As we head closer and closer to the NBA play-in tournament starting next week, the Golden State Warriors are certainly finding their stride at the end of the regular season.
So far this week, Golden State beat the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns, the top two teams in the West, on back-to-back nights. I will add that it’s at the end of the regular season, and most teams at the top don’t take the last few games that seriously.
Putting that note aside, Stephen Curry, as of late, has been their leader and playing like the best player in the world. The Warriors have also transformed themselves into a top-five defensive team that is peaking behind Draymond Green. Another surprising aspect in the Golden State roster is Andrew Wiggins, who’s looking like a legit second scoring option. No Klay, but still pretty good. For example, he finished with 38 points and was all over the court against Phoenix.
The Warriors are a lock for the play-in tournament, but it’s a long road ahead for them to reach the Playoffs. They currently sit in the 8th seed, tied in the loss column with the Grizzlies at No. 9. Unless Memphis loses back-to-back games against the Kings this week, their final match will be for the 8th seed. And remember, the 8th seed gets a second chance at life to make the Playoffs, so it’s a big deal. That’s the beauty of this tournament; it’s legit win-or-go-home drama. Anything can happen.
Catch you Monday.