The Dynasty That Never Was? NBA Rivals See Cracks in Warriors’ Armor

Remember when the Golden State Warriors were destined to rule the NBA for the foreseeable future and win, to borrow a phrase, “not five, not six, not seven…” championships?

Ahh, such good times.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Forgive the past tense on that, uh, golden visage, but the injury machete that has lopped off the Warriors’ four All-Stars—Steph Curry (sprained knee), Kevin Durant (cracked ribs), Klay Thompson (fractured thumb) and Draymond Green (sore shoulder, china nike nfl jerseys cheap contused pelvis)—has opposing coaches and executives revising their projections for just how long the franchise’s current run of three NBA Finals’ appearances will go. While the majority still consider them the favorite to repeat as champions and win their third title in four years this year, they all included a big if—as in if they’re healthy, including their two-time league MVP, Curry.hi-res-d21a62f6fb7a4198fdadbe78cbcc52a1_crop_north

“This may be the edge Houston needs,” one Western Conference scout said. “If [Curry] is not 100 percent, I mean.”cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

While Durant and Green returned Thursday night, and Thompson is expected back sometime in the next week or so, the length of Curry’s absence has yet to be determined—and considering how he wasn’t quite the same two years ago when he resumed playing after a less severely sprained knee ligament, it’s fair to question if he can come anywhere close to that 100 percent mark this spring.

“I would still favor Golden State, but their depth will be challenged,”cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping  said an Eastern Conference executive with a championship on his resume. “I don’t care what era you’re talking about, it requires a certain amount of luck when it comes to health. They’ve had that over the last few years. The law of averages has reared its head a little right now.”

As for how long they will remain the team to beat moving forward, the same executive believes what we’ve seen this season—stretches of indifferent effort along with the injuries—indicates they are beginning their inexorable slide, at least as presently constituted.nfl cheap jerseys nike If they manage to snare another championship this season, he sees them capturing, at most, one more beyond that.

Giannis Antetokounmpo: I’m Still the NBA’s MVP Favorite

Everything was in place. It was going to be the year of Giannis.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

Through his first 10 games, Giannis Antetokounmpo was on a tear and the prohibitive favorite to win MVP. Averaging roughly 32 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while shooting 60 percent from the field, the Greek Freak was stuffing the stat sheet and one-upping himself with highlight after never-before-seen highlight on a nightly basis.765411d17725169d71089726a3114703_crop_north

After a 32-point effort on 14-of-18 shooting in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 116-107 win over the Golden State Warriors, buy nike nfl jerseys cheap there’s no doubt that Antetokounmpo remains one of the league’s most dominant and valuable players. James Harden and LeBron James may have overtaken him in the public narrative, but he certainly doesn’t think things have changed.

“I still am,” Antetokounmpo told Bleacher Report when asked if he is still the MVP favorite. To be sure, that’s his opinion, yet he acknowledges the public narrative. “I’m one of the best players in the league. We’re going to the playoffs. I’m still in the discussion. I might not be the favorite anymore, but I’m still in the discussion. That’s how I feel.”cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Bucks forward Jabari Parker added: “He’s the MVP in all our books. nfl nike jersey cheap He’s a great teammate, and we love what he does for us.”

Things have leveled out a little bit. His season numbers normalized to a cool 27-10-5, and his field-goal percentage dipped to 53. He was bearing a Westbrookian load at 34.7 percent usage through his first 10 games, and it might have been difficult to keep up,cheap nike nfl jersey  but that’s hardly reason enough to kill off his MVP case.

“I thought he was too, s–t,” Warriors forward Jordan Bell said when asked if he thought Antetokounmpo would be the MVP. “I don’t think the hype died down. I guess it did, but he’s still killing it. His numbers are the exact same.”