Latest Updates: Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and the Warriors are in grave danger

The Golden State Warriors are in jeopardy. The Houston Rockets are currently one of the hottest teams in the NBA, having won eight straight games and moving within one game of the Warriors with three weeks left in the regular season.

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It’s a surprising occurrence, especially because six of Houston’s most recent victories came after Alperen Sengun was gone for the season. Sengun, the 16th overall choice in the 2023 NBA Draft, was averaging 21.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game until suffering a major ankle sprain two weeks earlier. The fact that Houston accomplished this after losing their leading scorer and rebounder is very amazing.

Golden State is moving in the opposite direction. The Warriors have spent the most of the season in the Play-In Tournament picture, despite some analysts questioning how far the team can advance in the postseason. Just last week, ESPN’s NBA Today debated whether it was appropriate to write the Warriors out this season. Meanwhile, Draymond Green of The Volume, a podcaster, dubbed the Warriors “legitimate title contenders” in late February.

Green stated that he does not see “any team out there that we couldn’t beat,” however this has not proven to be true. Eight different teams have defeated the Warriors since he said that. Green remains obstinate. When asked if the Warriors were paying attention to the Rockets following their recent loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Green responded, “I don’t give a damn about the Rockets.”

Since the Warriors have a one-game lead for the No. 10 seed, they technically control their own destiny right now. They’re in a tight place with four games remaining on their current road trip, but they believe they can beat anyone, so that shouldn’t be an issue. Plus, they have a showdown versus Houston on April 4, and who knows what the stakes will be by then?

Whatever the final standings are, things have certainly shifted in Golden State. While the Warriors won the title in 2022, if the Rockets catch them this year or fail to advance from the Play-In, they will have missed the playoffs in three of the previous five seasons. Compare that to the preceding five seasons, during which they advanced to the NBA Finals every year and won three championships.

The Rockets might be the least of their concerns.

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