The Golden State Warriors went 2-2 on their season-opening four-game road trip. Now, the Dubs will be back in the Bay Area for two weeks.
Golden State plays its next seven games at the Chase Center, with six of those matchups coming against teams that are considered serious playoff contenders. The Warriors kicked off their season with games against two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks.
The results weren’t pretty. The Dubs lost those games by an average of 32.5 points and didn’t look like they belonged on the court with the two championship contenders. As head coach Steve Kerr pointed out, the team was able to turn a disastrous road trip into a good one by beating the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons. Two squads that are considered to be among the worst in the NBA.
Things will begin to get a whole lot tougher for the Warriors, starting tonight when they host the Portland Trail Blazers.
Here is how the Dubs’ schedule looks over their seven-game homestand.
Dec. 31 vs. Trail Blazers
Jan. 3 vs. Trail Blazers
Jan 4. vs. Sacramento Kings
Jan. 6 vs. L.A. Clippers
Jan 8. vs. L.A. Clippers
Jan 10. vs. Toronto Raptors
Jan 12. vs. Indiana Pacers
Golden State looked much better over the last two games and should continue to build on the chemistry. The roster hasn’t had a lot of time to play with each other, and growing pains were expected early in the season.
The good news is that Draymond Green should return from a foot injury sooner than later. He will help stabilize things on the defensive end, but the Warriors still have a ton of room for improvement when it comes to their rotations and communication.
James Wiseman and Damion Lee have given Kerr quality minutes through four games, which should give the head coach a deeper rotation to work with. The expectations for Wiseman were high coming in, but the Warriors needed one of the other younger guys to step up and show they can play meaningful minutes. Lee has been the one who has stood out from that group.
Stephen Curry is getting back on track after basically missing all of last season and should continue to get better as he gets back into game shape.
With Green’s impending return, the Dubs will be at full strength for the coming weeks, barring injury. Andrew Wiggins had his best game in a Golden State uniform last time out, while Kelly Oubre Jr. tries to work himself out of a shooting funk.
It’s going to be a tough test for Kerr’s group over the next two weeks. We should get a clearer picture of where the Warriors fall in the NBC pecking order after this seven-game homestand.
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On to some links:
It’s still early but some NBA experts are weighing in with their thoughts on the Dubs. ESPN’s Nick Friedell shares what he thinks of the Warriors just four games into the season.
What happens if Golden State is struggling midway through the season? Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports believes the Dubs would look at moving trading Green to a contender. (h/t SF Gate)
Wiseman has looked great early in his pro-career. The Athletic’s John Hollinger breaks down the rookie’s first week in the NBA.