Letourneau: Warriors "Absolutely Devastated" By Injuries

With Steph Curry's broken hand, the Warriors don't have "a lot of path to be competitive this season"

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 01, 2019 - 10:13 am
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In June, the Golden State Warriors reached their fifth straight NBA Finals and were seeking their fourth championship in five years. A few months later, the only thing they’re contending for is the No. 1 pick.

How did we get here?

“I’m kind of asking myself the same question,” San Francisco Chronicle Warriors reporter Connor Letourneau said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I wrote a story today, and the headline was ‘Should the Warriors tank?’ After I published it, I found myself thinking, ‘How crazy is it that I’m writing this story just several months removed from the NBA Finals? But life comes at you fast in the NBA, and the Warriors have seen that.”

A few short months ago, the Warriors were on top of the NBA world. A modern-day dynasty.

Then Kevin Durant got hurt – and, later, bolted in free agency. Then Klay Thompson got hurt. And now Steph Curry is hurt.

“The reality of the situation is given Klay’s injury and given that Kevin Durant left for the Nets, the Warriors just didn’t have a lot of path to be competitive in the NBA this season,” Letourneau said. “Given their contracts and the roster flexibility, there weren’t a lot of options for Bob Myers, their GM. . . . Now they’re in a position where, entering the season, they’re leaning on rookies.”

The Warriors (1-3) haven’t just lost this season; they’ve been blown out, with their first three losses coming by an average of 19.3 points.

“When you’re that thin and you have a couple more injuries, you’re absolutely devastated,” Letourneau said. “Then when you throw in Steph Curry missing at least several weeks, that’s the (death knell). Right now, this team has Draymond Green, Alec Burks, Willie Cauley-Stein, D’Angelo Russell and nine guys 23 or younger who a lot of us aren’t very familiar with.”

Click below to listen to Letourneau’s interview in its entirety.