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Warriors Fail to Make the Playoffs, Is the Dynasty Officially Over?

GSW Lost to the Sacramento Kings 118-94 in the Play-In Tournament

What’s in Future for the Warriors?

For almost 10 years the Golden State Warriors personified excellence, winning four NBA Championships since 2015 while playing an entertaining brand of basketball. Last night’s 118-94 road loss against the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Play-In Tournament is more than just the end of their season, as it could also signal the end of their dynasty.


Warriors Fail to Make the Playoffs, Is the Dynasty Officially Over?
Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

This is the first season the Warriors will miss the NBA Playoffs with their Big 3 of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all healthy. NBA News outlets witnessed how the 2023-24 season was a roller coaster for the Warriors. While Curry played at a high level and young teammates like Jonathan Kuminga and Brandin Podziemski stepped up, Green and Thompson’s issues leave the team with more questions than answers for the future.

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The End of An Era is Near

Last night’s Warriors game evidenced what many didn’t want to accept, Thompson, Green, and Chris Paul are all past their primes. The end of their careers is near and you can’t rely on them to be Curry’s co-stars and help this team contend on a regular basis.


What’s next for the Warriors? The GSW will have to decide whether they should rebuild around Curry and get younger or keep their Big 3 of Curry, Thompson, and Green for one last run.

Behind the Splash Brothers, Curry and Thompson, with their lethal 3-point shooting skills, Green’s defensive intensity, and head coach Steve Kerr’s leadership, the Warriors reached the NBA Finals six times between 2015 and 2022; however, they struggled in the last two years. In 2023, they lost in the second round of the playoffs against the Warriors, and now despite trading for Paul to improve their depth, they didn’t make it out of the NBA Play-In Tournament.

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Will Thompson Return?

The Klay Thompson stats on Tuesday were a disaster. Thompson went scoreless on 0-of-10 from the field and 0-of-6 from 3-point range in 32 minutes. It was Thompson’s first scoreless game since his rookie season in 2011.

The 34-year-old guard, who has 2,481 made 3-pointers in the regular season (sixth-most in NBA history) and 501 in the playoffs (second-most behind Curry) is entering free agency, and injuries have caught up with him.

Thompson suffered debilitating knee and Achilles injuries in consecutive years, which affected his dynamism on the court. This season he was demoted to a bench role before eventually returning to the starting lineup. Many experts and fans think that it’s time for the Warriors to rebuild but Kerr disagrees.

“These guys are all still really damn good players, so hopefully, we can re-sign Klay. Draymond and Steph are under contract, so we’re going to roll it back next year.”

“We need Klay back. I know he had a tough night tonight,” Kerr explained. “I know I speak for everyone in the organization, we want him back. Obviously, there’s business at hand and that has to be addressed … But what Klay has meant to this franchise, as good as he is, we definitely want him back.”

Only time will tell if the Warriors bring Thompson back with a team-friendly deal to finish his career with them or if he’ll go after a bigger final payday somewhere else. One thing’s for sure, this team won’t compete again unless they improve their roster significantly.

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