iquadala. And Shaun Livingston. Harrison Barnes? Gone. JaVale McGee? Gone. Ian Clark? Gone. Now, the Warriors are relying on a very young bench with guys like Quinn Cook, Jordan Bell and Alfonzo McKinnie. The bench used to build on the starter’s lead. Now they are giving up a few making the jobs of the starters a bit harder when they return in the 4th. Look for that to change as the Dubs solidify their bench work.
3) No Swaggy. Let’s face it, despite the efforts of Curry and Green and Play and Durant, Nick Young was the glue that held the Warriors together. Without Swaggy P, the Dubs are just another team fighting in the West 🙂
All kidding aside, the Warriors will do what we’ve seen them do every year and that’s win when it counts. It will definitely be a tough playoff path in the West but we think they’ll be just fine come spring.