Beyond the Key Episode of the week
By Chris Madden
Another win for Dub-City keeps their historic record alive, but how long can they hold onto perfection? This Golden State team has picked up right where they left off from last season’s NBA Championship and show no sign of slowing down. This team is a well-oiled machine with reigning MVP Steph Curry looking better and better every night. The greatness of this team truly comes from the chemistry they have together, at any point the mix of 9 or so players on the court play the game with a selfless perfection that leads to excellence.
But how long can we realistically expect the Warriors to remain undefeated? They’ve dominated the competition 19 games in a row, but the NBA season is a long 82 games. Obviously no one expects Golden State to run the table, but how long will it be until they lose? Their next several games bring up an interesting time for this juggernaut of a basketball team, 7 road games in a row. That’s right they’ll continue taking their unbeaten talents on a long road trip for the next month and it looks to be a real test of endurance and mental focus to continue their success.
Look for Golden State to play some tough, down to the wire games in the near future. The next seven game look to be potential roadblocks in the way of their perfect streak: Charlotte, Toronto, Brooklyn, Indiana, Boston, and Milwaukee. The Indiana Pacers are sitting in 2nd place of the Eastern Conference right behind the Cleveland Cavaliers with a (11-5) record and a dominating performance Paul George and Monte Ellis look to be one of the tougher tests.
Now, let’s say Golden State rises to the occasion and sweeps this road trip, when could they lose? Unless you have your heart set on eating Christmas dinner on time, watch the rematch of the NBA Finals at 5pm, I promise it won’t disappoint. The Warriors will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in a Christmas Evening showdown that promises to be a tight game until the end. A few days later the Dub’s will be heading to Texas to take on the Mavericks and Rockets back to back. And if we know one thing from history and competitive nature: when the best team comes into your arena, they’re going to get the very best.
Nonetheless, Golden State is 19-0 and aren’t going anywhere. Even with Harrison Barnes out, this team seems to come together every night as if they were just playing pick-up ball with their best friends. A team looks increasingly more dangerous when they’re dominating and having fun while doing it. Going into the December stretch the entertaining question of whether the Sixers will win or Warriors will lose may very well be answered. But you better believe who ever beats Golden State will play one of their best games of the season.