The destination wasn’t expected, but the journey of the 2018-19 season for the Golden State Warriors was as exciting as ever.
Going for a third consecutive championship is something only a handful of teams have put themselves in position to accomplish over the years. That goal is what made the 2018-19 NBA season so intriguing for the Golden State Warriors, as the world would be watching every aspect of their chase for history.
As is the case with any team, but especially one with as big of a microscope placed on it as the Dubs, things weren’t always easy across the 82-game regular season. The November squabble between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant has been well documented.
More important for Golden State, however, was the constant search for motivation when none seemed present. A year-in, year-out competition at the highest level is exhausting for every level of the body. It was important for the Dubs to find that energy, if only for stretches at a time, so as not to foster bad habits that could possibly derail another title run.
For as much as they may slog through the regular season and sometimes even the playoffs, however, the Warriors are so naturally talented their effort level rarely seems to make a difference.
That come-and-go mentality has come back to bite them at times with disappointing losses and prolonged slumps, but at the end of the day, it was injury woes that cost them another title. More often than not, the Dubs fostered individual and team-oriented moments, ones that shaped their 2018-19 season as they chased another championship.