2018–19 Golden State Warriors season
The 2018–19 Golden State Warriors season was the 73rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 57th in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Warriors entered the season as the two-time defending NBA champions, having won back-to-back NBA championships. This was the Warriors' final season at Oracle Arena in Oakland, before moving to the new Chase Center in San Francisco, beginning with the 2019–20 NBA season. The Warriors won the Pacific Division title and Western Conference Championship for the fifth consecutive season. They finished with the best record in the Western Conference, with a record of 57–25. Golden State made the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season, a new franchise record. The previous record was six, in the team's first six years of existence between 1947 and 1952. Golden State recorded 50 wins for the sixth consecutive season, a franchise record. In the postseason, the Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 4–2 in First Round, the Houston Rockets 4–2 in the Western Conference Semifinals, and swept the Portland Trail Blazers 4–0 in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors' run ended in the NBA Finals, where they lost 4–2 to the Toronto Raptors. Golden State made their fifth consecutive Finals appearance and are the second team in NBA history to achieve this feat after the Boston Celtics made ten straight between 1957–1966.[a] The Warriors playoff run was riddled with injuries, with DeMarcus Cousins (quadricep tear in the First Round), Stephen Curry (dislocated finger in the Semifinals), Kevin Durant (calf strain in the Semifinals, ruptured achilles in the Finals), Andre Iguodala (calf strain in the Western Conference Finals), Klay Thompson (hamstring strain and a torn ACL in the Finals), and Kevon Looney (fractured collar bone in the Finals) all missing a combined total of 26 games. This was Kevin Durant's final season with the Warriors, as he signed with the Brooklyn Nets as a free agent.
|2018–19 Golden State Warriors season|
|Head coach||Steve Kerr|
|General manager||Bob Myers|
|Place||Division: 1st (Pacific)|
Conference: 1st (Western)
|Playoff finish||NBA Finals|
(Lost to Raptors 2–4)
|Television||NBC Sports Bay Area|
|Radio||95.7 The Game|
Klay Thompson broke the NBA record for three-pointers made in a game with 14, surpassing the 13 made by teammate Stephen Curry in the 2016–17 season. Curry broke the NBA record for most three-pointers made in the playoffs with 470. The record was held by Ray Allen, who had 385. This season Curry also moved into third on the all-time career three-point scoring list with 2,483; only Ray Allen and Reggie Miller having made more three-pointers during the regular season in NBA history. Curry, Durant, and Thompson were all named to the All-Star Game. Durant was named MVP of the game, the fourth time a Warrior player has won the award and first since 1967. Curry and Durant were named to the All-NBA Team. Green and Thompson were named to All-Defensive Team, it was Green's fifth consecutive selection which tied Nate Thurmond for the most selections in franchise history. With the addition of free agent DeMarcus Cousins in the off-season, the Warriors had five All-Stars on their roster that were named to the 2018 All-Star Game. This is the sixth time in NBA history a team has had five All-Stars from the previous season, and the first since the Boston Celtics in 1976. From November 15 to 21, the Warriors lost four games in a row for the first time since the 2012–13 season, and for the first time under the tenure of Steve Kerr.
|Round||Pick||Player||Position||Nationality||School / club team|
|1||28||Jacob Evans||SG||United States||Cincinnati|
|2018–19 Golden State Warriors roster|
- As of June 13, 2019
- Most three-pointers made in game: 14 (Klay Thompson, vs Chicago Bulls on October 29, 2018
- Most games with 10+ three-pointers in a season: 6, (Stephen Curry, up to and including game against Minnesota Timberwolves on March 29, 2019. He's made 10+ 15 times in his career)
- Most three-pointers made in a half: 10, (Klay Thompson, tied with Chandler Parsons)
- Most three-pointers made without missing: 10, (Klay Thompson, 10 of 10 3FG vs Los Angeles Lakers on January 21, 2019)
- Most consecutive games with at least five three-pointers: 7, (Stephen Curry, first seven games of the season)
- Most games with 11+ three-pointers: 13, (Stephen Curry, up to and including game against Minnesota Timberwolves on March 29, 2019)
- Most three-pointers made in the first four games of the season: 22, (Stephen Curry, broke his own record of 21 in the 2015–16 season)
- Most three-pointers made in the playoffs: 470 (Stephen Curry, surpassed Ray Allen's 385 for the NBA record)
- Most points in a four-game playoff series: 146 (Stephen Curry against Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals. Previous record of 145 was held by Shaquille O'Neal)
- Most three-pointers made in a four-game playoff series: 26 (Stephen Curry against Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals. He broke his own record of 22)
- Most consecutive playoff games with a made three-pointer: 112 - ongoing streak (Stephen Curry, has made a three-pointer in every playoff game he's played in)
- Most consecutive playoff games with a made three-pointer at home: 58 - ongoing streak (Stephen Curry)
- Most consecutive playoff games with a made three-pointer on the road: 54 - ongoing streak (Stephen Curry)
- Most points scored in a first half in a playoff game: 38, (Kevin Durant, tied with Charles Barkley)
- First teammates to both have a triple-double in the same postseason game: Draymond Green and Stephen Curry (against Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4)
- Most points scored in a first quarter: 51, (vs the Denver Nuggets on January 15, 2019)
- Most three-pointers made in a half: 17, (17 of 27 3FG vs Chicago Bulls on October 29, 2018)
- Most combined three-pointers made in a game: 43, (vs New Orleans Pelicans on January 16, 2019. Warriors made 24, Pelicans made 19)
- Most consecutive playoff series with a road win: 23 (surpassed the Miami Heat who had 19. The Warriors have won a game on the road in every series since they played the Denver Nuggets in the First Round of the 2012–13 season.)
