The Golden State Warriors have won 16 in a row and they will look to make it 17 when they take on Memphis on Tuesday night. This could very well be the toughest game of the bunch as the Dubs are playing their third road game in four nights and are nursing injuries. No, I am not talking about the injuries to Andrew Bogut and David Lee, but Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes were knicked up in their overtime win on Sunday against New Orleans. In fact Barnes broke his nose because of an errant elbow from Dante Cunningham.
The Warriors are the toast of the NBA right now with their 21-2 record and their wide open style of play. The league knows about the Splash Brothers (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) but the revelations have been Green and Barnes who are working in tandem to be the perfect complement to Curry and Klay. The Warriors are the best defensive team in the league. That is not just conjecture on my part, its truth. They have the best FG percentage defense in the league. It took New Orleans to catch the Warriors on the second night of a road back-to-back for an opponent to finally shoot over 45 percent against the Dubs during this amazing streak.
The challenge for first-year coach Steve Kerr will be to find a way to incorporate Lee back into the line-up without breaking up the flow and rhythm of a team that is stopping for no one. Lee has been a stand-out player for the Warriors during his tenure, but it would be foolish to insert him into the starting line-up at the expense of Green or Barnes. Lee will most likely accept his diminished role in the same way Andre Iguodala has. Winning certainly calms playing time ills.
The Warriors are on a mission. They are best professional basketball team the Bay Area has seen since the 1975-76 team won 60 games only to fall to Phoenix in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors in 75-76 were even better than their 74-75 squad which won the NBA title, but a few rough nights in that series cost that 75-76 team a chance to repeat. This Warriors team has all the makings of a title contender. The huge question mark, can they stay healthy ?