3 things we learned about Warriors from 4-0 preseason
With the preseason nearing its end, the NBA world is starting to gear up for the opening night. On October 19th, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Both teams have a ton of new faces on the roster. But only one team has looked impressive, and that’s the Dubs. Today we are going to talk about what 3 things we learned from this 4-0 preseason start.
There’s excitement in Warriors Nation
Like many Warriors fans, people inside the franchise are excited to see what this year will bring. Steve Kerr recently talked about his thoughts on this season and how they have grown since their undefeated run in the preseason. You can almost see the joy in Kerr’s face, and when you have a coach that’s eager to do his job, it’s always a good sign for things to come.
The Warriors are looking forward to getting started as well. When watching the guys, you can see a level of focus and intensity in each game. They’re working together on and off the court, and in interviews, you hear multiple players expressing how excited or happy they are for their teammates. Incoming players are delighted to be in the Bay Area, and those already here are juiced about their new teammates.
No Klay, no problem
The previous two seasons didn’t end how the Warriors would like. Of course, this was mainly due to the absence of Klay Thompson. But for the first time in two years, it looks like the Dubs have found a supplementary replacement. The 22-year-old Jordan Poole has been sensational offensively during the preseason. He’s averaging 23.3 points on 51.6% shooting and 40% from beyond the arc in only 22.4 minutes of play.
There’s no reason for his scoring not to carry over into the regular season. The way Poole is getting it done is efficient and the right way. In these four games, he’s been the best complimentary Warriors player to Stephen Curry since Thompson’s injuries.
Chemistry is there
Typically when you have a lot of roster changes, it takes time to find a rhythm. That’s not the case for this Warriors team. Everything you hoped the team would be able to do by midseason they are doing already. The ball is moving well, resulting in assists, and all of their shooters consistently knock shots down.
Andre Iguodala is giving Golden State leadership off the bench that championship teams need. He is still good enough to fill in, and he’s the full-time mentor to the younger Dubs.
The new veteran additions Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica have fit in perfectly. They are both looking like players who will play every day for the Warriors. In these four appearances, there hasn’t been anything negative to say about the two, and they look like they have been a part of the team for years.
There are many positives to take from these games. It’s only a small sample size, but they are showing more than winning games. The Warriors are establishing winning habits that can travel them deep into the postseason.
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