The Warriors have every right to be frustrated by the way their season came to a close, but coach Steve Kerr reflected on the positives following Friday night's 117-112 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at Chase Center.
"I think this season absolutely was a success Anthony, we would have loved to have gotten into the playoffs and tried to make a run. We were really a good team over the last 22 games I guess. To put together a stretch like that over an entire quarter of a season, that's not a fluke, we were the No. 1 defense in the league during that span. To watch Jordan (Poole), Juan (Toscano-Anderson), Mychal Mulder, these young guys grow and develop, that makes this a successful season because of what it sets up for next year."
Kerr and the Warriors defied many expectations in the wake of Klay Thompson's injury, as Steph Curry's MVP-caliber season lifted the rest of the team up over the final few months of the regular season.
Standing outside the playoff picture for much of the season, the Warriors climbed into the play-in tournament field by winning 15 of the team's final 20 games.
Thompson and James Wiseman hope to be at full strength by the time next season rolls around, and after the remarkable campaigns put together by Curry and Draymond Green, this Warriors team will be formidable.
Add in the development by Toscano-Anderson, Mulder and Poole, and the Warriors should be right back in the conversation among the contenders in the West.
Nevertheless, this loss still stings for all of Dub Nation.