Golden State Warriors: Explaining the recent slump

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 24: Draymond Green #23 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors high-five during a game against the Detroit Pistons on March 24, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 24: Draymond Green #23 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors high-five during a game against the Detroit Pistons on March 24, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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The Golden State Warriors haven’t been very good recently but there is an explanation behind their poor play.

It seems like the Golden State Warriors have experienced quite a few of rough slumps this season. These types of stretches have become so rare for the Dubs that when the team actually appears vulnerable it is a huge shock. However, there is nothing to worry about when it comes to the Warriors recent play.

It might seem weird that the team is struggling at points this year. In years past, the Warriors dominated the competition to an extent that we have never seen before. Golden State was invincible and the championship was there’s to lose every year.

Now, the Warriors are still favorites but it appears that multiple teams could potentially contest them. The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder are threats in the Western Conference while the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers are all scary potential Finals opponents.

The Warriors will likely finish this season with the fewest amount of wins they have had in four years. But, is this any reason to be concerned? After all, the Dubs still have five-star players on the roster.

In the last 10 games, the Warriors have gone 6-4 but have looked very weak in certain instances. For example, they put up a lackluster performance against the Dallas Mavericks in which they lost by over 30 points.

It is completely possible that all of the Warriors recent struggles can be attributed to the boredom of the regular season. With only nine games remaining, the Warriors don’t really have much to play for at this point. Sure, getting home court advantage is important, but it isn’t worth exhausting any star players.

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This is why the Dubs have been playing below expectations recently. The Warriors don’t want to work themselves too hard before entering the playoffs. They have a real shot at winning their third consecutive championship and they will require full strength to accomplish their goal.