It’s too early to panic for the Warriors

Feb 28, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) lies on the court after being fouled against the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 112-108. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) lies on the court after being fouled against the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 112-108. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Golden State Warriors lost Kevin Durant and then two consecutive games, but it’s way too early to even consider panicking.

The Golden State Warriors lost Kevin Durant. Then, for the first time in over two years, they lost consecutive regular season games. They look human.

Stephen Curry is in the worst shooting slump of his career. Klay Thompson isn’t far behind him. Draymond Green is trying to find balance between being a strong emotional leader and letting his emotions get the best of him.

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Matt Barnes, at 36, has been signed to keep things afloat for the Dubs. Patrick McCaw is no longer a rookie with inconsistent minutes; he’s a starter. JaVale McGee is feuding with TV analysts and Hall of Famers.

Meanwhile, LeBron James is having another MVP season. The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed former Warriors center Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams. This is, of course, after they traded for Kyle Korver who has been lights out.

Golden State is on a tough road trip that everyone knew would test them. No one expected Durant to go down. No one could have guessed the Splash Brothers would struggle as much as they have lately. And yet, here we are.

The Warriors were supposed to be these unstoppable giants of basketball. Prior to the season opener, they were perhaps the only team in history who were legitimately hearing the number “82” get floated around. Even after the San Antonio Spurs walloped the Dubs on Opening Night, they looked poised to break their own record of 73-9.

Golden State now has 11 losses at the beginning of March. They’re down a superstar free agent acquisition and their best player is playing like something’s wrong with him. There’s discord.

The Super Villains don’t seem so mighty. The Super Death Lineup has been broken up. What was once a foregone conclusion is now a pipe dream–the Warriors’ championship hopes are in jeopardy.

“Durant fell victim to karma.” “Curry’s fluke shots aren’t falling anymore.” “They’ve been exposed.”

The Internet’s hot takes could burn your phone right now, The Warriors should just blow it up and start fresh according to Twitter. The sky is falling in DubNation.

It’s not the time to panic. The Warriors lost two games in a row. So what? It happens to every team pretty frequently. Golden State’s streak was impressive, but it had to be snapped at some point.

There are sources of concern. Durant’s injury is a big one. Steve Kerr’s micromanagement of Curry and the offense is another. The shooting slumps are glaring.

It’s not time to panic though. The shooting will come around because…well, Curry and Thompson are two of the greatest shooters ever. Durant will be back, at some point. Kerr hopefully will make better decisions.

The Warriors still have the most talent at the top of their roster. Their bench is better than last year’s. They have experience.

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Golden State has faced a lot of adversity over the last few years and they respond most of the time. It’s far too soon to start betting against them. They can right the ship with another twenty games until the playoffs.

Don’t panic just yet. Trust in Steph Curry. Trust

the process

that two games are nothing in the grand scheme of things.