The Golden State Warriors have had a phenomenal run in the 2021-22 NBA regular season. However, after a great start to the season, the Warriors seem to have lost their way. In their last 10 games, they have won just 4 and have endured three straight losses.
Despite the dip in form, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal isn’t is still very optimistic about the Warriors’ chances. On ‘Inside the NBA’ Tuesday, Shaq explained why he has not lost faith in the champion team.
“It’s hard to really judge this team when they’re not at full strength. When they become full strength, I’m not really worried about them because their three main core guys have done it, they’ve been there before,” said Shaq. “If you get 2-3 guys, you only need the rest of the guys to be followers, and to be role players, and to be proficient role players. When they get together, when they get to the playoffs and they know what’s at stake, I’m not worried about this team. Because, again, these guys have been there before, they know what to do. They will lead and hopefully, others will follow.”
It must be said Shaq is spot-on with his comments. The Warriors have been one of the most successful teams of the league in the past decade. With 5 Finals appearances and 3 Championships over the past decade, they have dominated the modern basketball era.
Unfortunately, this season they have been tested with some tough circumstances, including an injury that will keep the superstar Steph Curry out until the start of the playoffs. In the Western Conference, other teams like the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks would be hoping to take advantage of this situation and topple the Warriors from the 3rd seed.
But a team loaded with big guns like Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson know how to perform in the high pressure games, come the playoffs. And teams would be wary of the challenge the Warriors pose in their aspirations of the title.