USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick breaks down the Warriors’ hot start and how they have come together on the defensive end.
OAKLAND – In some ways, this looks like a different version of the same old Golden State Warriors story.
They’re all the rage again in the regular season – 12 wins in a row and a 16-2 overall mark for the team that won an unprecedented 73 games last season before faltering in the Finals. They’re being fueled by disrespect again, taking note of the headlines about their diminished defense and promising to punish anyone who dares doubt them.
It’s enough to make you wonder if they’re already forgetting about the cautionary tale they authored last June, the one that ultimately led to them landing Kevin Durant in the summer as the ultimate free agency counter: drive too hard in the games that don’t matter most, and you just might run out of gas come playoff time.
And then, in an Oracle Arena hallway after their latest win…