Aside from those in the San Francisco Bay Area, NBA fans everywhere are praying for the downfall of the perennial juggernaut Golden State Warriors as they hunt for their fourth championship in five years this season. When the league's outcome has become a foregone conclusion, fans tend to become bored: So here are three dream scenarios in which the Warriors fail to hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy this coming June.
3. Major Injury Issues
When fully healthy, the Warriors are unbeatable, especially with the addition of Demarcus Cousins. However, Cousins, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry have dealt with major injury issues the past few seasons. Should any of them go down, Golden State could be in a lot of trouble.
2. Boston Celtics Living Up To the Hype
Having one of the best young cores in the league, (arguably) the best coach in basketball, and returning two former all-stars from injury, the Boston Celtics look primed to make a deep run into this years playoffs. Also with the prospect of Anthony Davis potentially heading to Beantown, the Celtics may be the team that will be able to contend with the Warriors stacked "death lineup."
1. The Western Conference Making Major Strides
It's not going to be a walk in the park this year for the Warriors to get to the finals. The Rockets--who took the Warriors to seven games last year--got better with the addition of Carmelo Anthony, the Thunder and Jazz have also made strides, and...oh yeah, the best basketball player alive now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. As the Western Conference has gotten even stronger, the Warriors are given less and less of a chance of winning it all.