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Warriors Rolling at the Perfect Time

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The Golden State Warriors are on a roll, again. At the start of 2019, however, it didn’t look like this would occur.

On January 3rd, they lost at home to the Houston Rockets on a much talked about game-winner by James Harden in overtime. The Warriors have had some surprising losses this season, but that game was arguably the toughest. They were up big in the 3rd, but lost the game due to poor execution down the stretch. The chatter of them being vulnerable had never been louder than it was that night. It was a low point in a season that has had quite a few low points by their lofty standards.

Switch Flipped

Fast forward two weeks, and it’s an entirely different vibe around the team. They have not lost since that Rockets game, sporting a six-game win streak. They are looking like a dynasty again and breaking records every night. On Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets, they scored a first quarter record 51 points. This game was deemed as a fight for the top seed out west, but the Nuggets were finished after just one quarter. It was an offensive explosion like we have never seen before, as the Dubs went on to win 142-111.

The following night, the Warriors returned home to play the New Orleans Pelicans, dropping 147 more on them. The game looked very much like a typical “NBA schedule loss” for the Dubs until mid-3rd quarter. Both Steph Curry and Kevin Durant started slow and looked like guys who were on a back-to-back after landing late night from high-altitude Denver.

But then, Curry got hot. He hit seven threes in the 3rd quarter to pull the Dubs back from 16 down. They tied it late in the third and put the Pelicans away in the fourth. Even Draymond got in on the scoring barrage with 17 points. He then wrapped up the night with an “all hell about to break lose” warning to the rest of the league. This was in response to being asked about the impending return of DeMarcus Cousins.

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Back to “Normal”

Whether it is Klay with four dunks in Denver or Dray with four threes Wednesday night, everything has been clicking the last six games for the Dubs. Klay’s shooting slump seems to be behind him. That was probably the first sign things were getting back to normal. After shooting just 33% from deep in December, Klay is now at a robust 47% in January. KD is his usual efficient self, and they are all back to playing Golden State brand basketball. The joy that was missing earlier in the season after the KD-Dray flare up is back now. Head coach Steve Kerr seems to agree:

Records, Records, and More Records

While there are many ways to slice and dice this hot streak, the headliner in #DubNation is always Stephen Curry. While we have all run out of ways to marvel at this man’s game, he still continues to amaze us on a daily basis. Shooting records are falling like bowling pins pretty much every time Curry plays. He recently passed Jason Terry for third place on the NBA’s all-time list for career three pointers made. Against New Orleans, he became the first ever to hit eight or more 3s in three straight games. He changed the entire game in a five minute stretch in the 3rd quarter:

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The Warriors are usually in a good place when Chef Curry is cooking. As if their current roll is not scary enough for the rest of the league, Boogie Cousins is coming back Friday against the Clippers. There is always the risk of messing with the chemistry when things are going so well, but knowing these guys, they will do their best to get Boogie settled in. The upcoming road trip will be a fascinating time for the Dubs with the Boogie experiment finally becoming a reality. It’s still early, but the Warriors look every bit like the class of the league once again. In the immortal words of late football coach Dennis Green, “they are who we thought they were!”

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About Aravind Srinivasan

Aravind loves two things- the NBA and writing. He has been a long-time Phoenix Suns fans since the Charles Barkley-Kevin Johnson era of the mid-90’s. He now lives in the Golden State and follows the Warriors closely. An avid sports and NBA blogger since the early days of blogging, he is now a Suns and Dubs writer for TLSM. His favourite Sun is Steve Nash and his favourite Warrior is Steph Curry. Twitter: @15cent

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