This season has been a tumultuous one for the Golden State Warriors, but it would be ridiculous to count them out altogether.
Golden State sits at 40-37 with five games left in the regular season, good for sixth place in the Western Conference. They’ve yet to secure a playoff berth, let alone a specific seed, so they need to finish strong to avoid the play-in tournament.
It’s been a messy title defense for the Warriors. Injuries have limited Stephen Curry to 51 games this season, and Golden State’s youth has at times struggled to help carry the load. You even can go all the way back to the Draymond Green-Jordan Poole incident in training camp, and it’s clear that the Warriors have been snakebitten this season.
But anything can happen in the playoffs, and regardless of what seed they are or what happened during the regular season, the Warriors have the personnel to make another deep run.
Curry said in an exclusive interview with “Steiny and Guru” that he’s confident they have that in them.
“This has been an interesting year. Some highs, a lot of lows. Just trying to figure out who we are, what our identity is,” Curry said. “We obviously have maintained confidence and faith that we can peak at the right time, and that if we get into a playoff series with whoever, that we’re tough to beat. And then it’s just about getting four wins and doing it over again, so that’s always been the recipe.
“Last year was an amazing journey, an amazing run. This year we've had guys in a lot of different roles, some newcomers. For us to be the champs and have to take everybody’s best shot all year, some self-inflicted wounds that we’ve had, games we should have won.
“With all that said, absolutely (we can make a run). I feel like we are a team that’s a force and when we’re locked in on the specific test of trying to beat a team four times in a playoff series – obviously we need to get there and finish this year strong and hopefully stay out of the play-in – that remains the same.”
If the postseason started today, the Warriors would play the third-seeded Kings in the first round. That would be a gripping matchup, with a seasoned but underperforming Warriors team taking on an electric but inexperienced Kings group.