LBS- Golden State started 24-0 this season before losing at Milwaukee. In that game, the Warriors were missing Harrison Barnes, and Thompson himself was out of rhythm in his first game back after an ankle injury.
“Yeah, it was frustrating, but that’s hoops,” Thompson said of that game, in a Q&A with the Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps. “That’s basketball. I was lucky it wasn’t that bad. It did suck, but we were gonna lose eventually. If we were completely healthy, we probably would still be undefeated, but Milwaukee caught us at a great time and they played a great game, so that’s hoops.”
Golden State’s only other loss this season came at Dallas without Stephen Curry, with the team clearly unsure how to cope without him.
Holy shit, I never even thought about that! How about you guys? Did you realize that both of the Warriors losses came when they had players that were banged up? That's crazy. Almost doesn't seem fair that injuries derailed their undefeated season. We should probably put an asterisk next to those two games. Wouldn't want people to forget that they came after the Warriors historically long streak of relative health ended. We can't let a sprained right ankle, that Klay Thompson played on anyway, get in the way of history. We can't let the fact that Steph Curry sat out with a sore shin stand in the way of Golden State's ability to potentially break the record for wins in a season. If Milwaukee and Dallas had any integrity they would wait until the entirety of the Warriors roster is back to 100% so they can schedule makeup games. It's not like nursing unforeseen injuries mid-season is something that every team has to deal with. When will people understand that not only are the Golden State Warriors the best team in the NBA, but they are also the most unfortunate team in the NBA. Really makes their record that much more impressive.
In all seriousness, do you know who was the biggest loser (relatively speaking) when the Warriors decided to take on a cocky, braggadocious attitude in the offseason? Klay Thompson. It's not for lack of effort, but his level of swag is absolutely infinitesimal. Everything he says sounds like a complaint. Steph Curry can fully embrace his hubris because his shotmaking and ball handling lend themselves to it. Draymond Green is a natural shit talker. Klay Thompson - on the other hand - just sounds more and more pretentious with each and every attempt at arrogance. It's the strangest thing. Hey, trash talking isn't for everybody, but self awareness should be. So maybe Klay Thompson should just remain a silent killer, because his incessant whining is doing no favors for the perception of the Warriors egotistical demeanor.