The Golden State Warriors are 5-0 since the All-Star break, outscoring teams by 17.1 points per 100 possessions. So much for that malaise they had before the break. The Warriors defense is back to being elite (allowing 100.3 points per 100 possessions in the five games), and their offense is off the charts. They are back to being the championship favorite Warriors, no matter how many games the Rockets win.
Last week, Klay Thompson said he wanted to see the Warriors win every game the rest of the way. Tuesday he reiterated Tuesday he wants the Warriors to run the table and win the rest of their games this season, as reported by Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News.
The Warriors have 19 games left and they are not going to win them all. For one, there are some tough ones coming, including this week when they play the Spurs at home Thursday then have to fly up to play red-hot Portland on Friday. Plus, Steve Kerr will start dialing it back and really resting guys the last 10 games of the season or so — he is far more concerned with health and rest than being the No. 1 seed. The Warriors will lose some focus.
Golden State could luck into a 24-game win streak to end the season, but I wouldn’t bet on it.