I look at the schedule and see some games and say to myself, "That seems like a pretty tough matchup. I don't know if the Warriors are going to win."
This was not one of those games.
The Warriors are the best team in the NBA; the Knicks are the worst. In fact, the two have opposite records.
While Golden State's front office is concerned with how they'll match up against the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder come playoff time, the Knicks' is focusing on the pros and cons of drafting Duke's Jahil Okafor or Kentucky's Karl Towns.
Stephen Curry celebrated his 27th birthday in style: 25 points (six three-pointers) and 11 assists, and a few how-did-he-do-that plays to awe the home crowd. Klay Thompson had 27 points, nailing six threes himself.
Golden State blew the game open with a 47-point second quarter, after the Knicks shockingly led following the first period. The Warriors shot 78% in the second and led by 21 (73-52) going into the break. The bench got it started; namely, Justin Holiday had double figures in the first half. He's really coming into his own after struggling a bit in the middle part of the season.
Behind their starters, the Warriors simply turned on the jets in the latter half of the second period. Draymond had a dunk and a fast-break layup. Bogut facilitated the offense and threw down a few thunderous slams. Harrison Barnes was great in transition. Thompson buried jumpers from all around. Finally, Curry caught fire, with three three-pointers in the final two minutes, including a ridiculous turnaround 28-footer at the halftime buzzer.
And the Warriors weren't done. The Knicks showed shockingly little effort after the first quarter, and in the second half it was like they were just going through the motions. They don't have anything to really play for, anyway -- besides the best chance at the first overall pick. A bench-heavy lineup put up 38 on New York in the third quarter; the Warriors led by as much as 40.
If Steve Kerr really wanted to send a message to the rest of the league after last night, though, he would have told the Warriors to try to score 200 points. I guess a 31-point blowout at home isn't too bad, though.
"That's as good as it gets," was how Steve Kerr began his postgame presser. "We looked like ourselves, taking better care of the ball and controlling the pace. 34 assists and just 11 turnovers -- that's a coach's dream."
"It was exactly what I wanted to see tonight [after last night]," Kerr said. "That's the best pace we've played at in a while."
Final thought: I'll just leave this here as a celebration of the amazingness of Stephen Curry. Happy birthday, Steph.