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Head coach Steve Kerr, Kevin Durant #35 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors react in the fourth quarter of Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on May 28, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bob Levey/Getty Images

It was only a week and a half ago that the Golden State Warriors led the league with a 10-1 record, looking like they would cruise to yet another NBA Finals appearance. Stephen Curry was the early-season MVP, and Kevin Durant was putting up his usual impressive numbers. Nothing was going to stop the defending champs from rolling through the Western Conference for the fifth straight year.

Golden State remains the prohibitive favorite in both the West and the NBA, but their road to a three-peat won’t be as smooth as it once appeared.

"We're banged up a little bit physically and right now we're banged up spiritually," Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr said Thursday night, via Marcus Thompson of The Athletic. “There is no getting around that. So we've got to fill our cup and get our spirit back. And we're going to. It's a long, long season. It's a tough stretch we're dealing with.”

Kerr’s comments came after Golden State was blown out in Houston 107-86. It marked the team’s third loss in five games as they deal with several key injuries.

Curry has missed four straight contests with a groin injury. He’s going to miss at least the next four games before being re-evaluated. The point guard leads the NBA with 29.5 points per game, and he’s shooting 49.2 percent from three-point range.

Draymond Green only played 24 minutes in Thursday’s blowout. He’s dealing with a sprained right toe and right foot that could force Kerr to limit the forward’s minutes when the Warriors play back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday.

Green did get a full rest Tuesday when he didn’t play because of a suspension. The 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year said he’s ready to move on from the verbal altercation he had with Durant Monday night at Staples Center.

The much-talked about incident probably won’t stop Golden State from winning a title because they simply have too much talent. Durant doesn’t have any interest in discussing the situation, telling reporters not to ask him any questions about it after losing to Houston.

The Warriors have a one-game lead in the West standings as the No.1 seed. The Toronto Raptors are a half-game ahead of Golden State for the best record in basketball.