April 2nd State of the Warriors
The Golden State Warriors (42-32) have had an interesting 10 days. The Dubs were victorious in three of their four games and even routed an opponent at Oracle Arena.
They started off on March 23rd by defeating the Washington Wizards (27-46) and then set their sights on the Los Angeles Lakers (38-36). After being tormented for the past few seasons by the Purple and Gold, Golden State finally extracted some vengeance.
The Lakers had won 19 of the past 22 contests against the Dubs entering the contest on March 25th, but history did little for Kobe Bryant and company on that night.
Two nights later, the Sacramento Kings (27-47) strolled into Oracle Arena as if they owned the spot and defeated the Warriors. With the world seemingly coming to an end, Mark Jackson got the team back into the fold and they spanked the Portland Trail Blazers (33-40) on March 30th.
As is customary, here’s the breakdown of the remaining schedule:
- Games left: 8
- Home games left: 5
- Road games left: 3
- Games versus opponents with .500 record or better: 4
- Games versus opponents with sub-.500 record: 4
The Hollinger Playoff Odds still have the Dubs finishing the season as the sixth seed in the west and the schedule certainly seems to corroborate that information.
It’s worth noting Golden State has two games left this season that unquestionably provide some intrigue:
- April 11th versus Oklahoma City (54-20): this contest might potentially affect the seeding at the top of the Western Conference standings.
- April 12th at Los Angeles Lakers: final game against the Lake Show this season. Dealing a division rival a blow to their playoff hopes is a one method of preparation for the postseason.
Warrior of the Week
Making this selection on a weekly basis is becoming awfully redundant, but that’s merely a testament to the player’s skill set.
In the last four games, Stephen Curry has simply averaged 29 points, 4.8 rebounds, 9 assists and 1.8 steals per game on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 45 percent shooting from 3-point land.
As impressive as his output has been in the last 10 days or so, an argument could be made that Curry’s been the best lead guard since the All-Star break.
His numbers since the mid-season classic: 26.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game on 48 percent shooting from the field and 46.8 percent shooting from 3-point land.
No matter how you slice it, he’s been a stud.
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