When the Golden State Warriors won it all a year ago, there was a scary sense in NBA circles that this would become the new norm.

There was, most agreed, some potential for a dynasty here.

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green – all budding stars in their prime – each had contracts that weren’t expiring anytime soon. Coach Steve Kerr had proven adept at pulling all the right strings. And when the time came to make sure their core stayed put, Joe Lacob and the rest of the Warriors’ ownership group had made it clear at every turn that they’d pay up.

But as the past few weeks have shown, it’s not quite that simple.

After the 73-win regular season that had the Warriors looking so far ahead of the pack, the Oklahoma City Thunder shattered that air of invincibility with a Western Conference Finals slugfest. The margin of error, the basketball world could see, wasn’t quite what we may have believed.

Then came the NBA Finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a one-sided series that has reaffirmed yet again that the Warriors need more than the Curry-Thompson-Green trio to remain at this elite level in the years to come. Backup point guard Shaun Livingston was the unofficial MVP of Game 1, scoring 20 points while super subs like Andre Iguodala and veteran speedster Leandro Barbosa played pivotal roles. Role players were huge yet again in Game 2, when big man Andrew Bogut put a lid on the rim early on and so many of “the others,” as TNT analyst Charles Barkley always refers to the non-superstars, turned in key performances.