OAKLAND — This Warriors season has been anything but typical.
The Warriors entered the 2017-18 campaign with so much talent on their roster that there was preseason talk of them challenging their own single-season wins record this year.
That, of course, didn’t happen. Instead, the Warriors have been consistently undercut by disengaged basketball and injuries. The result: the worst Warriors regular season in the Steve Kerr era and the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
The last few weeks have been particularly harrowing for the Warriors. As injuries have piled up, so have the losses — after Thursday’s loss to the Bucks, Golden State has lost three straight games and seven of their last 10. And while the circumstances are extenuating, this is Warriors’ worst run of form in years, and it’s coming in the final stretch of the regular season.
And yet, even without Stephen Curry, who is out until two more weeks, at the minimum, with a sprained MCL in his left knee, the Warriors are confident that they have the talent and the experience to beat any team in the NBA come playoff time.
That absolutely could be the case — the Warriors still have Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson (all will be on the court next week) — but with only seven games remaining on the schedule and the possibility of a hellacious first-round series looming, it would certainly be nice to see the Warriors play a game or two of we-can-beat-anybody-without-Steph ball before the playoffs start, if for nothing else but affirmation.
Because on Thursday, with Durant and Green back in the lineup, the Warriors didn’t look anything like a team that is going to run through the competition come the postseason.