The Golden State Warriors go for a 16-0 start tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers hoping to break the league record for most wins without a defeat to start the season.
How will the Lakers, or any team for that matter, beat the Warriors? Since no team has won over Golden State this year, we have to go back to last season to see if there is any kind of formula for beating this team. Then, the Warriors had the NBA’s best record at 67-15. Of their 15 losses, only two of them came at the hands of the same team: the San Antonio Spurs, who won at home and the road versus the Warriors.
Let’s take a look at last year’s 15 losses suffered by the Warriors and some of the stats that may be indicators of who will beat the Warriors this year.
* Of their 15 losses last season, five of them came on Tuesday night, four occurred on Friday, and three happened on Sunday. They did not lose on Wednesday and Saturday.
* Thirteen of their 15 losses were as the road team. The only teams to beat them at home were San Antonio and the Chicago Bulls, who won an OT game on Golden State’s home court.
* In six of their losses Golden State scored less than 100 points. In 10 of the 15 losses, the Warriors scored less than 105.
* All 15 teams that defeated the Warriors in 2014-15 had 100 or more points in their victory.
* Including the regular season and the playoffs last year, Golden State was 1-4 in games after it played in an overtime game.
* Three of the 15 losses came after games in which the Warriors scored 128 points. They won each of those games where they scored 128 points but lost the following game.
* The Warriors lost four of their games after playing the previous night. Ten of their losses came after a day off, and one loss came after two days of rest.
* In three of the 15 losses, Sean Wright was one of the three referees working the game. Nine other refs worked two of the Warriors 15 losses.
* In 10 of the 15 losses the opposing team outscored the Warriors in the second half.
* In only one of their 15 losses did the Warriors have a field goal percentage over 50 percent. In fact, of their 15 losses, they shot below 45 percent from the field nine times.
* In 11 of their 15 losses the Warriors shot worse than 40 percent from the three-point arc.
* The teams that defeated Golden State last season shot more free throws than the Warriors in 11 of the 15 games.
* The teams that defeated Golden State last season out-rebounded the Warriors in 10 of the 15 games.
* Steph Curry did not play in two of their 15 losses last season. In the other 13 losses, Curry averaged 22.3 points per game. He had over 30 points in only one of them. In five, he scored less than 20.
Can the Lakers end the streak tonight? The only thing they may have going for them is that it’s a Tuesday night.