The 9 injuries that doomed the Warriors’ attempt to three-peat

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Golden State was banged up for most of the playoffs. It isn’t an excuse, but it is a reality.

The Golden State Warriors will not complete their three-peat. Instead, they’ve watched the Toronto Raptors win the NBA Finals, 4-2, while dropping the last three games ever played at Oracle Arena.

One thing is for sure: had the Warriors been at full strength, they would have put up a better fight.

This is not a pity party for the Golden State Warriors, whose dynasty may come to an end on their own home floor. Before the series began, I picked the Raptors to win the NBA Finals in seven games. It’s a victory for a franchise that gambled with a monster trade last summer to rent Kawhi Leonard for a season.

This is, however, a recap of the different injuries the Warriors have had to deal with this season. In Game 6, they missed two of their three best players once Klay Thompson went out with a knee injury. The banged up Warriors put up the best fight they could. Toronto, however, was too much to overcome.

In chronological order, here’s what the Warriors dealt with over the past couple months.

Stephen Curry: ankle sprain

Curry suffered a mild foot sprain against the Pelicans on April 9, and the Warriors decided not to play him in the season finale against Memphis on April 10.

He was mostly fine in the playoffs, but the rest of the stars weren’t.

DeMarcus Cousins: torn left quad

After spending the first half of the season recovering from his torn Achilles, Cousins tore his left quad in Game 2 of Golden State’s first-round series against the Clippers.

He missed the remainder of the series, plus the Warriors’ second- and third-round playoff series against the Rockets and Trail Blazers.

Cousins returned for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, well ahead of schedule, but it was clear for most of the series that he was limited in his mobility.

Stephen Curry: dislocated finger

Curry dislocated his finger in Game 2 of the West Semifinals against the Houston Rockets. He had a poor shooting outing in Game 3, but did not miss any time due to injury.

Kevin Durant: right calf strain

Durant suffered a right calf strain on May 8, in Game 5 of Golden State’s Western Conference Semifinals series against Houston.

The injury sidelined him for a month, and arguably should have kept him out longer. More on that later.

Andre Iguodala: mild hamstring injury

Iguodala suffered a hamstring injury in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. He exited and missed Game 4, but the Warriors were able to complete the sweep of the Trail Blazers without him.

He returned and played in the Finals, but wasn’t 100 percent.

Kevon Looney: sprained (and then fractured) collarbone

Looney’s collarbone sprain was upgraded to a fracture after he absorbed a Kawhi Leonard body blow on a drive.

He sat out Game 3, but returned for Game 4, at times unable to raise his arms over his shoulders.

Klay Thompson: hamstring strain

Thompson suffered a hamstring strain in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, and the Warriors opted to keep him out for Game 3. He returned as close to 100 percent as he could for Game 4.

Kevin Durant: torn Achilles

This was the most devastating injury of the season. Durant returned from his calf injury after a month of inactivity for Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Three minutes into the second quarter, he ruptured his Achilles attempting a crossover on Serge Ibaka.

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What’s good everybody I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY My road back starts now! I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way. Like I said Monday, I’m hurting deeply, but I’m OK. Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night because that’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat. Its just the way things go in this game and I’m proud that I gave it all I physically could, and I’m proud my brothers got the W. It’s going to be a journey but I’m built for this. I’m a hooper I know my brothers can get this Game 6, and I will be cheering with dub nation while they do it.

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Klay Thompson: TBD, but it looks bad

Thompson went up for a dunk in Game 6 and Danny Green tried to block him from behind. It ended terribly. Thompson went one way and his knee went another.

He walked off the court, then returned to action to shoot the free throws, but ultimately, the team examined him and deemed Thompson out for the remainder of the game.

Thompson had 30 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 shooting from three at that point. The Warriors went on to lose the game without him and ultimately lose the series.

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