Stephen Curry Gets Real About Warriors’ Return To Prominence

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The Golden State Warriors are the most dominant team in the NBA right now. They have a league-best record of 18-2 and they are stream rolling every opponent that is in front of them.

Golden State has a point differential of +13.7 on the season/ The next closest team is the Utah Jazz, who are at +9.0. They are second in the league in offensive rating and second in defensive rating to further hammer home just how dominant they have been.

But, this performance has somewhat come out of nowhere. The Warriors have missed the postseason for two straight years, going 15-50 during the 2019-20 season. Last season they lost in the NBA Play-In Tournament to the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies.

The organization is always confident in what they are doing, but they went into the offseason looking to possibly make a splash move to help bring them back to prominence. That transaction never materialized, but the team has made the most of the veteran additions they have made and are receiving vintage performances from Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.

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Curry recently opened up about the possibility of things being over in Golden State, as at the end of the day, the NBA is a business and there are tough decisions that have to be made every day.

“I was talking to Draymond about this on the plane ride down here,” he told Yahoo Sports. “You have to understand how quickly things can change around the league. And there was a little doubt that crept in with us wondering would the business take over before we get to have a chance to get back with the injuries and decisions that need to be made all the while you’re working your ass off to get back physically and mentally into this very spot. We always felt that if we could just get some pieces, we can be right back where we wanted to be. So we know we got a long way to go, but we heard all of it obviously about our team being done. And that’s why I said, ‘Why wouldn’t they say that?’ because as great as it was for five years, it took a drastic downturn pretty quick.”

Golden State had qualified for the NBA Finals five consecutive years, winning three of them, before this two-year drought. Klay Thompson’s injury in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals and Achilles tear 18 months later, in addition to Kevin Durant departing in free agency in 2019 as well, put the Golden State Warriors in a tough spot.

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The 2019-20 season was an extremely difficult one as Stephen Curry and Draymond Green also battled injuries. The Warriors performed so poorly that they were one of eight teams not invited to the Orlando Bubble. Having to watch those games on TV was the lowest point of the last two seasons for Curry.

“Watching the bubble was the lowest point of those two years,” Curry told Yahoo Sports. “There was a part of me that felt it was nice to get refreshed, and a part of me really missed playing on that stage. That was the first time in seven years of not being in the playoffs. We know each player had their own experiences in the bubble, but I would have loved to have been there competing. I would say that was the lowest point in terms of my basketball experience because I felt so far away from it. This is what I love to do.”

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Stephen Curry appeared in only five games that season but returned with a vengeance last season, finishing third in MVP voting. This season, Curry will once again be in the thick of the MVP race as he is stuffing the stat sheet for a Golden State Warriors team pacing the NBA.