Kick Back with Kushal: Underdogs once more


by Kushal Shah, Sports Reporter

Boy, oh boy, has it been an interesting first 20 games for the Golden State Warriors. After two absolute thrashings in the Warriors’ opening games against the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks, basketball fans diagnosed the Warriors with terminal Grade A suckiness and predicted at least another year before the Dubs returned to true playoff contender status.

Well. It certainly doesn’t look like that’s the case any longer. Sure, we may not be first, or second, or even third, but we don’t need to be – in order for us to be a contender we need to continue to sit at least the eighth seed which will be enough for us to squeak into the playoffs. Now, that’s not to say that we’re going to win the championship this year, much less even get to the Finals, but it shows that even when we’re searching for our identity as a team, we are strong enough to go toe-to-toe with some of the league’s best teams.

Which teams, you ask? Good question. Just a few weeks ago, we defeated the reigning champions – the Los Angeles Lakers, and even before that we defeated their counterpart from Los Angeles – the LA Clippers. But, honestly, that’s not even the most noteworthy ability of our Golden State Warriors.

You see, we didn’t just beat two of the arguably best teams. We came back, despite us being down deep in double digits. Let’s start with the Clippers game. Down by 21 points in the third quarter, our team simply refused to let up and stop fighting. Everybody pitched in – and I literally mean everybody, from the guys in our second unit who kept us in the game and trimmed the Clipper’s lead to our Steph Curry-led starting lineup. In the end, our efforts paid off with a 10 point victory. 

It was the same story against the Lakers – we were down 19 points, but the Dubs clawed their way back in the fourth quarter, rallying behind the unselfish leadership of Steph Curry to overcome the deficit and win by two.

Ultimately, I guess what I’m trying to say is – even though we may not be the best team in the league anymore, we’re once again the underdogs and we will scratch and claw for each win if we have to, and hopefully in the end (maybe not this year, but definitely next year!), we’ll be back right where we left off in the Finals three years ago, with Steph hoisting up another Larry O’Brien trophy.