The Minnesota Timberwolves and the rest of the league should not cower to the Golden State Warriors.
This will not come as breaking news to anyone, but it probably needs to be stated first and foremost: the Golden State Warriors are really, really good. This happens when you put three future Basketball Hall of Famers in the same starting lineup. A team could have Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and fill out the rest of the roster with high school seniors and still win 50 games. They are fantastic.
They are not unbeatable, though. No matter what your neighbor says.
For example, the 2015-2016 Cleveland Cavaliers beat Golden State in the Finals. That’s in a season where Golden State broke the single season wins record. That was also before the addition of Kevin Durant, but the Cavaliers were also without Kyrie Irving for most of that series.
Many thought the Chicago Cubs were going to be a dynasty for the next decade after winning the World Series in 2016 and at the All-Star Break they are not in first place in the National League Central. They are not barely out of first, but are 5.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the Central and are 7.5 games out of an NL Wild Card spot. The second half of the season remains, but a team that looked dominant less than a year ago currently looks lost.
The New England Patriots are considered to be a dynasty by many after their five Super Bowl championships. New England has only won the Super Bowl in consecutive years once with their 2003 and 2004 victories.
The teams that we consider the best in sports all have cracks. It’s hard to win and win and win, year after year after year. Dynasties don’t win every year even if they are a dynasty.
Crazy things can happen, too. Who thought that the Nashville Predators would make it to the Stanley Cup? Heck, who’d thought that the Minnesota Twins would have a winning record at the All-Star Break this season. Sports are weird. Teams need to account for that weirdness.
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I’ve heard people say that the Minnesota Timberwolves need to wait to really try for championships until after the Warriors window closes in a few years, but, let’s not forget that windows get dirty and sometimes you can’t see out of them until you clean it. There’s no reason the Timberwolves or any other team in the NBA can’t beat out the Warriors during ‘their window’.
To the credit of the Timberwolves, it doesn’t look like they are running away. They are running right towards the Warriors with the additions of Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford. The scary thing is that the Wolves aren’t the only ones running towards Golden State.
It might not be specifically this upcoming season, but in the next couple seasons there is no reason the Wolves can’t be that team to break the Warriors’ window. That might be your breaking news.
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