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SportOpinion: Vulnerable Warriors facing the biggest test of their dynasty

15:20  06 june  2019
15:20  06 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Warriors struggled on both sides of the court, relying on Curry to create more than half of their offense and failing to slow down Toronto’s balanced And now the Warriors face the most difficult test in the past five seasons. They are down 2-1 in the Finals for the first time since 2015, and their

ZILLGITT: Vulnerable Warriors facing biggest test of their dynasty . Also, the Warriors are exploring second opinions on the status of important backup forward-center Kevon Looney, who previously was ruled out for the remainder of the series with fractured cartilage in the rib-chest area.

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OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors are in trouble.

With a caveat.

That dire forecast is subject to change based on the availability of All-Stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, who missed Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.

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ZILLGITT: Vulnerable Warriors facing biggest test of dynasty . He thanked the Warriors for their support and noted he appreciates Golden State’s primary owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber.

Vulnerable Warriors facing biggest test of their dynasty . The Warriors missed his scoring, leaving Curry to carry much of the offense. He had 25 of his playoff career-high 47 points in the first half when the Warriors shot 40%, but just 33.3% from Warriors not named Curry.

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The Toronto Raptors won 123-109 and a took a 2-1 series lead, and the absences of Durant and Thompson, who was a game-time decision after sustaining a mild hamstring pull in Game 2, were glaring.

It’s one thing to beat Toronto without Durant — as the Warriors did in Game 2 — but it’s another to beat the Raptors without Durant and Thompson. It’s difficult to do.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr keeps saying it’s a long series, and the decision to sit Thompson was based on not making the injury worse and risking his availability for the rest of the series.

"I never would have forgiven myself if I played him tonight and he had gotten hurt," Kerr said. "So you live with the decision you make. You make a wise decision, the wisest one you can, and then you live with it and move forward. So the good thing is Klay has done well the last two days. Now he has a couple more days to heal, and hopefully he'll be out there on Friday."

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Draymond Green doesn’t care who is on the court. And he isn’t buying the idea that the Warriors "sacrificed" Game 3 so they could get a healthy Thompson back for Game 4.

"We didn't sacrifice," Green said. "You don't sacrifice a Finals game to be healthy for the next one because anything can happen. But at the same time you do have to be smart. We would much rather have Klay for the rest of the series than putting him out there and losing him and then nothing. So no one sacrificed the game."

That’s a fine attitude and expected from the hard-edged Green.

Green said, "Everybody wants to see us lose. So I'm sure people are happy they're hurt."

Opinion: Vulnerable Warriors facing the biggest test of their dynasty © Getty (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    That's impossible to know, but this is how championship-caliber teams go down, succumbing to injuries at the end of a long season, or in Golden State’s case, the end of a long five seasons.

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    Facing the end of their dynasty , the battered Warriors need to tap into their championship spirit. The Warriors head into a ‘brand-new’ series Draymond Green’s body is akin to a crash- test dummy’s after a long shift. Kevin Durant’s right elbow is barking — to the point where he wore a compression

    If the Warriors didn’t save their season, downing the Rockets 101-92 to earn a fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals to face the Cleveland Yet when it comes to the men who actually built this roster, it didn’t take this kind of challenge for them to realize the fragile nature of their championship formula.

    But the bottom line is this: Golden State doesn't have enough without Durant and Thompson. Steph Curry’s performance was outstanding and kept the Warriors from getting blown out. But it didn’t put them in position to win.

    Curry went for 47 points — the eighth-highest scoring output in Finals history — and he couldn’t singlehandedly beat a Raptors team that produced strong all-around efforts from its five starters, led by Kawhi Leonard’s 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

    Next man up is a fine theory, but the next man isn’t Durant or Thompson. You just don’t replace them without a drop-off in play even in this age of "next man up."

    It just wasn’t their offense Golden State missed. It was their defense, too. The Warriors struggled on both sides of the court, relying on Curry to create more than half of their offense and failing to slow down Toronto’s balanced offense.

    And now the Warriors face the most difficult test in the past five seasons. They are down 2-1 in the Finals for the first time since 2015, and their attempt at a three-peat is in jeopardy.

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    Patrick MurraySenior Contributor. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The Warriors certainly proved their championship mettle in this year’s NBA Finals. By the end of Now the Warriors face the biggest challenge that all the great NBA dynasties go through - the rebuild.

    The Warriors celebrated their second straight N.B.A. championship on Friday, but continued dominance is far from a given. Their on-court reaction to a third championship in four years might have struck some as a bit restrained, but there would be no holding back at the after-party.

    "We just got to continue to battle and win the next game, go back to Toronto, win Game 5, come back to Oracle, win Game 6 and then celebrate," Green said. "Fun times ahead."

    Opinion: Vulnerable Warriors facing the biggest test of their dynasty © Getty (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

    Those fun times hinge on the return of two All-Stars.

    Golden State’s outlook changes if Thompson and perhaps Durant are back for Game 4 and the Warriors even the series. But it doesn’t guarantee anything. Toronto is very good and capable of beating Golden State no matter who is playing.

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