Just a few days ago they tied the NBA record for most wins to start a season with the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets. Last night, the defending champions, Golden State Warriors broke the record increasing their streak to 16-0.
Their victim couldn’t be any better than the already low Los Angeles Lakers, whose star Kobe Bryant can’t seem to regain his game and confidence, scoring only four points on 1-for-14 shooting for the Lakers.
The most interesting lesson the Warriors are teaching to the rest of the NBA teams is how a team sport is truly played. The versatility of their game, plus their accurate passing and shooting is the result of a well-balanced and supportive group of athletes that trust and respect their coach and each other.
Head coach Steve Kerr has been able to take his players and create a game system where everyone understands their job and position perfectly. This mentality even embraces his assistant coaches who were able to keep the team steady as Kerr recovered from complications resulting from offseason back surgery.
The respect and confidence that the Warriors are showing to each other are well displayed in the numbers and stats the team is producing. So far, they are the only team averaging at least 12 threes per game on offense; they are also the only team giving up fewer than six threes per game on defense, beating opponents by an average of 14.4 points per game.
They have made 199 3-pointers. Stephen Curry has 78 of them, and he’s on pace for 404, which would destroy his NBA record of 286, set last season. Their opponents have made 91. That’s a scoring advantage of 597-273. In fact, Curry has more 3-pointers than the Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Golden State’s balance includes their defense, which ranks third in NBA defensive efficiency, allowing 95.8 points per 100 possessions and they rank in the top five in the NBA in both blocked shots and fewest shots blocked.
Warriors astounding record will come to an end. We all know that. Just a couple of weeks ago Ronda Rousey showed in a brutal way that no one is unbeatable, but for how long could Golden State hold their own?
The longer your winning streak gets, the harder is to hold it and for the Warriors won’t be any different. Eight of their next nine games are on the road, five against teams currently in the playoff picture.
Nonetheless, if the Warriors are able to continue beating up the rest of the NBA teams, they could tie the longest winning streak in major American pro sports, set by the Lakers in 1971-72 that won 33 straight on the way to a title.
However, they are only halfway there, thanks to the four straight victories to end the 2014-15 season. Golden State’s next test is Friday night, November 27th, against the Suns at the Phoenix Talking Stick Resort Arena.