As Charlie Stanton mentioned in his preview of the Warriors game, Klay Thompson has been in a well-publicized slump and Draymond Green has been given the Tony Allen treatment by opposing defenses. #FireKerr Twitter has never been louder or stronger. Through all of that adversity, the Warriors — the two-time defending champions who have made the last four straight NBA Finals — are stumbling into their New Years Eve battle with the Phoenix Suns with a rather pedestrian 9-5 record in December.
For some, it seems that All Is Lost.
Yet there’s still hope folks; it is still possible for the Warriors to salvage this utter disaster of a month.
As it turns out, a win tonight would leave them with a 10-5 record in a tie for first place in the Western Conference standings for the month of December — the unofficial title that people tried to prematurely give away to the Blazers, L.A Lakers, or whoever the hell else best the Warriors in the final month on the calendar could still be won by the comeback kids, your Golden State Warriors.
|7||San Antonio Spurs||20-17||16-12||10-5|
|8||Golden State Warriors||24-13||14-9||9-5|
Of course, they would need some help to accomplish this feat that might’ve been unthinkable as you were watching defenders give Draymond Green 10 feet of space on the perimeter on Christmas Day: the Houston Rockets (10-4) and San Antonio Spurs (10-5) would both have to lose at home today in addition to the Warriors wining. The Nuggets would be 8-4 (same 66.66% win percentage, less losses), but hey — 10-5 in December is clearly better.
Clinching this title is totally within the realm of possibility—do not allow your faith to be shaken. Despite December, this is the same old championship contending Warriors you’ve come to know and love.
I circled this game because I figured the Warriors would circle it, too, after recent events. And if they didn't play well, it'd be a different team than we've seen for 4 years.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) December 30, 2018
But guess what: It's the same team. Older, a little more vulnerable, but the same team.
Believe it or not, the Warriors could still be considered the best team in the West.