To no avail, I do not want to take any credit from how good (very good) the Dubs are playing basketball right now. They have displayed the capability this team has to reach the playoffs behind the play of this team as a group, pinpointing the health of Steph and what we see he can do again. This team is playing at an all time high, but I would not jump to conclusions yet to say there are playoff bound. I want to play devil's advocate because there are reasons to why the Dubs may be playing their best basketball NOW, but for how long. All of that aside, back to the goods and keep this positive. 5 reasons why Warriors are winning as of now in my humble opinion:
3. Off season acquisitions: Whether it be through the draft (Barnes, Ezeli, Green), or the picking up through free agency (Carl Landry), or trade (Jarrett Jack), the front office of the Warriors did a great job in structuring pieces to how they wanted this team to look. These three rooks may be some of the best drafted by the Warriors all time, just saying. Each have accumulated big time minutes and shows the emphasis Coach Jackson puts on DEFENSE and REBOUNDING, and it shows through their play. Both Landry and Jack provides so much from bench and a friend of mine said Jack may be playing like 6th man of the year as of now. Both provide experience at their positions and play them with hustle, toughness, and tenacity. For the price we got both of them for, clearly a bargain. *Kent Bazemore's bowling ball gesture at the bench has to get noticed right! Haha it just may be me, but that man is very enthusiastic from my eyes.*
2. Coaching: There were some games earlier in the season where Coach Jackson had me yelling at the Television monitor with his game management and play calling, but we are seeing what he has influenced in these core of guys. From the assistants and even to the front office, these men are showing commitment to their philosophy in winning. They had a vision last year, even when it was a stretch to say the Dubs were going to make playoffs last year, but is looking more likely this year. Team defense has greatly improved and rebounding as well. When any team in the NBA out rebounds their opponents, of course it leads to better chances of winning, and that's what the coaching staff have put into the mindsets of their young players. DEFENSE and REBOUNDING.
1. High Level Play from Lee and Curry: David Lee is playing at the level he was when he was with the Knicks and the Dubs gave him that huge contract. David Lee has pretty much been Mr. Consistent. Other fans, including myself, have bashed Lee on defense for the past couple of years with the Warriors, but the guy has shown willingness to play smart basketball. Possibly the best passing PF in the NBA now and his mid range jumper is wicked hot as of now. David Lee is playing All Star worthy again in his career, and this time he's doing it while his team is winning instead of looking good on a bad team when he was with the Knicks. Kudos to the guy. And for Stephen Curry, we are seeing glimpses of what we saw in this man's rookie season. We know he is more than capable, and can play at a high level every night. The injuries has plagued his previous years putting aside his rookie campaign, but Steph has shown aggressiveness and heart. He is the face of the Franchise. The Warriors made that clear last year when they traded Monta for Bogut. They handed the keys to Curry and gave him a contract extension before this season. At the time, I was skeptical because I was wondering if he can stay healthy. But Steph is playing inspired ball and improved on defense. He can take the Dubs as far as he wants to take them.
In conclusion, Warriors are just playing great ball right now. And that is NOW. If Steph can continue to stay healthy, and everyone contributes every night, this team is very capable and under the radar dangerous. When Bogut do return, they can become even scarier. They are playing inspired basketball and smart basketball. They are playing to their strengths and skillsets. From the guys they pickup during the offseason, to coaching, to their main guys playing at a high level, this team's ceiling is off the charts. Warriors fans everywhere, enjoy this ride that team is giving us, and keep giving them the full support like we always do. It is great to be a WARRIORS FAN today.