Before the Warriors celebrated in their run to the 2022 NBA Finals on Thursday, Golden State has endured two seasons of unexpected injury woes.
After the raptors defeated Golden State in the 2019 NBA Finals, what looked like a Warriors dynasty in the making took a break. Kevin Durant joined the Nets before the 2019-20 season.
Klay Thompson missed 941 days from the basketball court after sustaining a catastrophic ACL injury in his left knee before tearing his right Achilles tendon in a scrimmage in 2020. Steph Curry broke his hand in 2019 and , missing a lot of time before leading a charge for a Warriors’ team that earned a spot in the league’s first Play-In tournament.
However, at the end of last season after the Warriors’ losses in the qualifying tournament, Curry knew that Golden State would re-establish itself as one of the league’s elite teams in 2022. A statement from Curry last season is went viral after the Warriors. clinched their ticket to this year’s Finals by beating Dallas, 120-110, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.
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“…It was a special year all in all and a new experience for me, Draymond, Loon, tried to make the most of it, come back… Everyone is doing the right things and enjoying the summer and you will want see us next year,” Curry said at the end of last season.
In the decisive Warriors series win, Curry was named Magic Johnson’s first Western Conference Finals MVP, averaging 23.8 points per game and converting 42% from range. three points in the series. The baby-faced assassin is back in a familiar place in an effort to lead the Warriors to their seventh NBA championship.
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