The Golden State Warriors 125-119 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night brought their road record to a dismal 2-13. They were already without Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson, but by the fourth quarter, Draymond Green (ejection) and Steph Curry (injury) were also unavailable for the Dubs. Even while the remaining Warriors starters kept things close, they were unable to secure a crucial defensive stop.
However, the 15 points and 8 boards from Donte DiVincenzo and the 6-for-7 shooting from the field from Moses Moody were not even close to being the most interesting part of the game. A healthy Curry is more important than his outstanding stat line (38 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals in under 30 minutes of play).
The fate of the Warriors’ season and more rests in the balance after Steph was taken out of the game with a left shoulder injury.
Steph Curry is officially out for the game. Left shoulder injury. Nothing further from Warriors as of yet.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 15, 2022
Perhaps this will serve as a timely reminder of how impressive the Warriors’ championship run this summer really was. The need for fandom is sometimes unquenchable. Before Steph Curry, the Warriors were a laughingstock of the NBA for more than four decades. With Curry’s fame on the rise, the team was ready to cash in. Of course, they pounced on the opportunity, too. It’s still hard to imagine that they’ve won four titles in the last eight years.
It won’t last forever. Perhaps due to Curry’s declining performance, perhaps to injuries, perhaps to the club’s inefficiency, and probably due to all three. What does it imply, the end? Not necessarily; on Wednesday, Curry demonstrated his significant influence. Unless Curry is seriously hurt or the club is eliminated from playoff contention, Dub Nation won’t give up on this season just yet.