After the All-Star break, Klay Thompson made a playful remark about wanting the Golden State Warriors to run the table for the rest of the season. The Warriors have won five straight since the All-Star Game, and now Thompson is standing by his statement.
Klay Thompson not backing down on comments about #Warriors running the table to finish season. pic.twitter.com/raeU7mb9O3— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) March 6, 2018
“It doesn’t matter if we rest guys or not,” Thompson said after Tuesday’s shootaround. “With the talent we have on this roster, we should be able to compete in every game, and have a chance to win every game. So I meant that.”
Asked about the race for the top seed in the West, Thompson said, “We’re obviously paying attention to what Houston is doing, but we ultimately control our own destiny if we just take care of business.”
Klay Thompson reaffirmed his desire to run the table in the regular season: pic.twitter.com/flfWcYuBeS— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) March 6, 2018
Sweeping the rest of the season isn’t all that unrealistic for the Warriors. While they still have 19 games remaining, their schedule is very light, and things are really starting to click.
Plus, this is a team that has proven their ability to string a lot of wins together. While their biggest winning streak this year is “only” 11 games, they won 12 in a row near the beginning of last season, 14 in a row near the end, and 15 in a row to start the playoffs. In the 2015-16 season, the set a record by opening the year with 24 consecutive wins. And in Steve Kerr’s first year, they rattled off both a 16-game and a 12-game winning streak.
In other words, if the Warriors want to end the season on a 24-game winning streak, I wouldn’t rule it out.