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Another week of NBA basketball down, another week of perfection from the Warriors.
Golden State was able to exorcise some of its demons this past week with a 4-0 record since the last time we ranked. Ever since the team blew a 24-point second-half lead to the Grizzlies on Jan. 6, it won each game by an average margin of 19.5 points.
Even more noteworthy is that the Warriors took down the defending champion Cavaliers—the same team that stormed back in the fourth quarter to beat them Christmas Day—by a whopping 35 points.
“Every time you play a team like Cleveland, you know it’s going to take an A-plus game to get a win and a lot of energy, physicality and focus,” Stephen Curry said, according to B/R’s Erik Malinowski. “We sensed that early in the game and grabbed the momentum and never really let it go.”
But as strong a win as it was, don’t think the Warriors are content.
“We’re a really mentally tough team, and we’ve realized we still have a long way to go,” Klay Thompson said, per Malinowski.
It’s true that Golden State has a long way to go, what with 41 games left on the schedule. And yes, there are the short-term hurdles to look for this upcoming week in the Thunder on Wednesday and the Rockets on Friday.
But at a league-best 35-6, this group remains the clear-cut favorite out West. We all know that a blowout win in January means little to the big picture, but we also know that the Warriors are dangerous when clicking and should terrify anyone hoping to contend for a title come June.
All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats via NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.
Josh Martin covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and listen to his Hollywood Hoops podcast with B/R Lakers lead writer Eric Pincus.