After coasting to a number of victories in the first half of the season, the Golden State Warriors have some adversity on their hands for the first time in two seasons.
Kevin Durant, former MVP and the Dubs’ big off-season acquisition, is out with a sprained MCL and bruised tibial bone, which leaves the squad without some of their considerable firepower.
Oakland’s team is feeling the effects of his absence and those struggles finally came to a head when they dropped a 103-102 game to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
That loss signaled the fourth loss in their last six games and losing that often in such a short stretch is a foreign feeling for a roster that won 73 games last year and was racking them up this season as well..
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson haven’t been quite as good as last season, which losses like Friday’s contest against the young Wolves illustrate.
Draymond Green is showing frustration in ways that could cost the team down the line in the playoffs as he earned technical number 12 of his current campaign.
The mercurial forward shared his thoughts about some tough calls that went against the Dubs down the stretch in Minny.
When asked about the outcome: "Did we lose it (the game)? I mean seriously did we lose the game? I'm happy the way we fought and went and got the game, but sometimes there are things beyond your control."
“How I get a technical for trying to stop continuation? I don’t know. I guess I got to play by different rules than the rest of the NBA. That one really sticks with me. What’s that, my 11th tech? Thirteen? D***. How many do I got is the question? I don’t know. Different set of rules.
“I thought about taking a fine tonight. I really did. I truly thought about taking a fine tonight. But I’m not wasting my $25,000. I contemplated for a long time whether I was just going to give the 25 (thousand dollars) up and wash my hands with it.”
Green has been known for drawing technicals in his career as he provides the emotional core of these Warriors.
His comments here reflect the $25,000 fine incurred for complaining over the officiating that he stood to lose if he hadn’t held more control of his temper.
For Golden State, the key to this season will be getting to the playoffs healthy and coach Steve Kerr has an idea to help get his team back on track by resting his starters on Saturday night.
Kerr’s roster still leads the league in wins at 52-13, but the Spurs waiting for one small misstep to claim the top seed in the Western Conference.
To secure their place atop the West, both the team and their versatile forward will have to fight through this adversity to get back to the NBA Finals and redeem themselves.