For the second consecutive week, the Golden State Warriors went undefeated. Three wins this week gave the Dubs seven wins in a row, but most exciting was Klay Thompson’s record-setting performance on Monday.
Let’s look back on anther great week for Dub Nation.
Performance this week
Point differential: +52
Year to date
Home record: 5-0
Road record: 4-1
Offensive rating: 1st (119.7)
Defensive rating: 10th (106.3)
Net rating: 2nd (+13.3)
Conference standing: 1st (half-game lead)
The week’s results
Game #8: Golden State Warriors 149, Chicago Bulls 124
After starting the season in a massive slump, Klay Thompson broke out in a big way. Thompson had not hit more than one three in a game all year before the Warriors went to Chicago, but once there he erupted for 14 - in fewer than three quarters - to set the NBA record for threes in a game, and lead the Warriors to an easy win.
Top performer: Klay Thompson - 52 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 18-29 FG, 14-24 3FG
Game #9: Golden State Warriors 131, New Orleans Pelicans 121
The Warriors defense did a tremendous job keeping Anthony Davis in check, and limiting the MVP candidate. That allowed the Warriors offense to shine, and, as is often the case, that was enough.
Top performer: Steph Curry - 37 points, 9 assists, 2 steals, 11-20 FG, 7-11 3FG
Game #10: Golden State Warriors 116, Minnesota Timberwolves 99
The Warriors reverted to some 2017-18 habits in this game. Through three quarters, the team was sleepwalking through the game, not looking like they were too interested in winning. But they turned it on with a 33-12 fourth quarter that led them to an impressive and convincing win.
Top performer: Kevin Durant - 33 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 11-19 FG, 3-5 3FG
The week’s big stories
Klay heats up
It wasn’t just the 14-three explosion against the Bulls. Klay Thompson also had a quartet of threes against the Timberwolves. He’s clearly out of his slump, and back to his old tricks.
Alfonzo McKinnie has officially arrived. After being given a training came invite in the offseason, it seemed like a very long shot that McKinnie would ever make the team. But he earned the 14th roster spot on a non-guaranteed contract, and has gotten better in seemingly every game.
Through 10 games he’s carved out a role on the team, and is earning more than 13 minutes a night. He’s averaging 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 58.8% from three-point range. He has earned a role.