Let’s get the housekeeping out of the way — the Warriors defeated the Lakers on Tuesday night, a victory that set the record for the best start ever to an NBA season. The previous record of 15 straight wins to begin a season was shared by the 1948-49 Washington Capitals (kind of doesn’t even count), and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets.
Now the record belongs solely to Chef Curry and crew.
Warriors: 16-0 is best start by a team in NBA history pic.twitter.com/BN5A5OaWic— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 25, 2015
I wrote last week about a scenario where the Warriors could trade for Kevin Durant, but with the way they’re playing, why the hell would they do that?
It’s not just the fact that the Warriors are 16-0, it’s how they’ve done it. The 111-77 win over the Lakers really defines who Golden State is — the most dominant team in recent memory.
Warriors: 167 minutes this season leading by at least 15 points Warriors: 149 minutes trailing by any margin.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 25, 2015
That time leading by 15 points is important, because their average margin of victory is actually just a shade higher — 15.6 points (including 11 by double-digits). But the pounding GSW put on the Lakers wasn’t even the most lopsided win of the season. That would be a FIFTY-point win against the Grizzlies.
Believe it or not, the Warriors also notched a 16-game win streak last season, which makes them the first team ever to have back-to-back seasons with such streaks.
But despite the fact that these games all sounds like blowouts, there’s still plenty of meat on the bone for DFS players (as I’m sure you know). Golden State’s scored 100+ points in every game this season, and already knocked down 199 3-pointers.
And even while getting plenty of rest during garbage time, Steph Curry has been blowing his MVP season out of the water this year. DK’s own Rob Perez has been keeping you posted on the ridiculous, seemingly nightly, highlights. But Curry hasn’t just been juking defenders out of their socks, he’s been getting extreme results when it comes to numbers.
Curry is averaging 32.1 PPG on 51.2% shooting — both significant jumps from 23.8 PPG/48.7% as an MVP winner. But the most ridiculous number has been Curry’s ability to knock down 3-pointers, where nearly half his points come from. Steph is essentially draining FIVE triples per game. If he keeps this up, he’s on pace to hit an ABSURD 400 treys on the season. Keep in mind that Steph broke his own record for 3-point makes in a season last year … with 286.
Let that sink in.
You’d have to think human error will come into account at some point and the Warriors will lose a game. But if it does’t happen anytime soon, the Warriors would have a chance to match the 1971-72 Lakers’ 33-game winning streak on … Christmas day against the Cavaliers (thanks four wins to finish the 2014-15 season for GSW).
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