OAKLAND — The Warriors are on a roll.
With Monday’s 110-100 win over a Orlando Magic, a Dubs have rattled off 7 loyal wins, all by double-digits. This group isn’t “peaking”, yet they’re personification well-developed basketball.
Don’t ask Draymond any questions even remotely associated to peaking 😂 pic.twitter.com/QcjgcgBpxb
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) November 14, 2017
If their roof is aloft than this — and there’s each reason to trust that it is — afterwards we’re looking during one of a biggest teams in NBA story (I won’t go as distant as to contend a best — in due time).
The Warriors had won their before 6 games by 17 or some-more points, so Monday’s competition competence demeanour like a slightest considerable win of a seven-game winning streak, yet in many ways, a win over a Magic was a many considerable feat of a bunch, since a Warriors non-stop adult a 21-point fourth-quarter lead yet Stephen Curry in uniform.
So what did we learn about a Warriors in a diversion yet a two-time MVP on a court?
Steph Curry is this team’s spacing
I went into a bit some-more fact in my postgame column, that we can review here (please come back!), yet it’s apparent from Curry’s deficiency Monday how most spacing he indeed provides this team.
It’s a ton of spacing.
The Warriors usually attempted 23 3-pointers Monday, a deteriorate low, and yet Curry on a court, formulating “chaos” (that was a word of a day from a Warriors players and coaches), Golden State had to work distant harder than common to get open looks in their half-court offense.
I’m a visit citer of Curry’s “gravity” on a court. we find a theme fascinating, since while there are positively some-more physically commanding superstars, and there are copiousness of good shooters and good drivers, there’s no one in a NBA currently who can widen and fall a invulnerability a approach Curry can. we don’t consider there’s been anyone in NBA story who has impacted a invulnerability a approach Curry does, either. You could disagree that usually Shaquille O’Neal and Wilt Chamberlain demanded some-more courtesy from defenders than Curry. (You don’t have to double-team LeBron 30-feet out, after all).
It was sheer how opposite a Warriors looked yet Curry on a court. The Warriors played a clever diversion — they still have Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant; they were always going to be ok — yet it was a comparably wrought effort.
We’ve seen a Warriors like this before — a 2016 playoffs, when Curry was personification injured. He didn’t have his legs, so he didn’t infer a hazard during 30 feet out and a Warriors’ offense looked bound opposite a Thunder and Cavs.
There’s no doubt that a Warriors are softened versed to hoop life yet Curry now — they combined Durant, after all — yet Monday’s diversion served as a sign for how critical Curry is to this team’s offense. The Warriors competence have combined one of a biggest shooters and players in NBA story before final season, yet Curry is still a retard of this team.
The Loonissance isn’t a fad
For a fifth-straight game, Kevon Looney was called on to play poignant minutes, and he supposing another plain performance: induction a block, 5 rebounds, and 8 points in scarcely 15 minutes.
It’s transparent that Warriors manager Steve Kerr has grown a trust in Looney to give a group both defensive appetite and smart, yet limited, descent play.
Expect to see Looney some-more in a entrance weeks and months: Kerr has forged out a niche for him as a large male who can reason his possess opposite loyal centers while being means to urge and switch on a perimeter.
Niche is substantially a wrong word — there aren’t many players like that in a joining that final that kind of flexibility from a backup center.
Looney has warranted that trust with good play — design some-more play as a result.
Something is off with Patrick McCaw
Monday’s diversion was another unexcited opening from a Warriors sophomore sharpened guard, who has depressed behind a unexpected defensive-minded Nick Young in Kerr’s dais rotation.
McCaw, amid a Warriors’ winning streak, has posted a bad month of performances — in November, he has a net rating of minus-8.4 and has been a minus-24 in 94 mins played.
The UNLV product is a earnest prospect, and it would be ridiculous to consider that he won’t have chances win behind a tip backup two-guard spot, yet right now, Kerr is correct to go to Young off a dais — not usually does Swaggy P yield present offense (for softened or for worse) yet he’s significantly softened his group invulnerability in new weeks. That has warranted some-more trust from Kerr and pushed McCaw, who is in a funk, down a bench.
This position conflict will be one to keep an eye on all season, yet this is a largest opening between a dual players so distant this campaign.
The Warriors have a third-quarter genocide grip
After a indolent initial half Monday, a Warriors won in a third entertain and took control of a game.
This is apropos a trend.
Kerr won’t take credit for it — there are no burning halftime speeches sparking a Warriors to softened play — yet he did advise a probable law-breaker behind a Warriors’ new third-quarter surges: turnovers.
Kerr speedy us media members to demeanour during a Warriors’ turnover numbers between a initial half and third entertain after Monday’s game. His supposition was that a Warriors’ third-quarter stats would uncover a noticeably reduce turnover rate.
And wouldn’t we know it: Kerr was right.
The Warriors are averaging 9.3 first-half turnovers over a final 7 games — one of a misfortune outlines in a NBA — yet they are averaging usually 3.1 turnovers in third buliding over a same duration of time, a third-best symbol in a NBA.
The Warriors are entrance out in a second half holding caring of a round and a formula are incredible: the Dubs have posted a plus-47.4 net rating over their final 7 third quarters — a series that’s some-more than double a next-best team.
It’s going to take some-more than one luminary sitting out for a Warriors to remove to a league-average team
I don’t know what a multiple is — maybe it’s carrying both Draymond Green and Stephen Curry out during a same time — yet blank one luminary doesn’t seem to harm a Warriors all that much.
Without Curry, a Warriors were 12.5-point favorites over a solid, yet unspectacular Orlando team. Golden State should have covered, too, yet rubbish time lopsided a final margin.
If Curry and Durant were out, would Monday’s diversion have been a collect ‘em? What about Durant, Draymond, and Curry?
We all know that a Warriors are impossibly sanctified with talent, yet being means to win yet Durant for one diversion and Curry for another is rarely impressive.
The Warriors seem to suffer a plea of personification yet a full roster, too. It keeps them on their toes.
Still, a doubt persists: how many members of a Hamptons’ Five would have indispensable to lay Monday for a diversion opposite a aggressively middle-of-the-road Magic to be deliberate even-strength?
Some partial of me hopes that Kerr tries to answer that doubt during some indicate during a Warriors’ arriving four-game highway trip.