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Overreactions after week 1: The Nets problem is called James Harden

by archysport

The first week of the season is over. So it’s high time for a few overreactions! A look at the Warriors, the Brooklyn Nets problem, OKC’s historic potential, and two young point guards on their way to becoming All-Star.

The warriors are a contender

How would the Warriors get out of the offseason? That was one of the most exciting questions before the start – and after four wins from the first four games there is more than just clarity. It’s the best start since 2015, when the Dubs won an incredible 24 games in a row.

We lean so far out of the window and rule this out for the current version of the Warriors, but after the difficult start against the two LA teams, an absolute dream start is possible thanks to a little luck on the schedule. After the away win in OKC, there are now eight home games in a row.

Regardless of the schedule, the style of the Warriors is reminiscent of the old days. By adding intelligent players like Nemanja Bjelica, Andre Iguodala or Otto Porter Jr., the game is smoother again. One no longer depends as much on Stephen Curry’s IV as in previous years.

Sure, the chef is still the fixed point, but in two of the four games Curry scored less than 40 percent from the field and yet the Dubs took the victory home with them. Golden State even wins the curry-less minutes for the moment, in the previous year the Californians regularly drank off (net rating: -8.6 loud Cleaning the Glass).

“You keep moving the ball, there are a lot of split screens, back cuts – that’s hard to defend,” said Kings coach Luke Walton, who was assistant coach for the Warriors on that 24-0 start, analyzing the bankruptcy of his Teams against Goldens State. “They play in a style that makes them special.”

And, like at weddings, this style is based on team play with a pinch of superstar power from Curry. Golden State now has the player material again, in the thin years players like Jordan Poole, Damion Lee, Juan Toscano-Anderson or even Gary Payton II could get used to the complex Warriors system under coach Steve Kerr.

While Kerr struggled to find eight NBA rotation players in the previous two years, the coach is now spoiled for choice. With rookie Jonathan Kuminga and Klay Thompson, two players are still missing who could help the team. Golden State is to be expected, especially if Curry can maintain his high level from last year over 82 games.


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