Lost in the greatness of LeBron James and the Cavaliers historical comeback from down 3-1 in the NBA Finals was the epic collapse of the Warriors historical season.
It’s almost inconceivable that the Warriors lost nine games in the postseason, including three straight (two at home) to an inferior opponent. The Cavs, and especially James, deserve high praise – I gave them their due here; but the Warriors meltdown needs more attention.
- The unanimous MVP wasn’t even a top-three player in this series, yet alone the best player on his team. Curry shot poorly, struggled one-on-one, turned the ball over carelessly, and was attacked often on the defensive side of the ball.
- Harrison Barnes was awful. Barnes probably doesn’t get enough attention for his play in the regular season. He’s a good shooter and gets a ton of open looks, and he’s usually consistent in hitting his shot. He completely disappeared in the midst of the Warriors meltdown, only making 5 of this 32 shots in the last three games in which the Warriors lost. 5/32!!! That includes 3/15 from three point range. He crushed the Warriors.
- Draymond Green’s suspension was devastating. If Green played Game 5 at home, the Warriors are likely back-to-back champions and this series would be over a week ago. His suspension shifted the series, and nobody is to blame but himself.
The Warriors will be fine. Curry and Klay Thompson aren’t going anywhere, and them two alone will keep this team afloat themselves; But this loss will hurt them and it’s going to be a long offseason for the Warriors.
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