The NBA regular season is almost over with less than 10 game left. Most of the teams clinch playoff berths and are getting ready for the postseason. All the playoff contenders want to get to the NBA Finals and the team to beat is the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors exceeded expectations this season under rookie Head Coach Steve Kerr. They currently have the best NBA record in the league over the Atlanta Hawks. They rank number one in points per game and in assists. It’s a surprise in the league that they execute well on offense with cuts, pick and roll play and making the extra pass to find the open man.
The team overall is much deeper than it’s ever been. Five players on the team are averaging in double figures with Superstar point guard and MVP Candidate Stephen Curry leading the way. Curry is averaging 23.4 points, 7.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds. He is one of the toughest players to guard on the court along with Rockets James Harden and Cavaliers Lebron James. His teammate Andrew Bogut believes Curry is the MVP and it’s not even a debate according to Slam.
“He only needs to play 25, 30 minutes, and we’re winning games by 15, 20 points,” Bogut said Tuesday after Curry scored 33 points and dished out 10 assists in a win at Portland. “If he had to play 45 minutes for us, I’m sure he’d be averaging greater numbers, so in a way, it’s kind of flawed. He’s the MVP in my opinion. We’re the best team in the league. We have the best record in the league. I don’t think it’s close in my opinion.”
The minutes in the Warriors are balanced and no player on the team is over 35 minutes. Within the roster they probably have the best bench in the league. The x factor on the team is Draymond Green, a undersized power forward averaging 11.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists. As a role player he gives them three point shooting and defense against top players every night. Him and Center Marreese Speights provide spacing for Curry to kick out to open three point shooters.
The key for the Warriors to be in the Finals this year is the play of Bogut and David Lee. If they stay healthy and play at a high level in the post, they are going to the finals. The Warriors are above all others and NBA Analyst Isiah Thomas believes they are the team to beat.
“They are absolutely the team to beat. when you have this kind of record from start to finish and you are playing this well, You are everyone’s big game.”