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Basketball – NBA: The Golden State Warriors, the rebirth of a dynasty

Basketball – NBA: The Golden State Warriors, the rebirth of a dynasty
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There are attitudes that do not deceive. Smiles. Looks. An atmosphere that emerges each time Stephen Curry and his partners enter the floor – to emerge victorious the vast majority of the time. A form of arrogance which testifies above all to the state of confidence of this team which is increasingly seen as the big favorite for the title. The Warriors are back. Here they are again in the NBA Finals, three years after their last stint. And they definitely look like champions.

The Return of the Great Warriors

They were left for dead after their six-inning loss to the Kawhi Leonard Raptors in 2019. A series they probably would have won if Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson hadn’t both been injured. And yet, paradoxically, this failure looked like the end of the cycle for the Californian armada. The health problems of each other illustrated the fatigue accumulated after four successive campaigns at the top, for four finals in a row and three titles. These Warriors needed a break, both physically and mentally.

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They got it. KD left to take on new challenges in Brooklyn. Thompson was sidelined for two years. Curry also juggled various injuries while Green, no doubt annoyed with the situation of his franchise, stopped playing basketball. Two transition seasons, completed with 15 and 39 victories, which finally allowed this Golden State team to be forgotten by finally going a little under the radar. But Steve Kerr’s men simply fell back to jump better.

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They dominated the superstars of the new generation in turn during these playoffs: Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets (4-1) then Ja Morant and the Grizzlies (4-2) and finally Luka Doncic and the Mavericks (4-1). The opposing prodigies all shone but none of them found the solution to knock out the Bay collective. A way of remembering that the trio composed of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green is particularly difficult to take at this stage of the competition.

The three All-Stars have won 21 of the 23 series since the arrival of Steve Kerr on the bench. They know the way. They know how to raise their level of play at each deadline. “We have this champion DNA, we have young talents and we find our balance at the right time.“, remarks Thompson, who considers his team to be the best equipped to go to the end.

Always the same house trio

The winning culture is rooted in this franchise. And it is not the two seasons without playoffs that will make the Warriors forget their automatisms. If they sometimes lacked rigor against Denver and Memphis, they started up a gear against Dallas. Because they sense the finals – and therefore a possible fourth ring – approaching. “We play our best basketball of the season“, admits Curry.”We are carried by the importance of the moment. Now is where it really matters.”

The All-Star point guard is obviously at the heart of this success. He is the face of this organization. A smiling leader, full of enthusiasm, confidence and talent. His energy is infectious. And his teammates all follow him in his tracks. Except that in addition, he is in the form of his life. 27 points, 46% on shots, 38% on three-pointers, 5 rebounds, 6 assists… averages that may seem trivial because he has not yet slammed a point at 45 or 50 units. But these are nevertheless exceptional performances.

Stephen Curry

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If Curry is the soul of the team, Green is the heart. Engine. His return to the fore coincides with the rebirth of the Warriors and this is obviously no coincidence. He is the boss in defense but also an important anchor point in attack. His baskets were never his first contribution but he regained aggression with the ball in hand, while remaining an excellent playmaker. Thompson, Curry’s right arm, is coming back quite well after two and a half years without playing. He is gaining momentum week after week, with his two performances to take out Memphis in Game 6 and Dallas in Game 5 as proof. The veteran is just over 19 points and 38% behind the arc.

Andrew Wiggins is the lung in Golden State. A player who finally puts his athletic qualities at the service of the team. Much too irregular at the Timberwolves, the Canadian has become the metronome of the Warriors. The thankless task specialist, a nice irony for a former first draft pick presented as a future superstar. But he became an All-Star this season and his performances in the playoffs show how much he deserved his place. Wiggins provides the link between the stars and the other players in the squad. He defends, he rebounds, he attacks the circle and he also scores from a distance. He also has the best differential of his team since the start of the competition.

This group is not the business of a trio. It is a whole body. An impression reinforced by the permanent movements of the five players on the field, very often synchronized. That too is part of the culture. Last December, Steve Kerr found that most NBA rosters “all played the same systems.“He refuses to fall into this trap. He wants variety to make his squad even more unpredictable.

Poole, Kuminga and Wiseman: the future is bright

Its patterns can take time to integrate for younger players. These two transition seasons were also used for that. The Warriors have filled up on picks and therefore promising talents likely to join the trio while ensuring the future of the franchise. Jordan Poole is the best example. Disastrous in its infancy, it has become an offensive threat that gives a whole new dimension to the Dubs. To the point where his trainer gives him carte blanche when Curry is resting. “I have enormous confidence in him“, confides Kerr.”It fills a void that has caused us great difficulties in recent years: the minutes without Steph on the pitch.

Jordan Poole

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Jonathan Kuminga, seventh choice of the last draft, is also expected to progress significantly in the coming months. Without forgetting James Wiseman, selected in second position in 2021 and absent this season. Veteran stars and the talents of tomorrow form an explosive mix around which gravitate a lot of good experienced players like Kevon Looney, Otto Porter Jr, Nemanja Bjelica, Andre Iguodala, Juan Toscano Anderson, Gary Payton II… These Warriors are not the strongest, because Durant is no longer living in San Francisco, but they are undoubtedly the deepest. This group seems even more complete than in 2015 or 2016, even if its best elements have aged.

Not only is Golden State in a very good position to win this year, but the window of opportunity has grown with the evolution of the game. Stephen Curry could extend his peak by a few seasons. Thompson will undoubtedly be stronger in 2023 than in 2022. And the future is exciting with the advent of Poole as well as the evolutions of Kuminga and Wiseman.

At the start of the season, Green spoke about the unique challenge facing his franchise: that of developing up-and-coming stars while getting involved in the title race. “In history, it has never succeeded for anyone to play on both counts. This is the road we are heading towards.“Nine months later, the Warriors are now on the road to the title at full speed.

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