This season, the Golden State Warriors had many obstacles to overcome, yet they still managed to earn a playoff berth for only the second time in 19 years.
Coming as the underdogs, Stephen Curry’s pressure shooting led the Warriors upset over the Denver Nuggets, ending the series 4-2.
The Warriors then faced a tougher challenge against the San Antonio Spurs, known for their three all stars: Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker, who scored two late three pointers to end the game on Thursday. The Spurs came out on top in the series with a record of 4-2.
Despite being knocked out of the playoffs, the season as a whole is being considered a massive success, and championship hopes for next season are the highest in years.
”The expectations for us this year, we exceeded all of them plus way more,” said rookie forward Draymond Green.
All season long, Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut faced ankle injuries. Curry receieved two surgeries on his right ankle and many questioned whether or not Bogut’s surgically repaired left ankle would hold out for the whole season.
Nevertheless, Curry had the best season of his career. He averaged a career-high 22.9 points and 6.9 assists per game. Along with that, he broke NBA legend Ray Allen’s record of 269 three pointers by scoring his 272nd three pointer in the last game of the regular season.
After being declared out indefinitely after the first four games, Bogut missed 50 out of 82 regular season games. Bogut came back right when the Warriors needed him most and played a crucial part in the playoffs by averaging 10.9 rebounds a game.
With a large majority of the same players returning next year and Curry fully healed from his injury, the Warriors have risen to become one of the top teams in the NBA.