The Golden State Warriors are 25-1, and are undoubtedly the hottest team in NBA by far. The Warriors have taken the league by storm, and it has come over a two-year period that was built around home-grown players through the draft. Four out of the five starters on the opening day line up were drafted by The Warriors, them being; Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes. This team has grown together, and they have been able to develop something special, that looks to last and challenge the great teams that played before them.
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But at the beginning of the NBA season last year (2014-15), LeBron took his talents back to his hometown and returned to Cleveland. The Cavs selected Andrew Wiggins first overall and traded him to Minnesota for Kevin Love.
The Spurs were coming off their 5th franchise championship, and saw Kawhi Leonard take the next step as he took home the Final’s MVP honor, and received a max contract.
And as for the Warriors, they had a starting five that consisted of the injury-riddled Stephen Curry, the disgruntled Klay Thompson for being involved in any Kevin Love rumors, a young Harrison Barnes in his second season needing to evolve, Draymond Green who was filling in for the injured David Lee and the injury-prone big man Andrew Bogut. Oh, and let’s not forget that they fired Marc Jackson, and hired a rookie coach in Steve Kerr.
But as the season continued, the Warriors who were expected to battle for the lower half of the playoff seed ended up having the best record in the league finishing 67-15. The Warriors went to have a stellar postseason run and won the NBA Finals defeating LeBron and the Cavaliers.
Now although the Warriors had a new head coach, a revamped small-ball line up, and three-point duo called the “Splash Brothers” they continued to dominate night after night, but were still being questioned by many. And the questions are endless; What If Anthony Davis had a healthy Jrue Holiday? Would they have passed through the Grizzlies if Mike Conley was healthy for the entire series? If the Spurs advanced, would The Warriors be able to stop and game plan for the 2-way star Kawhi Leonard, would do his best to stop Curry/Thompson? What if Harden had a healthy Patrick Beverly to help defend Curry? And the most questioned of all, would The Warriors have taken down LeBron and the helpless Cavs if he had Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love on the floor by his side?
And in the meantime, while the NBA is worrying about the Warriors, now 25-1, starting the season as hot as any team, winning 24 straight games before being defeated by the Bucks after an exhausting road trip. After the loss, many were wondering what the Bucks did to dethrone the undefeated title from The Warriors, and Ryen Rusillo of ESPN, gave his formula blueprint on how to beat The Warriors, “Catch them[Warriors] on the seventh game of a road trip, after double overtime the night before, then missing their small forward, and their 2-guard being hurt. If you do that, you can beat them” Rusillo also added another interesting point regarding Curry, and his sky-high expectations as Curry scored 39-11-8 and Rusillo believed that he had an “alright” game. Rusillo then explained how that is absurd and I agree with Rusillo. Curry is now seen as arguably the top player in the world alongside LeBron, on the best team in the league as well as the face of the NBA, looking to capture his second consecutive MVP and Finals trophy.
I believe the loss makes Golden State that much stronger. As the undefeated, and “when are they going to their first game” questions evaporate and the Warriors can now focus on getting better and will be getting their coach Steve Kerr back in the upcoming weeks
So what happened after the Warriors lost their first game?
Well they won again, in dominating fashion after erupting for 46 points in the 3rd while holding the Suns to 19 points. Klay Thompson outscored the Suns on his own, scoring 27 of his season high 43 points. Curry shot 10-14, for 25 points while sitting out in the 4th quarter. And Draymond Green posted his 4th triple-double of the young season.
The NBA has yet to see the best of The Warriors, as they are still without SF Harrison Barnes, and head coach Steve Kerr. Those two additions, along with all the skepticism on how old they really are makes them hungrier and makes them even more dangerous. So as hard as it is to believe, the Warriors are getting better and will continue to be lethal throughout the season as they lead the pact in the wild Western Conference.
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