CJ McCollum believes Warriors’ alignment elevates them from other NBA teams
It is no secret that the Golden State Warriors are the best team in the league this season — as they have in the last four years.
While their success is being credited to having five superstars in their roster, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum said that there is something unique in the Warriors that makes them hard to beat. McCollum noted how aligned the Dubs are, emphasizing that it separates them from the rest of the competition.
“The biggest difference you see with the Warriors compared to everybody else is how aligned they are,” McCollum said on his Pull Up podcast, via Drew Shiller of NBC Sports. “Obviously, they’ve had some issues off the court this season. But once they step on that court, the communication is there.”
McCollum had a first-hand experience trying to slow down the Warriors in the postseason. The Blazers had a remarkable run this year, but the Warriors were simply too much to handle for them.
The superstar guard said that the Warriors rarely committed lapses on offense because of their fluid movement off the ball. They were constantly looking to make Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson open, and they had a lot of success as the Splash Brothers powered the Dubs into a sweep of the Blazers.
Curry averaged 36.5 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the field in their four meetings with the Blazers. Thompson, on the other hand, tallied 21.5 points to help the Warriors overcome the absence of leading scorer Kevin Durant, who remains out with a calf injury.