Questions answered and obstacles overcome, Warriors a win from NBA Finals

DALLAS — The journey that started on June 13, 2019, is almost complete. The night the Golden State Warriors lost their crown to the Toronto Raptors, they started on a new, different road to try to contend for another championship.

And now they’re one win away. A victory Tuesday night in Dallas would complete a Western Conference finals sweep of the Mavericks and put the Warriors back in the NBA Finals for the first time in three years.

To the outside world, it looks like an obvious end point. You have Stephen Curry, you should contend for a championship. Right?

But that belies the potholes and speed bumps, the detours and roadblocks, along the way. The devastating injuries that threatened the core of the team. The hand-wringing over the Andrew Wiggins trade. The concerns about drafting James Wiseman. That belief that Jordan Poole wouldn’t make it in the NBA. The criticism that Steve Kerr somehow forgot how to coach. The passage of time and the aging of players.

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The Warriors know how hard this journey has been. But in Game 4 they must focus on the task at hand rather than the big picture. On the next 48 minutes as opposed to the past 35 months.

“Human nature is tough to deal with, when you’re balancing the emotions,” Curry said, “with everything in terms of five straight Finals, the injuries, trying to get back to that…

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