After a team declines from making the NBA Finals five straight years, and winning three of them, it’s typically gradual. The Golden State Warriors’ dynasty, after five straight seasons of domination, came to a halt this year, after one of the craziest five-month stretches imaginable.
It starts in the 2019 NBA Finals, where just mere minutes into Game 5, Kevin Durant ruptured his Achilles tendon in an attempt to size up Serge Ibaka. The very next game, Klay Thompson would tear his ACL while going up for a dunk, and being met for a contest by the trailing Danny Green.
This was only the start of the downhill spiral in the Bay area. Just a few weeks later, it was announced that the two-time finals MVP would be departing for Brooklyn to team up with Kyrie Irving.
Mixed emotions surrounded the Warriors fanbase. You’re obviously never fully happy when a player of Durant’s caliber leaves your organization, but the tension was at an all-time high in Golden State’s locker room, and it was bleeding out allowing fans to experience the disarray.
After it was already announced that Klay Thompson was going to miss the entirety of the 2019-2020 regular season, just a few weeks into play, Stephen Curry went out with a broken hand. An assessment which initially labeled him as sidelined for three months ended up being six.
To top it all off, the D’Angelo Russell experiment failed to work, and sprinkled in were injuries to Draymond Green and Kevon Looney as well.
This brings up a valuable question: Has the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty ended, or is it just on pause?
Here are four reasons why they aren’t only going to float again next year, but they’re going to be right back in contention again.