Kick Back with Kushal: Why I am a Dubs believer

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by Kushal Shah, Sports Reporter

After a record-breaking 2015 – 2016 season, the Golden State Warriors and their fans were both shocked by the team’s first three performances in Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

When the Thunder stunned the Warriors again with a dominant 24 point victory in Game 4 to take a 3-1 lead, I knew that the Warriors would have to win three consecutive games to keep their hopes of winning another championship alive. The team was already on thin ice and they could not afford to slip up again, and needless to say, I wasn’t too confident in their chances.

Despite my doubts, the Warriors were able to feed off of their fans’ energy in Oakland and defeat the Thunder in Game 5 to bring the series to 3-2. I was surprised by the outcome, but I knew that Game 6 would be even tougher, since it would take place at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the home of the Thunder.

 The results were astonishing to say the least: the Warriors came out battling from the tip-off, and although they trailed for the majority of the game, Klay Thompson went nuclear to drain 11 three-pointers and score 41 points, allowing the Warriors to come back and win.

Until that point, I was a casual Dubs fan, but it was this game that inspired me to follow the Warriors, in not just the big games, but also the most trivial games as well (like against the Knicks!). In Game 7, I believed the Warriors would win, and even though the Thunder built up a 13 point lead during the game, the Warriors were able to adjust in the second half to win the game and the series.

Ever since, I have always attempted to watch the Warriors’ games and constantly check for updates on the team –– whether it be about any of its players (specifically Steph and Klay) or about injuries or upcoming games. 

Now, as the start of the regular season approaches, the Warriors are once again the underdogs –– no more are the days of Kevin Durant and reliable veteran players Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. And though I haven’t even mentioned Klay’s tragic ACL injury this past offseason yet, trust me, don’t count out our Golden State Warriors just yet.

I agree that dismissing the Dubs this season may be tempting considering last season, but, then again, neither Klay and Steph had the opportunity to lead their young teammates to a respectable season. Now more than ever, the Warriors are equipped to prove all their doubters wrong thanks to the efforts of our general manager Bob Myers, who brought us not only James Wiseman (finally a true center), but also Kelly Oubre Jr., a young two-way talent.

And who knows? Maybe you’ll see the Warriors ascend to the status of a true contender in the Western Conference. Disregard us at your own peril.