Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors got destroyed by LeBron James and the LA Lakers on Sunday at Staples Center. The Dubs lost by a final score of 117-91 and trailed by 30 points at one point.
After the game, Stephen Curry admitted to reporters that the Warriors have much bigger problems haunting them from their past.
Stephen Curry believes the Warriors’ recent dynasty is still serving as a motivating factor for opponents
The Warriors won three NBA championships and played in five straight NBA Finals from 2015 to 2019. Stephen Curry won two regular-season MVPs during that stretch and established himself as the greatest shooter in NBA history.
During the 2015-16 season, the Warriors went 73-9. The team racked up the most wins in NBA history and toyed with their opponents on a nightly basis. Golden State even erased a 3-1 series deficit in the 2016 Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
However, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Warriors in the 2016 Finals in seven games, becoming the first team in NBA history to come back from 3-1 in the Finals.
The Warriors signed Kevin Durant in the summer of 2016 and won two straight titles against the Cavs. Golden State could have won three in a row, but Durant suffered a torn Achilles in the 2019 Finals versus the Toronto Raptors.
After losing Durant to the Brooklyn Nets in free agency and playing without Klay Thompson for the entire 2019-20 season and watching Curry break his left hand in the fourth game, the Warriors finished with the worst record in the NBA. Even though Curry has played in every game in 2020-21, the Warriors aren’t title contenders since Thompson is out with a torn Achilles.
Stephen Curry believes the Warriors’ recent dynasty is still serving as a motivating factor for opponents. The team has lost by 20 or more points five times this season.
It’s not a guarantee that the Warriors will make the playoffs this season
After losing to the Lakers, the Warriors are now 19-16 on the season. They are in eighth place in the Western Conference standings and just 1.5 games ahead of the Dallas Mavericks.
Since the West is so tough, it’s not a guarantee that the Warriors will make the playoffs this season. Stephen Curry is putting up superstar numbers, but everyone else on the Warriors has been inconsistent. The Dubs severely miss Klay Thompson on both ends of the floor.
Curry is averaging 29.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 6.4 assists on the season while shooting 47.8% from the field, 41.3% from beyond the arc, and 93.8% from the free-throw line. Warriors fans are happy to see the future Hall of Famer healthy again and playing at a high level.
However, Dubs fans will be upset if the team misses the playoffs for the second straight season. It’s safe to assume that rival teams will try and knock Stephen Curry and the Warriors out of playoff contention as the season moves along.
Will Stephen Curry win another title in his career?
The Warriors’ dynasty may be over. Since Klay Thompson is coming back from a torn ACL and Achilles tendon, it’s unclear what type of player he will be moving forward.
With that being said, it’s possible Stephen Curry may never play in the NBA Finals again.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.