The Golden State Warriors were on a pretty good run in the last month or two, losing only 6 games since the start of the season, a great achievement even for a team as highly regarded as the Warriors. This run has been in doubt since the injury of superstar Kevin Durant against the Wizards a week ago. They lost two games in a row after KD went off the court with a grade 2 MCL sprain on his knee, which probably doesn’t seem like too bad of a situation when looking at most teams in the NBA, I mean, it happens regularly. But Golden State haven’t lost two consecutive games since APRIL 2015, 23 months ago. And of course, the Warriors only acquired Durant at the start of the season, so we know they can handle themselves, but since KD’s injury, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson had two consecutive awful games, with Curry even going 0-11 from behind the arc against the Wizards, the worst shooting record of the sharpshooter’s career. Granted, it’s only been 3 games since Durant got injured, and they did win last night, but with the two best shooters in the league, and the leading vote getter for Defensive Player of the Year in Draymond Green, you’d imagine that the Warriors would be able to handle the Bulls, the Wizards loss is understandable to some extent considering their recent form, but losing to a weak Bulls squad is unacceptable for a team like Golden State. And while they did get the W last night against the Knicks, they did struggle to perform against them, with the score being close for the majority of the game. Putting this into perspective, the Knicks are 12th in the Eastern Conference, 24 games behind the Warriors, who recently set the NBA record for clinching the fastest playoff berth, beating the record from last season, which they also set. There was clearly a chemistry issue with the Warriors and their newly acquired superstar at the start of the season, but was quickly dismantled since the beginning of the new year, and it was looking like the Warriors were up for a big season ending run, losing only two games in 15 before Durant’s injury. This is what happens when you sell your entire bench, a bench which was vital in their victory over Cleveland in the 2015 Finals, for one superstar – if something happens to that superstar, you’ve got nobody to replace him. That’s why they made the trade for Matt Barnes, to replace KD. If you ask me, the Warriors are likely to be sent home in the first round of the playoffs if KD doesn’t come back soon, and with a 4 week + expected injury time, it seems like that could be a possibility.
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