The Golden State Warriors might be in trouble this year. Kevin Durant is now with the Brooklyn Nets, and Klay Thompson will be recovering for most of the season with an ACL tear that he suffered in the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
But still, the Warriors still have a lot of talent. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, D'Angelo Russell, and Kevon Looney are all going to be impactful players for this squad in 2019-20.
It was also good news for Golden State fans that Thompson’s injury — if he had to suffer a serious one — was an ACL tear. That’s a pretty normal thing to have in this league, and players can absolutely come back from it just as strong (if not stronger).
For that reason, Thompson thinks that people shouldn’t be counting the Warriors out. Speaking to ESPN this week, Thompson said that it was premature to assume that the Golden State dynasty is over just because Durant is on the East Coast.
“I think that’s a little premature to say there’s no more dynasty. We still have Stephen Curry, 2-time MVP. Draymond Green, Defensive Player of the Year. Adding D’Angelo Russell was an incredible get for us. I mean, the kid’s going to blossom into a superstar in this league.
To say the dynasty is over is a little ignorant because I’m going to come back better and even more athletic. It would not be smart to count the Dubs out.”
There’s a lot of questions surrounding this team. Everyone is getting older, Thompson is coming off of an injury, and they are more top-heavy than ever. But just because the team isn’t a guarantee to win the Finals each and every year doesn’t mean the dynasty is over. A dynasty can still be a run of dominant play mixed with championship wins.
At the end of the day, we should still expect Golden State to be one of the best teams in the Western Conference over the next three or four years. Until they show us otherwise, we have to point out that the dynasty in San Francisco is ongoing.
NEW YORK (AP) New York Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett will miss at least a week with a sprained right ankle.
Barrett was hurt during the Knicks’ loss to Phoenix on Thursday. On Friday, he had X-rays, which were negative.
The Knicks announced afterward that Barrett will be re-evaluated in a week.
The No. 3 pick in the draft from Duke is averaging 14.1 points.
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat say Justise Winslow will miss at least two more weeks while recovering from a back injury.
Winslow has played only once since Dec. 4 and is slated to be out for at least the remainder of January. The team originally called Winslow’s injury a back strain, then updated the diagnosis to a bone bruise.
Winslow played off the bench in Miami’s win at Indiana on Jan. 8. The team said the back problems reappeared after that game. He has not played since.
Friday’s game in Oklahoma City is Miami’s 41st of the season and the 30th that Winslow has missed. He’s averaging 11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Heat this season.
The Hawks beat the Spurs in San Antonio on Feb. 15, 1997.
The next year, Kevin Huerter was born.
Atlanta’s next win in San Antonio came Friday, when Huerter hit the game-winning 3-pointer in a 121-120 win.
The Hawks’ losing streak in San Antonio spanned Tim Duncan’s entire lengthy career – and continued a few seasons beyond that. The only reprieve came during the lockout-shortened 1999 season, when Atlanta didn’t visit San Antonio. So, the skid lasted 21 games.
Buddy Hield is quite familiar with frustration amid the Kings’ disappointing season.
Sacramento fans showed theirs Wednesday, booing the Kings during their home loss to the Mavericks.
Buddy Hield, via James Ham of NBC Sports California:
“Everybody is frustrated, it’s not even them, we’re trying to figure it out too,” Buddy Hield said following the loss. “But it’s the home team and we get booed…we don’t agree with it, but they’re going to voice their opinion.
“I understand their frustration, but like I said, I’m going to keep shooting the ball,” Hield continued. “When I make a three they like me, when I don’t, they hate you. That’s how Sacramento fans are, man, so you’ve got to embrace it.”
Hield seemingly isn’t looking to pick a fight with fans. He made a point to empathize with their frustration.
But I don’t think he’s being fair, either.
Kings fans are far more loyal than swinging between love and hate depending whether or not a shot falls. They’re fed up after 13 – going on 14 – straight seasons missing the playoffs. This year has been particularly discouraging, as Sacramento has backtracked from fun and fast to sad and slow. Losing to Luka Doncic – a particular grievance – only adds to the irritation.
The Kings’ problems have spanned multiple owners, executives, coaches and players. So, booing this group isn’t totally fair, either. But this is who’s in front of the fans.
If this Sacramento team plays hard and together, fans will embrace it – and stick with it through thinner times.