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Friday, 14 June 2019

Warriors left to ponder cruel finals injury luck


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The Golden State Warriors' worst fears were realised as the final buzzer sounded at Oracle Arena with the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA title.

Toronto's win may have ended the Warriors' hopes of joining a select group of teams to have won three straight Championships, but the loss was made worse with the injury blow to yet another star.

With star forward Kevin Durant suffering a ruptured Achilles in Game 5, shortly after the final buzzer sounded, shooting guard Klay Thompson was confirmed to have sustained a torn ACL in his left knee, all but ruling him out for the majority of the 2019-20 season.

Injuries are a part of the game, but rarely has a team been cruelled to this magnitude on the biggest stage of them all.

Klay Thompson

In addition to the loss of both Thompson and Durant, big man Kevon Looney played the majority of the series with a non-displacement fracture near his collarbone.

Thompson's injury was met with sadness across the league with players immediately taking to Twitter to voice their frustrations.

https://twitter.com/CJMcCollum/status/1139365699095130112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/kevinlove/status/1139370940729581568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/spidadmitchell/status/1139365001502830592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/ZachLaVine/status/1139373091476267009?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/KarlTowns/status/1139376426946162690?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Thompson's durability has become the stuff of legend over the last few seasons, with Game 3 of this series being the first career playoff game he missed through injury.

After he landed awkwardly and was helped to the locker room, Thompson was notified that he would not be able to return to the game if he could not take his free-throws.

In a scene that was not dissimilar to Knicks great Willis Reed in the 70s, the Warriors iron man returned to a heroes ovation and hit two free-throws before being subbed out.

Incredibly, Thompson himself had been convinced he would be right to go after a "two-minute rest", not knowing that he had indeed torn his ACL.

https://twitter.com/anthonyVslater/status/1139385864536985601?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Ultimately, Thompson would not return, and his absence eventually led to the Warriors' title hopes coming to an end.

The hero of the finals and the series MVP was Toronto's Kawhi Leonard, but even Leonard couldn't help but feel for the plight of his friend after the injury.

"I hope he's okay," Leonard told reporters.

"I never want to see a good friend of mine go out like that. I hope he's able to recover from it. When he went down, I just really thought about him.

Kevin Durant

"I didn't really care about the game that much. Once he left, we just had to flip our mindset back to trying to beat the Warriors."

After the loss, Warriors forward Draymond Green was defiant about the team's ability to compete for a championship going forward.

"I think everybody thinks it's kind of the end of us," he said.

"That's just not smart. We're not done yet. We lost this year, clearly it just wasn't our year. But that's just how the cookie crumbles sometimes.

Draymond Green

"I hear a lot of that noise, 'it's the end of the run' and all that jazz. I don't see it happening though. We'll be back."

However, despite Green's optimism, it remains to be seen whether he will indeed play another game in a Warriors jersey.

This loss is different to this group's last taste of defeat back in 2016. The Warriors in 2016 were still all relatively young and were headed into a summer with a max salary slot, which it used to lure Kevin Durant via free agency.

This summer, there is no such MVP walking through that door.

Despite being a near-certainty to miss the entire 2019-20 season, Durant himself may not be back with the Warriors.

Stephen Curry

Maybe Curry will rekindle the magic of his last MVP season and capture a third such award, but it is hard to see how the Warriors contend without both Thompson and Durant and without the ability to add significant pieces around its core.

Thompson has always been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers given his family's history with the franchise, and the Warriors will risk losing him if they lowball him in contract talks.

Green is also understood to be seeing a max contract extension, something that the Warriors may not be willing to give him, due to the ballooning luxury tax bill headed Joe Lacob's way.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, a vital cog of the team's three title wins, could be headed to retirement, while Andre Iguodala battled multiple injuries again and isn't getting any younger.

https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA/status/1139379222026182658?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The Warriors will open the 2019-20 in a multi-million dollar arena in San Francisco, The Chase Center, leaving behind the iconic home of 47 years in Oakland, Oracle Arena.

Two years ago, fresh off shocking the league by signing Durant, the Warriors had both he and Stephen Curry at a ceremonial opening-style event at the new arena.

Back then, it seemed certain that the Warriors would head to their new home with two MVPs in tow and potentially a ring ceremony to enjoy on opening night.

Now, the NBA's most dominant dynasty of the modern era is headed towards an extremely uncertain future.

