The Warriors currently have the best record in the NBA and after years of exiting the playoffs in the first or second round, this year could prove to be different. With MVP candidate Steph Curry leading the way and his fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson beside him, this team could be very dangerous in the postseason.
Health is always a concern, especially with Andrew Bogut, but if he’s healthy and controlling the paint, then the Warriors will be in fantastic shape. However, not everyone is gushing about this current squad. According to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenny Smith believes the Warriors won’t be able to sustain this success:
Kenny Smith picks POR over GSW b/c of sustainability. “They can play like this the rest of the season. I don’t think GSW can win the West.”
— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) January 9, 2015
Strong words from the Smith, who has been with TNT for a long time now and played 10 seasons in the NBA. The Warriors have clearly been the best team in the NBA and no offense to Smith, but picking Portland over Golden State is a bit puzzling. If Smith would have picked the Spurs or a more established team, then you can justify his reasoning.
What has been impressive about the Warriors this season is their ability to win games and attack their opponent in various different ways. Steph Curry could drop 35, 10, and 9 or Klay Thompson can drop 40 on any given night and that’s only where it starts. Players like Draymond Green, Marreese Speights, and Shaun Livingston are capable of having big nights, but it’s the combination of all their role players that makes this team great.
They get it done offensively, but more importantly is their defense. This team is primed for a long postseason run. Hopefully they will prove Smith wrong.