The Warriors entered the 2020-21 season with plenty of question marks. The suspect start to the season didn’t help.
But the Warriors have looked like the Dubs during their current homestand, going 4-2 so far after Sunday night’s 106-105 nail-biting victory over the Toronto Raptors. Damion Lee played the hero, knocking down a couple of clutch free throws in the final seconds before Andrew Wiggins’ strong defensive effort forced an errant shot from Pascal Siakam at the buzzer.
“I’m really proud of the group,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Over the last 10 days or so, they’ve established that they’re going to be an excellent defensive team. And we can still get better. I liked tonight. The result couldn’t have been any better, in terms of winning but learning a lot of valuable lessons.”
Through 10 games this season, the Warriors have six victories. It took them 30 games to get to the six-win mark during the abysmal 2019-20 campaign.
It seemed like something clicked for the team in Friday’s epic comeback victory against the Los Angeles Clippers. It also seemed like the Raptors were going to pull a similar late surge against the Warriors on Sunday, but Golden State's defense prevailed down the stretch.
It’s still early, but the Warriors look light years ahead of last season’s squad, which went 15-50 before COVID-19 shut down their season prematurely. Golden State would go 43-29 if it kept up its current pace, which would surely put the squad in the playoffs.
Most importantly, the Warriors won despite Steph Curry’s awful shooting night. He went a career-worst 2-for-16, including just 1-for-10 from 3-point range. For a team trying to shed the image of Curry and a crew of underachievers, Sunday’s victory was huge.