Warriors' NBA Championship odds shoot up after Curry injury

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October 31st, 2019

The Golden State Warriors could use a hand. A left one, to be exact.

The Warriors' NBA Championship odds have shot up significantly from +1300 to +2000 following an injury to point guard Stephen Curry. The two-time MVP fractured the second metacarpal in his non-shooting hand on Wednesday evening during a collision with Phoenix Suns center Aaron Baynes. Golden State was trailing by 29 points at the time the injury occurred and went on to lose 121-110.
Curry will meet with specialists over the next two days to determine the extent of his injury, but it's likely he will miss at least a quarter of the season, if not more.

Odds to win the NBA Championship

Team2020 NBA Championship Odds
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Milwaukee Bucks
Philadelphia 76ers
Denver Nuggets
Utah Jazz
Golden State Warriors
*Odds do not include the Houston Rockets

The Warriors dynasty is officially over

Curry's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for the 1-3 Warriors, who were already missing 80% of last season's starting lineup. The team's fifth Finals appearance in five years was followed by a mass exodus in which Kevin Durant bolted to Brooklyn, DeMarcus Cousins fled to L.A., Shaun Livingston hung up his size 14 Nikes and Andre Iguodala was dealt to Memphis to clear space for D'Angelo Russell. Klay Thompson is still around, of course, but he's expected to miss the entirety of the 2019-20 season after tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

Golden State's lack of talent was painfully apparent on opening night as they allowed the Clippers to shoot 63% from the floor and 56% from beyond the arc in a disheartening 141-122 blowout. The Warriors suffered another embarrassingly lopsided loss three nights later as they fell 120-92 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Steve Kerr's woefully undermanned squad now ranks dead last in defensive ranking, opponent field goal percentage, opponent assists and blocks.

The Warriors are woefully thin

The NBA has long been a "Next Man Up" league, and therein lies the rub for the Warriors. Golden State's bench is a motley crew of rejects and retreads including Marquese Chriss, who's now on his fourth team in as many years, and Alec Burks, who's bounced around more than a Super Ball. The team's starting lineup isn't much better with Glenn Robinson III and second round draft pick Eric Paschall both logging heavy minutes.

Golden State's best play now is to forget all about this season and focus instead on reshaping their team through the draft and free agency. GM Bob Myers should prioritize Thompson and Curry's health while forcefeeding minutes to the team's developing players to see who can actually ball. The results won't be pretty, especially after years of producing some of the most aesthetically pleasing basketball in recent memory, but it's a necessary step towards building another contender.

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