After its 116-99 stoppage of the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night, the defending champions are now off to a historic 20-0 start. Thanks to 28 points from Stephen Curry, the Dubs were able to pull away from the pesky Hornets, who, like other teams, helplessly witnessed their chances of breaking the untouchable winning streak disappear into thin air.
BTW, Curry's 28 markers came from THE THIRD QUARTER ALONE. The reigning MVP finished with 40 points despite not playing in the final canto, a common theme for most Dubs games this season. It was also Dell Curry Night in Charlotte, a fitting time for the younger Curry to (ironically) honor his dad by blowing out Dell's former team...
However, we can't attribute the Warriors' scorching hot start solely on Curry's utterly unguardable play. There are other players who have contributed to this record-breaking streak. We list down these unsung heroes below.
Season averages: 12.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.5 blocks,
Team executive and NBA legend Jerry West has gotten mixed reactions over his assertion that Draymond Green is a Top 10 player in the league. But with the numbers (not to mention Green's three triple-double games this season) backing up The Logo's statement, last year's Defensive Player of the Year runner-up is certainly making a case for himself as one of the league's premier players.
Season averages: 8.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 19.3 minutes
Don't let his stats fool you. Festus Ezeli filled in admirably for the injured Andrew Bogut at the start of the season. Now that the Aussie big man is back, Ezeli continues to be a solid contributor off the bench. Perhaps another key to the Warriors' success: players trusting the system and the rotation.
And given the chance, Festus comes up with occasional highlights, like this one:
IT'S HB'S TIME
Season averages: 13.4 points, 5 rebounds, 30.1 minutes
It's safe to say that, finally, the Dubs' "Who would start at SF?" dilemma has been put to rest. With Andre Iguodala comfortably accepting the reserve—or more of the "mentor"—role, Harrison Barnes has truly relished the starting spot with career numbers this year.
THE WALTON EFFECT
Season wins: 20 (and counting)
Is Luke Walton a legit NBA lucky charm?
- The Los Angeles Lakers won back-to-back titles (2008-09, 2009-10 seasons) during Luke's time there.
- We all know where GSW ended up when Walton joined the team as an assistant coach last year.
- As the Warriors' interim head coach in lieu of Steve Kerr, who is currently rehabilitating from an injured back, Walton "steered" Golden State to an unblemished 20-0 start.
Even with (technically) a 0-0 record, the son of Bill Walton was named Coach of the Month for October/November. Need we say more?
AND OF COURSE, WE REALLY CAN'T NOT (ARE WE MAKING SENSE?) MENTION THIS GUY
Season averages: 32 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6 assists, 2.4 steals, 34.2 minutes
No words needed.
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