Even though it was a blowout in the Golden State Warriors‘ 120-75 win against the Los Angeles Clippers, they show how great the team can, especially having four great players on the court at the same time.
When everyone saw Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green play together during the Olympics, everyone thought of the open shots be taken by Thompson and Durant thanks to Green and their point guard. Now with Stephen Curry healthy and ready to go, expect more shoots to go down from the three point line.
Last two years, they show the league the “Death lineup,” which includes Curry, Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Green. But this season it’s special. Clippers’ J.J. Redick went to guard Thompson instead of Durant, which resulted in an easy three point shot.
The star of the Warriors that’s going to take a step back is Green. He knows that his playmaking skills combined with toughness is perfect for the shooters. Coach Steve Kerr knows how to put players in the best position to be successful. No question adding Durant to the team make them better than having Barnes. When people talk about Barnes, they talk about the little things such as rebounding and defending power forwards.
With Durant, not only is his shooting and catching balls in rhythm make them better than ever, but is versatility as a player to play power forward or center. The “Death lineup” upgraded to the “Apocalypse lineup,” much more deadly from the three point line as a whole, vulnerable against big physical teams.
If they can make 120 points look easy every night this season, then expect a lot more blowouts than before. But it won’t matter in the end. If they want to be recognized as one of the best teams in NBA history, winning a championship equals that. A championship gives Durant his first, and won’t feel pressured anymore or be a ringless player before he retires.