How Will Steph Curry's Absence Affect the Golden State Warriors?
One puddle of sweat juxtaposes with the seismic impression of Golden State's achievements. It has a sense of irony to it, how something so little can rupture the plans of such a large instance. But that's exactly what may happen; because it was that small pool of liquid which forced their star Steph Curry to slip and suffer a Grade 1 MCL sprain. While there will be collective sighs of relief around the bay area that the knee ligament wasn't torn, Steve Kerr's men are once again tasked with disproving the fact that they are a one man team.
Not only is suggesting that the Warriors are indeed a one-man team a slap in the face to all the efforts of the other players throughout the regular season, but it suggests that those 73 wins were all Curry's doing. While he certainly uplifted the team and is their most important player, no one is capable of propelling a team to such heights off their own back. LeBron James tried and came up short, Curry didn't need to - the squad has a perfect blend of stars, creativity and team spirit.
A lot of speculation is that Warriors season came to a tipping point towards the end of the regular season. They were presented with a sizeable dilemma. It was a case of chasing history or preserving all their resources to get the work done and charge into the Finals to defend their crown in the postseason. While there were no clear signs that players were fatigued and drained, it remained a gamble. Steph Curry's injury didn't seem to be related however - it was more of bad fate rather than an accumulation of prolonged strain on the athlete's body.
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When they are healthy and at full fitness, Warriors can cultivate a flamboyant style on the court. Without, the basketball fundamentals will need to be under far more examination. Efficiency last year was the key to getting the job done - if everyone can put on a shift without Curry then the conference finals is a lock, especially taking into account the bad injury luck that is sweeping through the Western Conference. Throughout the season most of the cutting edge has come from concentrated hands, but now it comes as a major opportunity - those who may not get a starting position can relish the occasion of a high profile audition.