Jan 17, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) brings the ball up the court during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 131-106. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Watching Golden State it becomes clear very quickly this team functions like a well oiled machine.
Repeatedly they move the ball obtaining assists like they are candies. In this game they distributed the ball quickly and garnered 32 assists on 50 made field goals. I’m not sure how many hockey passes were part of that equation, but one can bet that number is equal or greater than the actual assist number that ended up on the box score. Stephen Curry is the catalyst in this area as his 11 assists point to.
Watching them gang rebound and defend the perimeter is like observing a training video. And remember this was a team who played the night prior in Oklahoma City while Houston was at home prepping for them.
When an opposing player starts to gain any advantage on the Warriors they simply trot out another capable defender to shut the opponent down. This team is so deep it’s hard to imagine them ever having issues with depth though the loss of Andrew Bogut could be the one area they are still susceptible come April. His health more than even Curry will determine their ultimate journey.
The other factor which is obvious is the chemistry of this team. Over the years I’ve seen teams who were defensive specialists or who were recognized for their brilliant offense, but this Warrior squad looks so finely tuned, half way through the season its hard to imagine they won’t improve with another half season to work on their schemes.
Bottom line opposing teams better start game planning now if they want to stop this team from making a trip to the finals as they boast two qualities at their peak: depth and chemistry. It’s true Atlanta are also humming along with similar qualities, but at the end of the day a team who operates like a single unit (as they both do), but has super stars within that framework will be very difficult to beat.
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