Golden State Warriors Doubters Are Officially out of Ammunition

December 25th, 2015 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

Can we get rid of the asterisk?

The Golden State Warriors never deserved their 2014-15 title coming with caveats. They were the league's most dominant squad throughout the season, steamrolled their way past multiple playoff opponents and beat whomever was placed in front of them. Did they luck into facing a number of units dealing with major injuries? Sure, but no champion has ever held up the trophy without a bit of good fortune. 

Still, doubters persisted throughout the offseason, qualifying the Warriors' historic levels of success with the fact that both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were injured when they closed out the season. But those excuses should now be fully eradicated. 

In the Warriors' 89-83 victory over the defending Eastern Conference champions, Irving suited up and was held in check to the tune of a 4-of-15 showing from the field. Granted, he'd only just gotten back on the court after rehabbing his injured knee, but he still played 26 minutes in his third appearance of the year and failed to emerge as much of a difference-maker. 

Love also played, recording 10 points, 18 boards and ...

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