In 2015-16, the Warriors had one of the greatest seasons of all time in any sport. They cruised through the regular season winning more games than any other team in league history and after becoming the first team in sports history to fight back from a 3-1 deficit against OKC, they found themselves up 3-1 on Cleveland.
However, as soon Game 4 was over, you could feel the momentum shift and it was as if LeBron was the one standing over Steph, with his foot pressed squarely against his throat. The wind was completely gone from the “Dubs” sails and they fell flat on their face.
Immediately, fans and experts started giving credit to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Don’t get me wrong, they definitely deserve it, but let’s not forget to address the real issue here. The best regular season team of all time, needed to win just one of the next three games and they blew it.
Everyone in the country knows that Golden State was by far the more talented team and up until that point James was the choker. Last year that all changed. It changed to the point that even the Warriors started to question if they were good enough to win a ring with their current squad.
When free agency started there were a number of teams reported to be interested in Kevin Durant. However, their was one team who had no intentions of letting him sign with anyone else. Golden State who already had Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the deepest bench in the league, apparently didn’t feel that was good enough. They went all out for Durant.
When Durant announced that he was signing with the Golden State, Warriors fans were ecstatic but everyone else was disappointed or even angry. No one else in the league would stand a chance against the greatest super-team of all-time. Right? This team was loaded with stars but, even so, the guy they added was the best player on their team.
The truth of the matter is, the season isn’t even over yet and the Dubs with KD have already lost 50% more games then last year’s team did without him. Some people will say it’s because of all the good role players the Warriors had to give up to get him. That might be a minor factor. The truth as I see it, is that the pressure is just too high.
Losing is not an option this time. No one will be satisfied with anything less than a ring and may be even a sweep. I mean for real, a team this talented shouldn’t ever lose a game. The fact that they’ve lost fourteen is already a huge disappointment. The minute they start to, if people start pointing fingers, the wheels could fall off and this could be a train wreck of massive proportions. It just seems to make sense that this can only end one way.