The Golden State Warriors have finally descended to mere mortality this season after two dominant prior seasons wound up being good enough to win the NBA title. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Markieff Morris has seen this change this season, despite the upgrades and changes made to their roster.
“They definitely had that air of invincibility (before); I can say that,” Morris told Sam Amick of The Athletic just two nights before being handed a 22-point loss in front of the local fans at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “I can honestly say they did. (But) you look around the league, and guys are getting better, guys are adjusting to their game. The style of play they play, they basically changed the NBA, so sooner than later guys are going to start to catch up with the way they’re going and they’re going to have to change.
“I think that’s what’s happening. Teams are figuring out how to play them different, and they definitely are. Even with Cousins, I think they’re a lot more beatable than they were in the past.”
The Warriors pulled out a win over the Houston Rockets last Wednesday and a statement win against the Thunder, but still fell short against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, as Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant struggled to provide the spark needed to close out the game.
The air of invincibility hasn't been there since the 2015-16 record-setting season, but that hasn't stopped the rest of the Western Conference from considering the Warriors their biggest threat to their playoff aspirations.