If you gave me 1000 different options of how the Warriors game one would have gone, I couldn't have picked it. That result was the equivalent to playing the powerball and hitting a 2 billion dollar jackpot. The narrative of this game was set and supposed to be very simple: The official passing of the gaurd in the west, the spurs end of their dynasty and them bequeathing their thrown to the Golden State Warriors to Crown Steph Klay KD and Dray. Only one problem with all that: Greg Popavich said fuck all ya’ll I'm not done yet. Kwahii showed he’s a true superstar, LMA was almost unstoppable in the paint, and Jonathon Who the fuck are you Simmons ate up the Warriors on both ends of the court.
If you look at NBA history and how teams mesh when they bring in a new superstar, we shouldn’t have been surprised: the example all of Warriors twitter keeps bringing up is the 2010-2011 Heat and their struggles to mesh as a team, and how they could figure out how to play as a team. I, along with many Warriors fans were arrogant as hell and called for a 82-0 szn the moment we woke up July 4 and saw the KD came to Oakland. I love Warriors twitter don't get me wrong, but we are truly icarus.
More Importantly, let me tell you why this 29 point loss at home is a good thing: this team is no longer a group of God’s amongst NBA teams, they’re back to being another team. They’re human, they can be beat, and everything will have to be earned for this team. They can’t coast on talent against the NBA elite, they will have to work for those wins, have a bench that shows up, and run the offense to perfection.
Steve Kerr will have to figure out what he’s going to do at 5 position, because Zaza playing heavy minutes does not seem to be the answer. He won't be giving up the starting spot any time soon, but there needs to be a backup 5 who can play almost equal minutes. The fan’s are screaming for Javale McGee, but I am not convinced that he is answer either, especially after Jonathan Simmons put him on a poster to end the game. One thing every fan can agree: Andy V should not now or ever get any type of significant minutes on this team. That leaves this team with one option for now as a backup 5 which for the life of me I can't understand why Kerr won't give a chance to: Kevon Looney. He has progressed, is a beast in the paint when it comes to Rebounds, has a solid midrange jumper, can pass the ball relatively well, and do an alright job clogging the paint. I’m just assuming Damian Jones’ season is in the toilet because he is not slated to come back to January, and making the jump from college to the NBA without any offseason or integration into the system is an almost insurmountable task. I hope Kerr will do two things: give Looney a chance, and give up his deep and heartfelt love of Andy V.
We have to come back to reality and understand this team is still insanely good. There will not be many games this season when Steph Klay and KD come nowhere near 50% from downtown, McCaw won't brick every open 3 he gets (unless the curse of HB has been passed on to him) and they won't blow one after another open layups. I am still convinced at the end of the season we will look back at this game as an early hiccup that can be rectified. It took a bit of the glory and happiness out of the begging of the season, but I am still still elated that basketball season is back. I can’t wait for this team to shove all those 3-1 jokes down the throats of the Cavs Stans.
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