You want to know how good the Warriors are? You could make a case they’re 23-0 and haven’t really completely clicked yet. Sure, it’s a stretch, but it’s also possible. As the Warriors go for No. 24 tonight in Boston against the Celtics, not everything has been picture-perfect, believe it or not.
Tucked away within this record and epic win streak are some less than ordinary numbers from some important players. But you know what? It just doesn’t matter. Regardless of who may be struggling at any given point and time, the reality is that the Warriors have more than compensated by the overall play of the team.
Anyway, here are some nagging numbers that ordinarily might be problematic. But not with this team. Not yet anyway.
Stephen Curry: In the past 17 games, Curry has been a turnover machine and they’re not necessarily accompanied by an abundance of assists. Curry has just 99 assists and a whopping 71 turnovers since early November. During that stretch he’s compiled a 5.8-to-4.2 assist-to-turnover ratio. Those stats would be more troubling if, say, the Warriors ever lost a game.
Klay Thompson: Thompson is on a tear right now, no doubt, and that tear has really boosted his overall numbers. In fact, despite it feeling like Thompson has just been so-so with his 3-point shooting, he’s actually at 44.2 percent from beyond the arc, which is on a pace for a career-best. But before this run, Thompson’s attempts and percentages were well off last year’s numbers. Consider that Thompson has had five straight 20-point games, but before that had just three 20-point games in the previous 18.
Draymond Green: We all know Green brings multiple things to the table, but one thing he’s left behind recently is his shooting. In the past six games, Green is just 2-for-18 from the 3-point line (11.1 percent) and in the past seven games just 25-for-40 from the foul line (62.5 percent).
Andre Iguodala: Like Green, Iguodala can’t be measured by any one stat alone, however his overall offensive game has slipped the past few weeks. Iguodala hasn’t scored in double figures in any of the past eight games, including two games in which he went scoreless. What’s also troubling is Iguodala has gone nine straight games without taking a foul shot, perhaps a sign that he’s lost some aggressiveness at that end.
even though they are winning, its not fun to watch them turnover the ball. draymond definitely is a streaky shooter. its too bad, because if his shot was more reliable, he becomes such a deadly player when curry gets double teamed.
iggy is definitely iggy. he just isn’t very gifted in the offensive end. but, at the end of the day, he just does things like draymond does to get the win. only seeing him a couple of times a year when he was in philly or denver, it was surprising how mediocre his half court offensive skills were when he joined the warriors. the best example was during mark jacksons era and it was a 1 point game at the 4th against the grizzlies. jackson calls an isolation play – surprise – and its iggy vs mike conley. he backs down to the paint and then fades and doesn’t release the ball until he is almost back on the ground. so shocking that he couldn’t get a better shot at that point. even a fade where he releases near his apex would have been better.
anyways, as you say, these are just stats to be nitpicky at this point