The Golden State Warriors' worst fears were realised as the final buzzer sounded at Oracle Arena with the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA title.

Toronto's win may have ended the Warriors' hopes of joining a select group of teams to have won three straight Championships, but the loss was made worse with the injury blow to yet another star.

With star forward Kevin Durant suffering a ruptured Achilles in Game 5, shortly after the final buzzer sounded, shooting guard Klay Thompson was confirmed to have sustained a torn ACL in his left knee, all but ruling him out for the majority of the 2019-20 season.

Injuries are a part of the game, but rarely has a team been cruelled to this magnitude on the biggest stage of them all.

Klay Thompson

In addition to the loss of both Thompson and Durant, big man Kevon Looney played the majority of the series with a non-displacement fracture near his collarbone.

Thompson's injury was met with sadness across the league with players immediately taking to Twitter to voice their frustrations.

https://twitter.com/CJMcCollum/status/1139365699095130112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/kevinlove/status/1139370940729581568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/spidadmitchell/status/1139365001502830592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/ZachLaVine/status/1139373091476267009?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/KarlTowns/status/1139376426946162690?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Thompson's durability has become the stuff of legend over the last few seasons, with Game 3 of this series being the first career playoff game he missed through injury.

After he landed awkwardly and was helped to the locker room, Thompson was notified that he would not be able to return to the game if he could not take his free-throws.

In a scene that was not dissimilar to Knicks great Willis Reed in the 70s, the Warriors iron man returned to a heroes ovation and hit two free-throws before being subbed out.

Incredibly, Thompson himself had been convinced he would be right to go after a "two-minute rest", not knowing that he had indeed torn his ACL.

https://twitter.com/anthonyVslater/status/1139385864536985601?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Ultimately, Thompson would not return, and his absence eventually led to the Warriors' title hopes coming to an end.

The hero of the finals and the series MVP was Toronto's Kawhi Leonard, but even Leonard couldn't help but feel for the plight of his friend after the injury.

"I hope he's okay," Leonard told reporters.

"I never want to see a good friend of mine go out like that. I hope he's able to recover from it. When he went down, I just really thought about him.

Kevin Durant

"I didn't really care about the game that much. Once he left, we just had to flip our mindset back to trying to beat the Warriors."

After the loss, Warriors forward Draymond Green was defiant about the team's ability to compete for a championship going forward.

"I think everybody thinks it's kind of the end of us," he said.

"That's just not smart. We're not done yet. We lost this year, clearly it just wasn't our year. But that's just how the cookie crumbles sometimes.

Draymond Green

"I hear a lot of that noise, 'it's the end of the run' and all that jazz. I don't see it happening though. We'll be back."

However, despite Green's optimism, it remains to be seen whether he will indeed play another game in a Warriors jersey.

This loss is different to this group's last taste of defeat back in 2016. The Warriors in 2016 were still all relatively young and were headed into a summer with a max salary slot, which it used to lure Kevin Durant via free agency.

This summer, there is no such MVP walking through that door.

Despite being a near-certainty to miss the entire 2019-20 season, Durant himself may not be back with the Warriors.

Stephen Curry

Maybe Curry will rekindle the magic of his last MVP season and capture a third such award, but it is hard to see how the Warriors contend without both Thompson and Durant and without the ability to add significant pieces around its core.

Thompson has always been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers given his family's history with the franchise, and the Warriors will risk losing him if they lowball him in contract talks.

Green is also understood to be seeing a max contract extension, something that the Warriors may not be willing to give him, due to the ballooning luxury tax bill headed Joe Lacob's way.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, a vital cog of the team's three title wins, could be headed to retirement, while Andre Iguodala battled multiple injuries again and isn't getting any younger.

https://twitter.com/KevinOConnorNBA/status/1139379222026182658?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The Warriors will open the 2019-20 in a multi-million dollar arena in San Francisco, The Chase Center, leaving behind the iconic home of 47 years in Oakland, Oracle Arena.

Two years ago, fresh off shocking the league by signing Durant, the Warriors had both he and Stephen Curry at a ceremonial opening-style event at the new arena.

Back then, it seemed certain that the Warriors would head to their new home with two MVPs in tow and potentially a ring ceremony to enjoy on opening night.

Now, the NBA's most dominant dynasty of the modern era is headed towards an extremely uncertain future.

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