Golden State Warriors started the week still undefeated, but they were expected to be seriously tested with games against Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls scheduled. None of those teams were able to slow down the defending champions, however, leaving the Warriors with a chance to make history against the Denver Nuggets this Sunday. A victory would see Golden State become the first defending champions to open the regular season with 15 straight wins.
The Warriors have matched the 1957-58 Boston Celtics, who won their first 14 games of the season after winning the previous year’s title. If they win in Denver, they will equal the 1948-49 Washington Capitals and 1993-94 Houston Rockets, who both kicked off their championship defenses with 15 straight wins.
This week has been a challenge for the Warriors, as expected, but they have shown that they are too talented, focused and eager to drop a game as yet. Against the Clippers, the Warriors trailed by as many as 23 points, but MVP Stephen Curry turned on the jets, finishing with 40 points and 11 rebounds, while they outscored the Clippers 70-49 in the second half en route to a 124-117 victory.
Although their head coach Steven Kerr has yet to coach a game because of a serious back injury, they have continued their stellar play from last year under interim coach Luke Walton. The Warriors are still a well-oiled offensive machine, leading the league in scoring (114.3 PPG), field goal percentage (48.4%), three-pointers made (12.3) and assists (29 APG), beating their opponents by an average margin of 14.5 points.
Looking at the schedule, the identity of the team that can hand the Warriors their first defeat of the season is still a mystery. If they continue to play with the same effort and will they have been showcasing so far, they might be in the running to better the legendary 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who won a seemingly unmatchable 72 games (only 10 losses). The Warriors certainly look hungry enough as defending champions to be rise to the challenge.