Warriors blowout loss against Lakers (Lebron only played 21:15 due to injury) on Christmas – 101:127…
It was 4th loss @ Oracle by 20 or more points in this 2018/19 NBA season… It’s never a good sign for any team especially for team which had ONLY 4 such a blowout losses @ home in last 6 years total!!!
Golden State is 2nd best team in Western Conference and 4th best team in NBA at the moment. 0% doubts of qualifying for Play-Offs. BUT we are not talking about regular NBA team but Golden State Warriors which was the #1 far ahead to others in pre-season predictions especially after signing Cousins.
Of course the most important games of the season is far ahead (as long as team is good enough to qualify for play-offs without any problems) but questions arise:
QUESTION: Are the Warriors the best team in NBA and main Title contender?
ANSWER: Maybe. Not as usual – YES!
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
LACK OF DEPTH.
If Curry/KD/Klay/Green all have above average performance in particular game it’s very very hard to stop them. If Curry plays great (MVP candidate) and KD also shows great basketball this season then Klay and Green has one of the worst seasons (offense) in recent years.
Warriors offense heavily relies on Curry/KD/Klay performance.
For example one of them is injured or have bad game. Which Warriors player can make a difference in a game consistently by himself if KD/Klay/Thompson struggling (Cousins?)? I am not talking about of being in right place and right time in their offensive system. System can make players better! Below average performance of any of these players affects Warriors various ways.
KD & GREEN DRAMA.
COUSINS HAS MORE TECHNICAL FOULS THAN MINUTES PLAYED…
STEPHEN CURRY / KEVIN DURANT
CURRY. 28.6 points per game and 45.8 3P%. MVP candidate. Problem: injuries… only played 24 of 35 games.
DURANT. KD plays his game: 28.8 PTS + 7.8 REB + 6.1 AST per game.
Probably the best player in NBA without the ball. #1 in NBA Catch-and-Shoot FGA & FGM. Since Curry didn’t play 11 games this season Thompson’s role in team’s offense was bigger. In 2018/19 NBA season so far Klay has attempted more FGA per game than ever before in his career BUT more attempts not always means more points. YES, he set NBA record in 3-pointers made per game (14) which is amazing but overall his 3-point FG% this season is his worst ever. He also shoots more 2-pointers than ever before in his career.
2018/19 NBA season so far offensively is his worst season of last 5 with Warriors.
Igoudala (33, after 1 month 34) and Livingston (33) not getting younger. No questions -their importance and positive impact on team’s offense and defense in last few years played huge role in Warriors success. Unfortunately not this season so far…
JONES/LOONEY/JEREBKO/COOK and OTHERS.
DAMIAN JONES leads the NBA in both TRUE SHOOTING % and EFFECTIVE FIELD GOAL %. He takes good shots and makes good shots. But again.. injuries…
Also it’s worth to mention Looney’s FG% = 62.3, Cook’s and Lee 3P% = 43.0 and 41.9.
Playing alongside Curry/KD/Klay teammates get more open looks. Also Golden State offensive system makes them better!
Are they ready to give enough help when help is need the most?
In my opinion Warriors not the best team in NBA at the moment but they have biggest potential to be the best!
Thanks for reading! Kristians@abouthegame.com