This time, the insult came before the injury.
For the first two and a half quarters of Wednesday night's game between Golden State and Phoenix, the Suns—one of the worst teams in the league last season—were trouncing the Warriors in the brand-new Chase Center.
After one quarter, the Suns led by a score of 43-14, which seemed like a typo, and by halftime, they'd dropped 72 points on the 2018-19 Western Conference champs.
Then, with just over eight minutes left in the third and the Warriors down 29, Steph Curry drove toward the basket and collided with Aron Baynes, a player 7 inches taller and 75 pounds heavier than him.
They both collapsed to the floor, and Curry's arms folded awkwardly beneath Baynes's body.
But at this point, the timeline seems pretty meaningless.
Even if he misses only six to eight weeks (the projected time for a broken second metacarpal), by the time he is pain-free and ready to step back on the court, the Warriors, who are 1-3 with Curry in the lineup, will likely be one of the worst teams in the West.
Over the first four games of this season, it's felt as if Golden State has begun paying off the misery debt the team racked up while basking in its superteam-fueled glory.
The mass exodus this offseason, led by Kevin Durant's departure to the Nets, left the Warriors void of the depth and continuity that made them one of the best teams ever.
They were also coming into the 2019-20 season without Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL in last season's playoffs.
They didn't decide to regress or tank—they swapped out veterans for young players and hoped Steve Kerr could make it work.
But even with D'Angelo Russell in the fold and Curry's individual greatness, they haven't been able to overcome their slew of flaws, especially on the defensive end, where they rank dead last in the league.
In their three losses, the Warriors have been outscored by nearly 20 points per game and they have yet to allow less than 120 points in any of their four contests.
This was supposed to be Curry's throwback supernova season.
Without the pressure of being title favorites or the weight that came with Durant's impending free agency, an unleashed Curry was expected to once again set the league ablaze and remind us of the old days when he dropped 3s from all over the court and scored with acrobatic layups.
But what was supposed to be a season of warm nostalgia in a new arena began turning sour before the season even started.
The Warriors looked horrible in the preseason, hinting at the fact that the roster turnover they had undergone was far too drastic to stay afloat.
Still, it was easy for Warriors fans to hang their hopes on Curry, if anyone could carry them to at least a fringe playoff spot in the West, it would be him.
In the span of four games, three losses, and a catastrophic injury, this has already turned into a season from hell—and it's not yet November.