Following all the hype and anticipation about how the Golden State Warriors would dominate the NBA this season, basketball fans all around the world were stunned after Warriors were handed an absolute mauling at the hands of San Antonio Spurs. Golden State were already a Superteam but they were only expected to get better after the acquisition of Kevin Durant, which is what made their opening game defeat all the more surprising. With a total of 75 games to be played, it is not a complete disaster as there is still the majority of the season to play. With four games played in total so far, we take a look at how the Warriors have bounced back from the disappointment of their opening game.
Warriors vs. Pelicans 122-114
Three nights after their Texan hangover, the Warriors treated game 2 as a must-win came and they came out fighting against the New Orleans Pelicans. Kevin Durant lived up to his reputation by 30 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. To their credit, the Pelicans weren’t push-over’s by any means, Anthony Davis, in particular, was very impressive for New Orleans, scoring 45 points and 17 rebounds. The key difference between Durant and Davis was that Durant was getting plenty of support from the rest of his team, no such luck for Davis.
Warriors vs. Suns 106-100
A narrow six points were all that separated these two teams on this occasion, which shows that KD and the Warriors are still a work in progress, and even Steve Kerr (Warriors coach) has admitted the team aren’t clicking as well as he’d like them to. Either way, Durant was still the MVP with 37 points, while Stephen Curry added 28. The winning points came from Durant in the final seven seconds of the game, providing the Warriors with a valuable ‘get out of jail free card’.
Warriors vs. Trail Blazers 127-104
Many fans and critics accused KD of looking past this game, as he knew that his old club, the Thunder are up next. Even if that was the case, he still managed to score 20 points. Gritty Stephen Curry was the top performer for Warriors on this occasion and scored 28 points, 23 of which came in the third quarter. Many of the Warriors key players were then benched once the team was 35 points ahead, probably to keep them fresh for the Thunder game on the horizon.
The Warriors have recovered well from the opening game and now have a record of 3-1. Up next the Warriors will play Oklahoma City Thunder, and thus reunite Durant with his former team, even if only briefly. 888sport favour the Warriors to win this game, and they also favour them as outright winners of the NBA this season. Warriors have built up an impressive undefeated record of 3-0 on the road, but this game will be their first at home since their opening game loss. Golden State need to turn the Oracle Arena back into a fortress, just like it was for most of last season. Warriors have all the quality to go all the way this season, but a lot of hard work lies ahead.