The Warriors are not a perfect basketball team. We’ve seen something like this around these parts of the Bay Area long ago.
But during this resurgent season, and especially, in their last two games, this ardent pessimist is finding it hard to find any problems with this team.
Even Draymond Green is struggling to make sense of this resurgence.
“I didn’t think we’d be so good … especially this fast,” Greene – who holds an extraordinarily high standard – said after Monday night’s win over the Miami Heat. “We continue to improve practice, we continue to improve games, and that will set us up well as we continue to roll through this season.”
Yes, far more often than not, these warriors look capable, united and put together in a way that would make them dangerous in spring and summer. He’s answered every question he’s asked so far this season and has created something truly incredible in the process: silence.
Even his most ardent haters – the people who are paid to question him, even during good times – aren’t getting anything on these dubs. They are very good. very deep. It’s a lot of fun to watch.
Monday night’s win against the Heat was a perfect example of the Warriors’ all-round excellence: He shot well from the floor, shot well beyond the arc, racking up 39 assists – a new season-high, The rebound well, made them free throws, forced 18 turnovers on the defense, and limited turnovers of their own. All this, while MVP frontrunner Stephen Curry had one of the worst games of the season.
This is the last point that should come into the house. Don’t you think this Warriors team is real? How do you explain the fact that Curry had one of his worst games of the season against one of the better teams in the NBA – a team that works hard and trains exceptionally well, even with the shortcoming – And the Warriors won anyway?
Last season and possibly a year before that, they would have been off the court. No doubt. Most teams in the NBA get no chance without their superstar being a superstar. The 21-22 warriors were fine.
What’s even more impressive is that the Warriors team seems to be quick to spot potential problems as well.
I have read concerns from fans and the media over this team’s lack of stature. Right now, Kevon Looney — all his 6-foot-9 — is the only “true” center of the Warriors.
But I haven’t seen a real problem yet, but you can ask Utah’s Rudy Gobert what he thought of the Warriors’ Lesser Five. Plus: 7-foot James Wiseman is headed for a comeback.
With Draymond Green missing time with COVID, there were concerns about the Warriors’ defense, without its ace. Those concerns proved to be unfounded.
And my concerns over this team’s performance in the clutch – the lack of an elite wing bucket-getter – have also been quelled of late.
Andrew Wiggins hasn’t turned into Kevin Durant, but he doesn’t need to be the way Curry has played.
In their last 15 games, the Warriors have been the best-performing team in the NBA in clutch, conceding 1.35 points per possession in close, down-to-the-wire games, while allowing only 0.96.
This is sparked by Curry, who, armed with a growing willingness to attack in the midrange, has posted a 39.4 net rating in clutch positions since early December,
He was at minus-2 for the first two months of the season.
Using net ratings, only four players in the league have been better than Curry in the clutch of late: Nikola Vucevi and DeMar DeRozan of the Bulls (who plays every game down the wire and tops the Eastern Conference), Drummond Green. and Otto Porter.
This level of clutch performance could end in the coming weeks and months, but the Warriors have found a winning formula late in the Games and are working with a good cushion of success.
There were also concerns about what could happen to Jordan Poole once he moved to the bench after the return of Klay Thompson.
The Warriors took the pool to the bench before Thompson returned to the floor, but after his required 32-point performance on Monday as the Warriors’ sixth man, it looks like Poole will be taking on a new(ish) role like a fish. Used to be. (Poolley also played the sixth man last year.)
Rebounding issues? Who cares – it’s 2022, no one rebels anymore.
Concerns over how to develop young players? It looks like Jonathan Kuminga is playing more and more and looking good while doing it – Moses Moody and Wiseman are next in line.
Turnover problem? You may have missed out on the Warriors’ five-year run – turnover is a natural byproduct of an offense that actually moves the ball. Try to limit them all to what you want, but there are too many moving parts to eliminate them completely.
No, up and down, this is the best team in the NBA. The only question left with this team is how can they stay healthy and get Thompson into the team.
But is Thompson nothing more than a spot-up shooter who hangs in the corner at both ends of the floor or if he is the Thompson who should have been named to the NBA’s all-time 75 team earlier this season, I fail. Let’s see a downside to the return of the number 11. No matter what role he may play, he will make this team better – there is always great shooting, and Thompson will always be a great shooter.
Surely the Warriors and their fans will see something else to worry about as this season progresses, but at this point, when you’re talking about Golden State and what troubles them, you’re nitpicking. Huh.
They may not be perfect. nobody is here. But these dubs are the best the NBA has to offer and chances are they’re only going to get better from here on out.