- Stephen Curry will be sidelined indefinitely with a hand injury.
- After losing multiple championships due to devastating injuries, this one came at the best possible time for the Warriors.
- Curry’s injury could be the catalyst for the creation of a new Warriors dynasty.
The Golden State Warriors won 322 regular-season games from 2014-15 to 2018-19, the most in NBA history over any five-year span. They played in the NBA Finals each of those seasons, joining Bill Russell’s Boston Celtics as the only teams to play for a championship five years in a row. The Stephen Curry-led squad won three championships during that timeframe, of course, and could have easily won five if the injury bug didn’t bite at exactly the wrong time.
The Warriors Were Never Going to Be Title Contenders
Still, that unprecedented level of modern-day dominance only mattered so much coming into 2019-20. Kevin Durant was gone, and Klay Thompson would miss most if not all of this season after suffering a torn ACL last June. Golden State could no longer fall back on “Strength in Numbers,” either, after Andre Iguodala was dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies and Shaun Livingston retired. Barring a stunning and heroic return from Thompson, the Warriors certainly wouldn’t be championship contenders, and in an absolutely loaded Western Conference, even had an outside chance at missing the playoffs altogether.
Golden State’s first three games of the regular season indicated how tenuous its grasp on respectability really was, a reality laid bare on Wednesday night at Chase Center when Stephen Curry crashed to the floor under the weight of Phoenix Suns behemoth Aron Baynes.
The result? A broken left hand for Curry, leaving him out indefinitely,