Why the Warriors’ chase for greatness has become such a slog

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Steve Kerr still remembers the moment that the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty could have died before it even began. As he walked into the Memphis Grizzlies’ practice facility last week, Kerr couldn’t help but think back to being down 2-1 to Zach Randolph & Co., wondering if the Warriors would ever reach their full potential.

“I had a flashback walking into this building, in this practice gym,” Kerr told ESPN. “[Warriors GM] Bob Myers and I laid on that floor over there down 2-1 to Memphis in 2015 and we were basically talking, ‘Can we do this? Can we pull this off? Can we beat Memphis?'”

Four years later, the Warriors remain in the midst of one of the greatest runs in NBA history. They have gone to four straight NBA Finals and have won three of the past four NBA championships. They have won more games — 317– over the past five seasons than any team in any five-year span in NBA history, breaking their own record set from 2013-14 through 2017-18.8

However, when the Warriors set that record on Sunday night — breaking their own mark that encompassed Mark Jackson’s final season as coach and Kerr’s first four — there was no major celebration. No trophy was handed out, and no banner will be raised to commemorate it.

As the Warriors come to the end of another long, 82-game regular season, the grind of winning another championship has never been more apparent. Still, Kerr has remained upbeat and optimistic about his team’s present and future, even in the wake of unexpected blowout losses that appeared to show cracks in the Warriors’ facade. When his players just didn’t have it on a particular night, notably in a March 23 home loss to the Dallas Mavericks when they were embarrassed by 35 points, neither Kerr nor his players were too concerned. The group has always believed that there were more important games ahead, so why sweat games that didn’t matter as much in the grand scheme of a long season?cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“If we had a night like we had against Dallas four years ago nobody [outside the team] would care,” Stephen Curry said. “[Now] it becomes a bigger story and we have to answer to it and we felt s—ty and the whole deal. So that pressure and the expectations that we put on ourselves and ones that are coming from the outside. As much as guys want to go home and turn it off and they have balance in their lives, it’s always in the back of your head, so year after year of that is tough.”