The Golden State Warriors were unstoppable. They completely dominated the mid-late 2010s. Obliterating everyone in their way, the Warriors went to five straight NBA finals, won three, and lost the other two due to injuries.
However, during their journey to win their third championship in a row in 2019, the Warriors faced a multitude of injuries. With Kevin Durant and Andre Igoudala out, plus Klay Thompson missing game three in the NBA finals, the Warriors found themselves down in a 3-1 deficit. The Warriors got the win in game five to make the series 3-2. During the third quarter of game six with the game going back and forth, Klay was ahead in a fast break, and Danny Green jumped up behind him trying to block him. Klay fell because of Danny Green’s block attempt and tore his ACL. He missed the rest of the game and the entirety of next season. The Warriors lost in game six by five points and the Toronto Raptors won the championship.
Kevin Durant left the Warriors in the offseason and Klay was injured for the entire next season. With two of their three best players out of the roster, Stephen Curry had to carry the team. Unfortunately, he broke his left arm five games into the season vs the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter. The Warriors went on to finish the season 15-50, last in the Western Conference.
The next year, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were set to return. The Warriors were contenders again until … Klay Thompson tore his Achilles during a basketball practice before the season started. The Warriors were left stunned once again. Curry had to try to carry the team again. The Warriors ended the season 39-31, as the eighth seed. But the Warriors lost two straight play-in games and were eliminated from the 2021 postseason.
After suffering a torn ACL and a torn Achilles, Klay Thompson has finally returned to the game of basketball. But Steph Curry and the Warriors were doubted, everyone thought the stars were aging, Klay won’t be the same after two major injuries, and the bench was inexperienced. The Warriors finished as the third seed in the West. Then in the playoffs, the Warriors went on to beat the Nuggets 4-1 in the first round. Beat the Grizzlies in six games in the second round. Demolishing the Mavericks in five games with Klay hitting eight threes in the final game to send the Warriors to the NBA finals. The Warriors shockingly lost the opening game one to the Celtics but bounced back in game two to tie the series at 1-1. Game three was a back-and-forth game through three quarters. But in the fourth quarter, the Celtics completely outplayed the Warriors and won the game by sixteen. Down 2-1, the world was sure the Warriors were done, on the road and down 2-1 in the series. But Steph Curry shocked the world, playing the greatest game of his playoff career. Scoring 43 points along with 10 rebounds and the Warriors tied the series at 2-2. In game five, Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson combined for 47 points and carried the Warriors to win by 10 despite Curry’s terrible shooting. Curry sealed the deal in game six, scoring 34 points with six threes, he lifted the Warriors over the Celtics in game six to win the finals four games to two. Curry won the first Finals MVP of his career. Stephen Curry and the Warriors simply owned the 2022 playoffs and did something very few thought they could do.