The Hellhound of Vengeance is here to collect all bets

Curry’s broken hand ends any optimism spiraling around the Warriors

Ray Ratto
October 31, 2019 - 9:02 am

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Well, there's your Halloween right there. You tempt the afterlife, eventually the afterlife has to put a boot in your frontals.

The Golden State Warriors are now smaller than objects in your rearview mirror. They have been shrinking to dot-hood since June, and now you can barely see them at all. The king is dead, and the body's going bad at an alarming rate.

Stephen Curry's broken hand finishes the deal. No more doubts. No more optimistic suppositions. They're done, ruining their season, ruining the vibe of their new arena, even ruining the gleeful reactions of those who thought the Warriors were too good and too uppity in the good times. Now it's all pity and commiserations and "Sorry about your loss. Wish we could enjoy it more."

They have now lost their best, second-best, third-best, fifth-best, sixth-best, seventh-best and eighth-best players since the end of last season. They will almost surely become the eighth team in pro basketball history to miss the playoffs after reaching the previous Finals, and in the same way the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat did when they lost LeBron James and the Chicago Bulls did when they lost Michael Jordan. Okay, they lost seven guys to do this, but the effect is much the same.

Sure, this is all small-sample size stuff, but losing Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Kevon Looney is anything but small. They've now lost all but 10.7 points per game from their 2018-9 roster, and no, Willie Cauley-Stein ain't making that up. You can't use load management without a load to manage.

Even when Curry and Looney return, the race will have largely run away from them.  They will know the pain of a lost season the way Curry learned in 2009-10, when the Warriors finished 13th, 26-56 and 26 games out of the playoffs. And even if they don't, it should be explained that way so that everyone understands the size of the catastrophe. The Chicago Bulls went from 62 wins to the equivalent of 17 in 1999; the Cavs last year went from 50 to 19. That's the kind of freefall we're talking about.

It should also be explained that way so if they actually do rally and make respectability out of wreckage, you diehards can be pleasantly surprised that your insane delusions actually have value.

That's just not the way to bet.

Or maybe the deities in charge of sport had decided en masse that they were as sick of the Warriors as so many people outside the Bay Area diaspora and decided to clean house, with a vengeance. If that's the case, you should keep your voices low and your heads down. They are clearly not beings with which to be trifled.

So that's your Warrior recap for this season. They are paying for the good times, full retail and with no discount for return business. And Draymond Green should sleep with the light on for awhile. He is the last man standing, with only 78 games to go. I don't like his chances.

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