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Beyond Enemy Lines: Views from opposing fans on Warriors hot 5-1 start

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There’s nothing like checking an opponent’s state of mind after a clash with our Golden State Warriors. Here’s a few excerpts from some quick reactions from other team blogs after the first six games of the Warriors season. 5-1, baby!

Warriors knock off Lakers 121-114

Silver Screen and Roll had some glowing words for Golden State’s beautiful passing after the Dubs took an opening night W over L.A.:

LeBron James and Anthony Davis combined for 67 points, but the Lakers dropped their fourth straight season opener of the LeBron era as Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors rallied pulled away late to win 121-114.

The Lakers led at the end of each of the first three quarters, but the team’s defense broke down in the fourth and dragged the offense down with it. Golden State’s trademark crisp ball movement easily found the weak points in the Lakers’ defenses time and time again.

Clippers fall to Warriors 115-113

213 Hoops brought their analysis of the Clippers’ loss to the Warriors:

The high point of the final frame for L.A. came at the 10:36 mark in which Kennard hit a cutting Justise Winslow to extend the Clipper lead 98-90. With an 11-0 LAC run at that point, and both PG and Curry on the bench, the game was firmly in the Clippers’ hands. Over the next five minutes and change, however, and even with George and Morris Sr. back in the game, LAC missed 10 straight field goals as the Warriors went on a 12-0 run to hit Lawler’s Law first and take a 102-98 lead with 5:06 to go. At that point, all bets were off. Both team exchanged some big shots, but on behalf of some botched LAC plays right before and out of timeouts, the game ended up being decided by Curry nailing some patented 27+ footers.

Warriors KO Kings 119-107

Ssactown Royalty shared their quick thoughts on the Warriors overthrowing the Kings:

The Kings looked really solid for those first 40 or so minutes, as they were taking and making threes and doing a really good job as a team defending Stephen Curry.

A big inflection point in the game was in the early stages of the fourth when the Kings weren’t able to win the minutes when Curry and Draymond Green were on the bench. Once Curry and Green were subbed back in with around five minutes left, the Warriors held a comfortable lead, which they were able to hang onto until the end of regulation.

Warriors silence Thunder 106-98

Our blog buddy Welcome to Loud City reflected on a gritty effort from OKC being washed away by a wave of Golden State dominance:

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s game plan and execution flowed seamlessly on Tuesday night at Paycom Center – with hardly any air in the lines for the better part of 36 minutes. The keg tapped out just before closing time of the third quarter, ultimately leading to a 106-98 loss, but the standing ovation OKC’s home crowd followed with spotlighted the game’s tone much more than the final score.

Like every good team, though, the Warriors had a run saved up. And it served as the game’s turning point.Golden State hammered home a 33-17 third-quarter run with an 11-0 burst over the final two minutes, turning Oklahoma City’s five-point lead into a five-point deficit. The Thunder failed to regain the advantage.

Grizzlies hand Warriors first defeat of the season 104-101

Grizzly Bear Blues had some insight into the upset overtime win Memphis pulled off in Chase Center:

The tide turned for Memphis when Taylor Jenkins decided to counter Golden State’s small-ball play of Draymond Green at the “5” with Jaren in that role. Jackson Jr. is still working out his offensive fit alongside Steven Adams in the front court, and that transition has made for hit-or-miss contributions on that end. That’s not something you want to see from a big you just committed $105 million to over the next almost half-decade, regardless of age.

However, patience remains a virtue. And Jaren reminded us all of why in that second half. As a two-way player, few impacted the run for Memphis as well as Jackson Jr. did. It certainly was not a perfect performance by any stretch. But his ability to stretch the floor and create a size/athleticism mismatch for the Grizzlies in this matchup made a major difference.

Warriors smack Thunder again 103-82

Here’s some more words from Welcome to Loud City on last night’s loss:

It’s Halloween Eve and the Oklahoma City Thunder decided to celebrate the holiday by scaring the fanbase as they continue the early season trend of playing poorly on the road. In a game where it felt like the Golden State Warriors had control over it for the majority of the game, the final score ended up 103-82.

For Giddey, it must have been bittersweet for the Warriors to watch the rookie impress on the road with his dime passes and reliable floaters. The Warriors were heavily linked to Giddey in the draft process and were rumored to have penciled in the 19-year-old as their first choice at seventh overall.

Instead, OKC took Giddey a spot ahead and the Warriors settled on Jonathan Kuminga, who made his NBA debut tonight in garbage time in the fourth quarter.

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