- Longest unanswered run in an NBA Finals game: 20 (vs Toronto Raptors on June 2, 2019, Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals. The Warriors went on a 20-0 run. The streak started at 4.1 seconds left in the 2nd quarter until 6:58 left in the 3rd quarter.)
- Most three-pointers made: 2,483 (Stephen Curry, he's currently third on the all-time career 3-point scoring list)
- Most triple-doubles in the postseason: 10 (Draymond Green. Green is tied fourth all-time for most triple doubles in the playoffs)
- Most playoff games played: 123 (Klay Thompson, missed his first ever playoff game in the NBA Finals, Game 3)
- Most three-pointers in a game: 24 (twice this season, vs Chicago Bulls on October 29, 2018 and vs New Orleans Pelicans on January 16, 2019
- Most points in a half: 92, vs Chicago Bulls on October 29, 2018. 92 is the second most points in a first half in NBA history, behind the Phoenix Suns 107 in 1990. 92 is the fifth most points in any half in NBA history, again behind the Suns 107
- Most three-pointers in a quarter: 10, (10 of 14 3FG vs the Denver Nuggets on January 15, 2019)
- Most three-pointers made in a season: 1,078
- Most consecutive 50+ win seasons: Six (The Warriors had only reached 50 wins four times in the previous five decades, in 1971–72, 1975–76, 1991–92, and 1993–94)
- Most consecutive NBA Finals appearances: Five (Only the Boston Celtics have appeared in more consecutively in NBA history. They appeared in ten straight between 1957 and 1966)
- Most consecutive Western Conference Finals appearances: Five (only the Los Angeles Lakers have appeared in more consecutive Finals, with eight between 1982–89)
- Most consecutive playoff series wins: Nine (longest streak since the Miami Heat won eleven in a row)
- Most consecutive playoff appearances: Seven (The previous record was six, in the team's first six years of existence between 1947 and 1952)
|c – Golden State Warriors||57||25||.695||0.0||30–11||27–14||13–3||82|
|x – Los Angeles Clippers||48||34||.585||9.0||26–15||22–19||11–5||82|
|Los Angeles Lakers||37||45||.451||20.0||22–19||15–26||9–7||82|
|1||c – Golden State Warriors *||57||25||.695||–||82|
|2||y – Denver Nuggets *||54||28||.659||3.0||82|
|3||x – Portland Trail Blazers||53||29||.646||4.0||82|
|4||y – Houston Rockets *||53||29||.646||4.0||82|
|5||x – Utah Jazz||50||32||.610||7.0||82|
|6||x – Oklahoma City Thunder||49||33||.598||8.0||82|
|7||x – San Antonio Spurs||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|8||x – Los Angeles Clippers||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|10||Los Angeles Lakers||37||45||.451||20.0||82|
|13||New Orleans Pelicans||33||49||.402||24.0||82|
|2018 preseason game log|
Total: 1–4 (Home: 1–3; Road: 0–1)
Preseason: 1–4 (Home: 1–3; Road: 0–1)
|2018–19 season schedule|
|2019 playoff game log|
Total: 14–8 (Home: 6–5; Road: 8–3)
First Round: 4–2 (Home: 1–2; Road: 3–0)
Conference Semifinals: 4–2 (Home: 3–0; Road: 1–2)
Conference Finals: 4–0 (Home: 2–0; Road: 2–0)
NBA Finals: 2–4 (Home: 0–3; Road: 2–1)
After all games.
‡Waived during the season
†Traded during the season
≠Acquired during the season
|Kevin Durant||2-year contract worth $61.5 million|
|Kevon Looney||1-year contract worth $1.5 million|
|DeMarcus Cousins||1-year contract worth $5.3 million||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Jonas Jerebko||1-year contract worth $1.5 million||Utah Jazz|
|Damion Lee||Two-way contract||Atlanta Hawks|
|Marcus Derrickson||Two-way contract||Georgetown Hoyas|
|Alfonzo McKinnie||2-year contract worth $2.7 million||Toronto Raptors|
|Andrew Bogut||1-year contract worth $486,892||Sydney Kings|
|Player||Reason left||New team|
|Chris Boucher||Waived||Toronto Raptors|
|JaVale McGee||1-year contract worth $2.4 million||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Omri Casspi||1-year contract worth $2.1 million||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Zaza Pachulia||1-year contract worth $2.4 million||Detroit Pistons|
|Nick Young||1-year contract worth $1.6 million||Denver Nuggets|
|Patrick McCaw||2-year contract worth $6 million||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Stephen Curry||Western Conference Player of the Week||October 22–28|||
|Stephen Curry||Western Conference Player of the Week||December 3–9|||
|Steve Kerr||Western Conference Coach of the Month||January|||
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