Even though there are 81 more games to go in the NBA regular season, there are already plenty of people who are proclaiming that the sky is falling for the Golden State Warriors after they were soundly defeated by the San Antonio Spurs on opening night, as reported by ESPN. Based on their schedule, the Warriors can turn things around rather quickly.
Expectations are always going to be high when you have a talented roster that includes Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. However, those expectations go through the roof when you shockingly end up signing Kevin Durant in free agency.
Despite going up against one of the best teams in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors were expected to automatically beat the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. The Warriors ended up losing by almost 30 points, which caused an uproar with sports fans and analysts alike. This early into the season and people are already wondering if the signing of Kevin Durant was a mistake.
My response to the folks out here who think Kevin Durant made the Golden State Warriors worse. pic.twitter.com/9H8Z6744Ms
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) October 26, 2016
Winning cures a lot of things in professional sports. Based on their upcoming schedule, the Golden State Warriors can turn things around pretty quickly and get fans to believe that they are destined for another shot at the NBA Championship.
After opening up the NBA regular season at home, the Golden State Warriors have three consecutive games on the road. Their opponents are the New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, and Portland Trail Blazers. Those are opponents that the Warriors are capable of beating even on the road.
Despite his issues with injuries, Anthony Davis still remains one of the best players in the NBA when he is healthy. Right now, the 6-foot-11 forward is healthy. Davis will provide quite the challenge for Draymond Green on defense, but overall, the Golden State Warriors have more talent than the New Orleans Pelicans. The two teams will take the court on Friday.
The Phoenix Suns have plenty of talent scattered throughout their roster, especially in the back court where Devin Booker seems destined for stardom in the NBA. New head coach Earl Watson might need some time to get the talent to gel, so the game on Sunday will be favored by the Golden State Warriors.
With Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson battling it out, the game between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers should produce quite a bit of highlights. The outcome of the match should be determined by Kevin Durant and Draymond Green taking advantage of the Trail Blazers’ front court on Tuesday.
If they can beat the New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, and Portland Trail Blazers, then the Golden State Warriors will be sitting on a 3-1 record, which should silence a lot of the critics.
The fun for the Golden State Warriors will take place next Thursday night. That is when the Oklahoma City Thunder rolls into town. Russell Westbrook will be looking to go after Kevin Durant, his former teammate, with a vengeance, so there should be plenty of attention from the media that night.
On the following Friday, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr will be going up against Luke Walton, his former associate head coach and current Los Angeles Lakers head coach. Though the teams are mismatched, it should still be a fun chess game to witness.
The Golden State Warriors are downplaying the loss to the San Antonio Spurs. That’s something that they should do because intelligent NBA fans know that it takes time for chemistry to develop. It is not a video game where superstars can mesh immediately together and become a dominant team.
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