The Golden State Warriors are firing on all cylinders again and look like a lock to make it back to the NBA Finals but was there really any doubt.
After a somewhat rocky start to the 2017 NBA season ( I admit I was one to overreact), the Warriors are gelling and already seem to be in midseason form.
They’re half a game behind the Houston Rockets (11-3) at 10-3 for the best record in the Western Conference but with the way they’re playing, they look poised to take sole possession of the top spot soon enough.
This year’s Golden State team is perhaps the deepest they’ve had in the Steve Kerr era, which is terrifying for the rest of the league. Not to mention that two of their newest additions, Omri Casspi and Nick Young, fit right in with their culture and are added insurance on offense for the team’s second unit.
In Golden State’s Saturday night win against the Philadelphia 76ers, Young scored 13 points while Casspi added in nine, and the Warriors’ usual suspects, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry all dropped more than 20 points.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) November 12, 2017
Golden State already had the NBA’s most prolific offense, and they got even better this summer.
But so did the West, or so we thought.
Just like the Warriors’ early losses were no indication of the season they were going to have, the early struggles of some of the West’s top-tiered teams are no indication of how competitive the conference will be down the line.
But teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Oklahoma City Thunder and, surprisingly even the San Antonio Spurs, haven’t looked equipped to deal with Golden State’s firepower. Outside of the Rockets, no one in the West looks like a legit threat to the defending champs’ throne.
The Warriors even seem capable of making it all the way to the Finals without KD after blowing out the Timberwolves 125-101 Wednesday night with Durant on the sideline nursing a bruised left thigh. After all, they did win a title without the Finals MVP in 2015.
That makes Durant just an insurance piece. A huge one, but an insurance piece nonetheless.
With the Warriors rolling the way they are, it seems the only way for them to lose is if they beat themselves, and even with Houston on their trail, they know they’re nowhere near a finished product.