In honor of the Warriors’ epic 24-0 start to the season, today’s Starting 5 will be a full-blown Golden State edition. Let’s appreciate historical madness while we’re lucky enough to witness it…
One of Golden State’s most reliable everyday writers, Ethan Sherwood Strauss takes the temperature of the Warriors’ locker room after finally suffering their first defeat of the season, 25 games in. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the champions took the loss in stride, laughing at the absurdity of how long it had went on. Draymond Green and Steph Curry acknowledged that they legitimately didn’t realize it was over until interim coach Luke Walton finally subbed the two stars out with a minute remaining. For Golden State, finally losing was extremely cathartic.
So the Warriors finally lost, after 24 magical victories. Now over a quarter into the season, Wes Goldberg asks who the biggest winners and losers were from the historic run. Of course, no one won as much as Golden State. Aside from the obvious choices, Goldberg points out that San Antonio sits just four games behind the champs at 20-5 with a comparable point differential. And you know Coach Pop is happy to fly under the radar. Another winner: the continued dominance of small ball lineups.
Stein, one of the NBA’s premier reporters, gives some perspective and further details on Golden State’s winning streak. From Cam Newton to Drake, Steph Curry and the Warriors captivated the sports and entertainment world’s eyes. The most enduring message in Stein’s detailed look at the Warriors? They have a ton of damn fun. Not a bad ingredient to record-breaking greatness.
For anyone preparing their freshest of hot takes, Paul Flannery is here to remind you how absurdly difficult winning 24 straight games to start a season is and why finally losing was, well, fine. From a big picture perspective, Golden State has traveled from the lowest of NBA lows to rare, historic highs. Andrew Bogut and Steph Curry were both parts of some awful teams, while they now sit atop the rest of the league, rockstars. As always, Flannery delivers a fantastic and in depth look at the run by Golden State and puts everything into perspective.
While everyone sleeps off the winning streak hangover, Ben Golliver is here to remind you that the Warriors are still healthily on pace to break the 1995-96 Bulls record of 72 wins. The Dubs need to go 49-8 to surpass Michael Jordan’s greatest team, which is both daunting and doable for this team. They just wrapped up a 13-day road trip and have already played a slate of tough opponents. Furthermore, they’ll be getting Harrison Barnes back soon, a legitimately important piece and critical to the Death Lineup. I’d still bet on the Warriors winning 73 or more.