The Golden State Warriors won’t full their three-peat. As an alternative, they’ve watched the Toronto Raptors win the NBA Finals, 4-2, whereas dropping the final three video games ever performed at Oracle Area.
One factor is for positive: had the Warriors been at full power, they’d have put up a greater battle.
This isn’t a pity social gathering for the Golden State Warriors, whose dynasty might come to an finish on their very own home ground. Earlier than the collection started, I picked the Raptors to win the NBA Finals in seven games. It’s a victory for a franchise that gambled with a monster commerce final summer time to hire Kawhi Leonard for a season.
That is, nevertheless, a recap of the completely different accidents the Warriors have needed to cope with this season. In Recreation 6, they missed two of their three greatest gamers as soon as Klay Thompson went out with a knee harm. The banged up Warriors put up the most effective battle they might. Toronto, nevertheless, was an excessive amount of to beat.
In chronological order, right here’s what the Warriors handled over the previous couple months.
Curry suffered a gentle foot sprain towards the Pelicans on April 9, and the Warriors determined to not play him within the season finale towards Memphis on April 10.
Stephen Curry (delicate proper foot sprain) won’t return to tonight’s recreation for precautionary causes.
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) April 10, 2019
He was principally high quality within the playoffs, however the remainder of the celebrities weren’t.
After spending the primary half of the season recovering from his torn Achilles, Cousins tore his left quad in Recreation 2 of Golden State’s first-round collection towards the Clippers.
He missed the rest of the collection, plus the Warriors’ second- and third-round playoff collection towards the Rockets and Path Blazers.
Cousins returned for Recreation 1 of the NBA Finals, effectively forward of schedule, but it surely was clear for many of the collection that he was restricted in his mobility.
Curry dislocated his finger in Recreation 2 of the West Semifinals towards the Houston Rockets. He had a poor capturing outing in Recreation 3, however didn’t miss any time as a result of harm.
Stephen Curry (dislocated left center finger) has returned to the sport. X-Rays have been adverse.
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) May 1, 2019
Durant suffered a proper calf pressure on Could 8, in Recreation 5 of Golden State’s Western Convention Semifinals collection towards Houston.
The harm sidelined him for a month, and arguably ought to have saved him out longer. Extra on that later.
Iguodala suffered a hamstring harm in Recreation Three of the Western Convention Finals. He exited and missed Recreation 4, however the Warriors have been in a position to full the sweep of the Path Blazers with out him.
He returned and performed within the Finals, however wasn’t 100 p.c.
Kevon Looney: sprained (after which fractured) collarbone
Looney’s collarbone sprain was upgraded to a fracture after he absorbed a Kawhi Leonard physique blow on a drive.
He sat out Recreation 3, however returned for Recreation 4, at instances unable to boost his arms over his shoulders.
Thompson suffered a hamstring pressure in Recreation 2 of the NBA Finals, and the Warriors opted to maintain him out for Recreation 3. He returned as near 100 p.c as he might for Recreation 4.
This was essentially the most devastating harm of the season. Durant returned from his calf harm after a month of inactivity for Recreation 5 of the NBA Finals. Three minutes into the second quarter, he ruptured his Achilles trying a crossover on Serge Ibaka.
Thompson went up for a dunk in Recreation 6 and Danny Inexperienced tried to dam him from behind. It ended terribly. Thompson went a method and his knee went one other.
He walked off the courtroom, then returned to motion to shoot the free throws, however finally, the crew examined him and deemed Thompson out for the rest of the sport.
Thompson had 30 factors on 8-of-12 capturing from the sphere and 4-of-6 capturing from three at that time. The Warriors went on to lose the sport with out him and finally lose the collection.
Steve Kerr: “What matters is Kevin Durant is going to miss next season with an Achilles tear. What matters is Klay suffered a knee injury. We’ll know more later. But it’s just brutal, just brutal what these guys have had to deal with.”
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 14, 2019