The Golden State Warriors are once again back in the NBA Finals since 2019 when they lost to the Toronto Raptors after a series of injuries plagued the team that was looking to three-peat. After that series, Kevin Durant left the Warriors, and Klay Thompson was recovering from two severe injuries. At the same time, Stephen Curry and Draymond remained loyal to the team, and now their patience paid off big time.
Everyone thought the Warriors are finally done
Klay was the leading scorer against the Mavericks in Game 5, and that moment was significant for him personally because there were serious concerns about whether he would come back to be the player he once was. The Warriors were labeled by many as a team that would no longer have the same success as they had for that stretch of five years when they made 5 NBA Finals while winning three championships.
Now more than ever before, it is important to look back at some of the comments Draymond Green made back in 2019 after they lost to the Toronto Raptors. Everyone was already questioning the Warriors' ability to recover from such a devasting loss, but Draymond was convinced that is not happening anytime soon. But, looking back at the comment now, Draymond does seem like a prophet.
"Everybody thinks it's kind of the end of us," "That's just not smart. We're not done yet."
Draymond and Steph believed in their team
After last year's performance in the Play-In tournament that left the Warriors out of the playoffs by one game, Stephen Curry also said his team is going to be back fighting for another championship.
"It was a special year, all things considered, and a new experience for me, Draymond alone trying to make the most out of it. Come back, bottle this up; everyone makes the right strides and take advantage of the summer and don't want to see us next year."
Now looking back at these comments, there is no doubt Curry and Green believed in this team the most when everyone else has already crossed them from any serious title contention. However, the Warriors made all the right moves in the off-season, brought their core together, and added essential pieces that fit the system Steve Kerr implemented. The blueprint for success in the NBA is something very familiar to the Warriors because that is how they built their dynasty in the last decade. From everything we are seeing right now, they don't plan to leave anytime soon, no matter who they play against in the NBA Finals.