Steinmetz: Not Buying into the Warriors' Nice Start


Steinmetz: Not Buying into the Warriors' Nice Start

Nov. 4, 2010
Matt Steinmetz

The possibility exists that at some point during the Warriors' 2010-11season, I'll acknowledge that they're better than I thought they weregoing to be. But that time is certainly not now.

I have the Warriors going 33-49 this season, and if they're a few winsbetter or a few losses worse, hey - close enough. Right now theWarriors are 3-1, and there's some palpable optimism wafting.

Nothing wrong with that. But you can never mention this NBA truismenough: It's a long season. The fact of the matter is sometimes thefirst few weeks of a season can play tricks on you.

So forgive me, but I'm going to be very deliberate when it comes tobelieving this Warriors team could be good. It's way, way too early.

If for no other reason, than a quick look back at some Warriors' history:

--Just a few years back, in 2007-08, the Warriors started the season0-6. Remember that? They ended up winning 48 games that season, morethan any other Warriors team since 1993-94.

--In 2005-06, Mike Montgomery's second season as coach, the Warriorsbegan the season 12-6. And, yes, were 3-1 just like this year's team.But 2005-06 turned into a 34-48 season.

--In 2002-03, Eric Musselman's first season as coach, the Warriorsstarted the season 2-8. By early March, Musselman had the Warriors at30-30 and in playoff contention.

--In 2001-02, the Warriors started 5-3 under Dave Cowens. He would befired by the New Year, and the Warriors limped home at 21-61 thatseason.

--In 1994-95, the Warriors went 7-1 to start the season, includingwinning their first five. That was the Webber holdout year. TheWarriors finished that year 26-56.

Steph Curry goes on rant over how Celtics-in-Finals comments were interpreted

Steph Curry goes on rant over how Celtics-in-Finals comments were interpreted

Stephen Curry wasn't taking the bait this time. Instead, he decided to fight back.

After the Warriors erased a 22-point halftime deficit to stun the 76ers in Philadelphia on Saturday, a reported tried to get Curry to talk about a possible NBA Finals matchup with the 76ers just like he had after Thursday's game against the Celtics. It didn't go well for the reporter. Curry wasn't having it.

"Hot takes. You can literally take one line of what I said and and say ‘very, very likely.’ Read the whole comment. I hate when that happens. I stand up here and talk for 45 seconds about that question and you want to take five words that put the Boston Celtics in the Finals. That’s the hype beast. I’ll be more specific next time about how I see the futures that surrounds who’s going to be in the Finals, even us. Whatever," Curry said.

A different reporter asked Curry if the situation frustrated him.

"Yeah, it did because, obviously, it was a question about Boston’s chances and how well they’ve been playing. I literally said they have to beat Cleveland because Cleveland has been there three times in a row. Obviously I made a joke because I haven’t been in Boston in the summer in a while. Probably nice weather. But the video is going crazy, so watch the whole video, watch the whole comment and you’ll get it right," Curry said before leaving the gathering of reporters.

Warriors F Kevin Durant won't play vs Nets due to ankle injury

Warriors F Kevin Durant won't play vs Nets due to ankle injury

A day after playing 33 minutes against the 76ers, Warriors forward Kevin Durant won't play Sunday against the Nets.

The Warriors announced that Durant is dealing with a left ankle sprain.

Durant finished with 27 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in the Warriors' 124-116 comeback win over the 76ers.

This will be the second game Durant has missed due to an injury this season. On Nov. 8, Durant sat out against the Timberwolves due to a thigh contusion.

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