Golden State of Mind

The Golden State Warriors have come out to play this season in a major way.  After vanquishing the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, the Warriors have won five straight games.  Golden State has the NBA’s best record at 28-5 and sit on top of the Western Conference.  The firing of Mark Jackson last season was not a popular move and threatened to railroad a 51-win team just beginning to believe in their abilities.

Rookie coach Steve Kerr has managed to make a team filled to the brim with offensive talent even better by infusing brisk ball movement and an unselfish style of play.  The Warriors average 26.5 assist per game while shooting 48% from the field and 38% from three point range.  Key role players like Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and David Lee contribute the gears of skill and grease of versatility that makes this team run like a well oiled machine.  The Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, are the team’s engine.  Stephen Curry’s shooting exploits are well documented and much acclaimed.  Curry’s shooting inspires kids to practice perfecting their jumpers instead of their dunking.  The biggest difference for the Warriors this season is Klay Thompson; Thompson shoots a finger tips blistering 44% from three point range and tops over 20 points per game.

It’s not just all about the offense; Golden State leads all NBA teams in defensive field goal percentage.  With every win, the Warriors are slaying the loser perception of franchise past and are fighting their way toward the Larry O’Brien trophy in their future.