The Warriors had a chance to win their third consecutive championship in the 2019 NBA Finals, but crippling injuries to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson in tandem with Kawhi Leonard playing like a young Michael Jordan ended Golden State’s dream of a three-peat.
However, even after losing KD in Game 5 of the series, Golden State still was in the lead at home in Game 6 before Thompson’s knee buckled and dashed the Warriors’ hopes and dreams of glory in Oracle Arena’s NBA finale.
Warriors star Draymond Green firmly believes that barring those injuries to Klay and KD, he’d have a fourth championship ring to add to his trophy case.
“If Klay Thompson had been healthy, I 100 percent believe that we win the title last year,” Green told ESPN’s Sam Alipour. “We have no way of ever knowing, but I 100 percent believe that.”
The Warriors would have had to go back up to Toronto for Game 7 and win in order to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy, but a healthy Klay definitely would have made that a much more attainable mission.
Unfortunately for Draymond and all Warriors fans, the human race hasn’t discovered the ability to time travel, so we’ll never know who would come out on top in that ideal scenario.
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