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Are the Warriors for real?

December 10th, 2015

 

 

I’ve never seen anything like what the Golden State Warriors are doing right now.

 

Ever since the Detroit Pistons won the NBA Championship in 2004, I’ve religiously followed the NBA, and I’ve never seen a team as dominant as the Warriors are right now.

 

The mid-2000s Los Angeles Lakers were close, but to see a team start a season 22-0 is ridiculous.

 

After winning the NBA Championship over the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, many media pundits were saying that the Warriors were bound to take a step back. Talk about how the Warriors got lucky by avoiding injuries on their own team and running into teams riddled by injuries ran rampant in the offseason, and the Warriors heard every word.

 

Before the season even began, during preseason, Warriors PG and reigning MVP, Stephen Curry, was being interviewed and jokingly said, “I just want to say, I apologize for us being healthy. I apologize for us playing who’s in front of us.”

 

He continued, “I apologize for all the accolades we’ve received as a team and individually. I’m very, truly sorry. We’ll rectify the situation this year.”

 

Curry was obviously kidding, but there was clearly something behind what he said. The Warriors were and still are upset that nobody gave them respect after last year.

 

Now, they have all the respect in the world.

 

Curry is lighting the league on fire. Currently averaging a league-leading 32.4 ppg, along with 5.8 apg and 4.9 rpg heading into Tuesday night’s matchup with the Indiana Pacers, these numbers aren’t even the most impressive part of Curry’s season so far.

 

Having already made 116 three-pointers this season, Curry is on pace to shatter his own record for three-pointers made in a season (286), which he set last season.

 

The craziest part? He’s shooting over 47-percent from three-point land this season, the best percentage of his career.

 

Bottom line, the Warriors are for real good and scary.

 

Over the last few paragraphs, I detailed just how great the Warriors have been, and I haven’t even touched on Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, how deep their bench is or the fact that they are doing all of this without Steve Kerr, who finished second in Coach of the Year voting last season.

 

The Warriors will lose eventually, I think. But make no mistake, this is a historically great team.

 

I’m not saying they are going to break the record, but I can guarantee that as long as this team stays healthy, they will be within reach of the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record for best regular season down the final stretch in 2016.