1) The Golden State Warriors are the hottest team in the NBA right now, both by record and by sheer appeal thanks to game-winning buckets and Stephen Curry. They're winners of 10 in a row and if you dig deeper, in their last 17 games, they're 13-4 with the four losses going for a combined 14 points, three by four points and one game by two points. The losses were to three of the Western Conference's better teams - Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs. The other loss was to the much-improved Charlotte Bobcats on the road. After this game against the Brooklyn Nets, the Warriors will then have EIGHT more home games the rest of the season... possible number one seed?
Yes, it's certainly possible. Of course, that's different from saying it's "probable". I think San Antonio will be the stiffest competition going forward, but Portland doesn't seem to be going away either. OKC pretty much keeps rolling along even without Westbrook (Durant is just that good). I think we can stay ahead of the Clippers given that Paul is out for an extended amount of time. But Warriors' #FullSquad is one of the best teams in the West, and I do not think it is ridiculous to argue we are or will be potentially *deserving* of a #1 seed, if at full strength.
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Admittedly, I am one of the more outspoken "Harrison haters" among Warriors fans. I'm not sure I agree with your assertion that Barnes "numbers are strong". Actually, I know for a fact I don't agree with that. His 3PT% is good, but when he is not spotting up for a 3-pter or posting up pint-sized point guards, Barnes has been very inefficient in isolation and post-up opportunities. Basically, he is not adept right now at creating his own shot off the dribble, and has displayed a consistent weakness in finishing at the rim on his drives. Those areas need to be addressed.
I have been on the "Stephen Curry is legitimate" bandwagon from day 1, so I tend to agree with Mark Jackson's statement last season that "People are coming to the hospital late. The baby was already born." Curry has been a star since his days at Davidson, and while he has surely improved aspects of his game each season, I think a lot of this (deserved) hype is just more eyes being on the Warriors and seeing him in nightly highlight reels and nationally televised games.
5) What are three to five other things that Nets fans should know and will the winning streak continue tonight? Give us a final score!
1. #FullSquad is a huge freakin' deal right now in Warriors fandom. You need to know this. It explains everything.
2. David Lee is better than you think he is. Even on defense.
3. Andrew Bogut is arguably as dominant a defender now as he was a few years ago before all the injuries. His offense is starting to come around this season, which should be scary for the rest of the league.
4. There are many Warriors fans, including myself, who value Draymond Green more than Harrison Barnes. Basically, what I'm saying is, watch Draymond Green. If you don't know who he is now, you will "get it" after just a few minutes of paying attention to him.
5. The Warriors are for real, yo!
Final score: Warriors 96 Nets 94 Gonna be a good one!
DV's Prediction: Golden State Warriors 102, Brooklyn Nets 95... keepin' it real!