The Golden State Warriors are coming off a disappointing campaign where they missed playoffs after five straight trips to the NBA Finals. The optimism around the Warriors took a massive hit this offseason after star guard Klay Thompson suffered yet another significant injury that will sideline him for another entire year. Despite that situation, Stephen Curry has delivered a strong message to the LA Lakers and the rest of the league.
The Warriors suffer tough loss with Klay Thompson’s injury
The Warriors entered the offseason with plenty of hype around the franchise bouncing back after a disappointing campaign.
Much of that outside rumbling took a significant hit last week after All-Star guard Klay Thompson suffered a season-ending torn Achilles. The injury marked the second straight severe ailment that will force him to miss another entire year.
Thompson had already moved past the torn ACL and participated in all on-court activities, including pickup games. His injury now puts the Warriors without their second scoring option and a crucial piece to their success. There are now questions around whether Thompson can bounce back and be anywhere near the player he was before the two significant injuries.
In response to that, the two-time league MVP Stephen Curry has sent a strong message to the Lakers and the rest of the league.
Stephen Curry believes the Warriors can compete with the Lakers
Throughout much of his career, Stephen Curry hasn’t lacked much confidence in his ability on the court.
The Warriors are heading into the 2020-21 season with a significant piece of the puzzle sidelined, but that hasn’t deterred Curry’s belief in the team competing for an NBA title, according to Marc J Spears of The Undefeated.
“We know we can compete with anyone in the league,” Curry said. “It’s kind of crazy. We know how great Klay [Thompson] is. Don’t get me wrong. But we hear the chatter. ‘It’s the end of for us. This year is a wash. What are we going to do in the future?’ But we are in the moment right now. It’s kind of refreshing being in that category as guys that are chasing. We know [the Los Angeles Lakers] are the defending champs. We got to beat them. We’re ready for it.”
There clearly isn’t any shortage of confidence from Curry as he has much faith in his teammates stepping up with Thompson out. The outside doubt has already motivated the 32-year-old to prove them wrong despite their second-best player being out of the mix.
The LA Lakers are now the bar that the rest of the league is chasing, which Curry has his eyes on helping the Warriors dethrone them to get back atop the league.
Warriors need others to stand up
The Warriors’ success in the 2020-21 season will depend on much more than Stephen Curry’s performance.
Curry has an opportunity to bounce back to put forth another All-Star caliber campaign that could garner some MVP consideration. Golden State will need the others on the roster, such as Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Oubre, and rookie James Wiseman to play pivotal offensive roles.
Draymond Green will continue to anchor them defensively, but it will be the others on the roster that need to step up. Wiggins and Oubre have an opportunity to showcase that they can be long-term pieces to the puzzle beyond the upcoming campaign.
Klay Thompson’s injury is a significant loss, but it opens the door for the franchise to find their long-term core group to push them forward. Only time will tell how good the Warriors can be next season.