The Golden State Warriors have gone just 2-5 over their last 7 games and may soon be in a freefall in the rankings if they can’t mend their issues.
The Warriors’ strong start to the season, leading the Western Conference for many of the first several weeks, has helped bolster their spot in the standings. They are still in second place in the West with just a .5 game lead on the Memphis Grizzlies, one of the hottest teams in the NBA.
The Golden State Warriors have lost 2 straight and 4 of their last 5. Their struggles are giving fans an eerily similar to vibe to that of last season.
That start for Golden State has been especially beneficial as teams watch the Los Angeles Lakers implode and potentially fall outside of play-in tournament position. The Dubs’ start has helped them weather injury storms as well.
The Warriors’ most recent loss was a 15-point defeat at the hand of the Timberwolves. They’re not 1-2 against the Wolves without Green on the court.
Prior to that loss, the Warriors were demoralized as the Mavericks overcame a 19-point second-half deficit, outscoring the Warriors by 20 in the fourth quarter alone. Golden State didn’t have the resilience to silence the Mavs comeback, scoring just 13 in the final period.
It’s games like these that have fans questioning the ceiling this team has.
However, one also has to consider that four-time All-Star forward Draymond Green will be healthy before playoff time, at least that’s the assumption. Five-time All-Star Klay Thompson has also missed the last two games with an illness.
The absence of two of the team’s Big 3 has changed their dynamic, especially defensively. They ranked 16th in defensive rating in February despite still holding onto the top overall defensive rating. Last season, the Warriors ranked 5th in defensive rating.
The Warriors were barely a playoff-caliber team, finishing 8th in the West, yet missing the playoffs last season. Golden State would be around that mark had they not had an electric start to the season.
The recent struggles are thankfully just a few week period. At least, with the hopeful return of Green in the future and the imminent return of Thompson, things should start to be turning uphill for the Dubs.