The Golden State Warriors faced a lot of doubters over the summer, but they have sent a very clear response so far this season.
In particular, point guard and reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry has seemingly taken his game to the next level and is averaging 33.3 points, 5.6 assists and 5.3 rebounds through the first 10 games of the season.
It is no surprise that the Warriors have gone 10-0 in that time, setting another franchise record for the best start to a campaign.
While Curry deserves his praise for his ability to step up yet again after reaching another level last year, the roster as a whole have put to bed any suggestions or criticism that they might lack the motivation to go again.
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers and some of his players were quick to suggest that Golden State had a significant slice of luck in the playoffs last season, particularly with the likes of Mike Conley and Kyrie Irving suffering injuries as the Warriors battled past the Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers to securing their championship.
It hasn’t proven to be a smart move as despite the on-going absence of Steve Kerr from the bench, this Warriors squad has responded in the perfect way by sticking to their basketball and beating what is put in front of them.
Naturally, it is still far too early to talk about the post-season and whether or not they can repeat given we’re 10 games into the year. However, it is evident that the Warriors mean business, and with Draymond Green and Klay Thompson continuing to play crucial roles, along with the likes of Festus Ezeli stepping up and making more of a contribution, this unit has the perfect balance and attitude.
In a stacked Western Conference, it remains to be seen whether or not they can emerge as the best again. However, based on the first 10 games, it is going to take something special to keep Curry and the Warriors quiet.