The Golden State Warriors dynasty appears to be moving closer to its demise.

Golden State’s once-unique magic appears to be vanishing before our own eyes.

In Los Angeles More than just its supporters celebrating a 3-1 series lead could be heard in the boisterous volume and jubilant hum coursing down and through the Los Angeles Lakers’ home arena as the seconds passed.

Additionally, it was the dissonant drone of the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty, which seemed to groan under the weight of its own past and a current that was struggling to support it.

Klay Thompson kept missing crucial shots, his 3-of-11 shooting performance that night a sign of exhaustion and difficulty. With just 5.1 seconds remaining and his team behind by three points, Draymond Green threw the ball away in a crucial situation. The last hope, Steph Curry, was unable to make even one last shot attempt to try to maintain the hope.

There were so many indications that the Warriors club was an older, slower, inferior version of the team that had dominated the NBA for almost a decade as a thrilling and windy game played itself out.

It’s possible that we shouldn’t give up on the Warriors just yet. Perhaps our sense of finality should be preserved by recollections of 2016, when Curry, Thompson, and Green mounted a comeback from a 3-1 Western Conference Finals deficit against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Perhaps that tank contains more magic.


The Warriors handed up a 12-point lead on Monday night at Arena, and they did it again in the fourth quarter when they allowed a 7-0 run to start the quarter and equal the score.

The Warriors appeared on this occasion as they have intermittently during the season and postseason: Undoubtedly a version of the quality we remember from them, but one that was lacking when it really counted, being worn down at the edges and in areas where they used to dominate.

It can become cliché to imagine two seasoned prizefighters engaging in one final fight. However, it seems more and more like a fitting comparison for this series. And the Warriors are the ones who are emerging bleeding, bruised, and beat up.

In this series, LeBron James has occasionally appeared to be getting older. But while they fight to keep their dynasty alive, the Warriors appear to be hindered by something that has changed or passed.

With his 27 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists, LeBron was able to push himself closer to the records he’s already broken. He also benefited from support that the Warriors’ three neither got nor gave.

Anthony Davis once again displayed outstanding defense while going for 23 and 15 points. With 21, Austin Reeves showed more promise. Of all persons, Lonnie Walker IV scored 15 points, all of which came in the last frame.

With Golden State, it was a different story. The now predictable turnovers, as well as missed layups and floaters from Curry, the kind that made fans accustomed to the certainty of his performance shake their heads in bewilderment, punctuated their moments of promise. Also noteworthy were Thompson’s forced threes and Green’s errant choices.

It was similar to watching the old Warriors, just slower, weary, and less confident. Every success was followed by a letdown. There is an aging streak for every glimmer of promise.

Even their box scores showed signs of weariness along with desire: Steph shot a terrible 12 of 30 while also having trouble shooting 3 of 14 from beyond the arc. 3 out of 11 were Thompson. Green had an 8-10-7 line, but he also appeared to be a step slower and a little less skilled.

The series is still ongoing. We have seen before what even a small amount of momentum can ignite in this Warriors team, and a victory in Golden State on Wednesday would transfer that momentum back to Golden State.

But the Warriors’ present is overwhelming, and their future appears so hazy.

Green’s future in Golden State after this season is uncertain, despite the fact that he is one of the dynasty’s pillars. It also depends on whether Bob Myers, head of the basketball organization, who was responsible for this success, will return. His contract is up, and there are rumors that he might leave the Warriors if they do not significantly increase his pay, which insiders believe to be a very serious possibility.

So many of these things can usually be cured by winning. However, losing may frequently have the opposite effect, which is why so much depends on how this series plays out. Imagine the Warriors failing to go past the second round, 11 months after winning an unexpected title.

A dynasty can end. Time will come for everyone and everything, sooner or later.

Over the following six days, one of two things will occur. Either the Lakers win one more game, marking the beginning of the end of Golden State’s current winning streak, or the Warriors will delay the passage of time once again by regaining their previous form in another incredible comeback.