The Golden State Warriors were 15-50 when the NBA was suspended, and as head coach Steve Kerr puts it, they feel their season is “done.”
Ever since Klay Thompson’s Game 6 injury in the 2019 NBA Finals, one that was destined to put him out the rest of 2019 and even into the start of 2020, the Golden State Warriors knew this season was going to be a tough one.
However, what they couldn’t have predicted is the injury that occurred just four games into the season to two-time MVP Stephen Curry. That’s the one that truly broke the Warriors, and it caused a significant downward turn, one that could result in the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Prior to his injury, the team’s ideal outlook on the season was Curry leading the team to a playoff berth and then the late-season return of Thompson to give them that extra spark that would undoubtedly propel them into a championship contender.
The development of Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall, players that would’ve been seeing big minutes in Thompson’s absence and did end up blossoming into quality contributors, would’ve aided the team’s quest for a sixth-straight Finals.
More from Blue Man Hoop
- Golden State Warriors: History shows USA may need Stephen Curry for more than the Olympics
- 7 players Golden State Warriors might replace Klay Thompson with by the trade deadline
- Golden State Warriors villain pours on more pain to end USA’s World Cup
- Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry continues philanthropic efforts off the court
- The Dream starting 5 for the Warriors 5 years from now
That was all undercut just a few games into the season when Curry broke his left hand after a brutal collision with Suns’ Aron Baynes. Now, the Warriors are the only team officially on the outside looking in.
Whatever happens to finish this season, one suspended due to the coronavirus that is sweeping the United States, won’t really impact the Dubs future as they’re already out of playoff contention. The season has yet to be canceled though.
That feeling, like the season is over, is one that probably rings throughout the ears of the front office as well and is certainly felt by head coach Steve Kerr, who called the season “done.”
“It feels like the end of our season. … We’re staying in touch with our guys, but it definitely feels like the season is done for us. It felt like our annual exit meeting,” Kerr said according to the San Francisco Chronicles’ Connor Letourneau.
The Warriors season is, in theory, over. While 17 games still remain on the calendar, any chance of extending their season into the playoffs is gone, and after being at the top of the league for so long, it feels as if there’s nothing left to play for.
But, as the suspension continues into May, Kerr and the Warriors may end up not having to worry about another game as the league could opt to just skip to the playoffs given the season’s time constraints.