Unbeaten Warriors: 5 amazing features of Golden State's record-tying 15-game winning streak
The Golden State Warriors seem hungrier, more determined and motivated than any other in the league.As the defending champions headed to Denver on a one game road trip, a lot of people were playing the altitude game but in essence the real threat to the Warriors unbeaten run were the Chicago Bulls who visited the Oracle Arena on Friday night. So in a relatively tough game Golden State came up on top 118-105, pushing their unbeaten streak to 15 and tying the NBA record set by the 1993-94 Houston Rockets and 1948-49Washington Capitols for the best start to the season.The chance to register 16 wins and holdthe record for the best start to the season ever, will come against the Los Angeles Lakers at home on Tuesday night. Although they still have to wait a couple of days for that chance, with their win over Denver, Golden State surpassed the 1957-58 Boston Celtics for the best start to the season by a defending champion.Having won the Larry OBrien trophy in June and followed it up with this magnificent streak, the Warriors are all over the league. Whether its about the positionless basketball they play, or how theyre bench is equipped or even how they are going about this streak under interim Head Coach Luke Walton, we would never know.Here are 5 amazing talking poitns from the Warriors record tying 15 game winning streak:
#5 Team has the all the look-and-feel of a dynasty
This years roster is pretty much the same as last year however playing the same wayif not better than last year, has helped the Warriors prove to their haters that last years performance was no flash in the pan and thatthey are here to stay.
"They are in the beginning of something that can be dynastic," Riley said. "They're in the beginning stages of it, and that's the scary part, versus somebody that catches lightning in a bottle one time. They're at the beginning because all of their key players, all of them, are young and they're talented. The ones that aren't have what I call 'youth age,' like Andre Iguodala, Andre Bogut, Shaun Livingston-- those guys bring an element to the team is incredible."
Thats what Team President of Miami Heat Pat Riley had to say about the Warriors in a recent interview. The above three sentences really sum up how dangerous and lethal Golden State can be, and more importantly for how long. Lets analyse every player on their roster that contributes to the Warriors having a look of a dyansty in the making.
-Their two most important players MVP Stephen Curry (28 years) and Dryamond Green (25 years) are relatively young and are heading towards their prime, that is if they havent already reached it.Shooting guard Klay Thompsons contributions cannot be taken for granted, and most certainly is a member of the teams Big Three.
-Role players like Harrison Barnes (23 years)and Festus Ezeli (26 years) have all taken their game up a notch every season while still staying within the teams boundaries of unselfishness.
-The team has a wonderful and right mix of young guns and veterans. Andre Bogut, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Leonardo Barbosa are all vets who have years of experience in the league,at the same time they can contribute effecitvely.
The franchise has a stable front office led by sound General Manager Bob Meyers, who can be trusted to keep this tight knit group of guys as long as possible in order to bring as many championships as possible to the Bay Area.