On the surface, a 6-6 record is nothing to write home about.
But in Steph Curry's book, that's a good record for the 2020-21 Warriors to have after 12 games following their 114-104 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.
"Six and six with us learning on the fly, Draymond missing the first two, it's a solid place to be," Curry said after the loss. "We can play a lot better and hopefully our record will indicate that once we learn our lessons we need to learn. Jumbled standings ... I guess I do like where we are."
Curry and the Warriors have had an up-and-down start to the season. They opened the campaign with back-to-back blowout losses but responded by winning six of their next 10 games, which included going 4-3 during a grueling homestand. The return of Draymond Green has helped get the Warriors' defense back on track, but they still are struggling with rebounding and were pummeled on the glass by the Nuggets on Thursday night.
Opposing teams have been throwing a number of "janky" defenses at Curry, and the Warriors will have to get creative in order to combat opponents' focus on shutting down the two-time MVP. What's become clear early on this season is that Curry needs to be aggressive early in games to get himself going first before getting his teammates involved.
The Warriors are undoubtedly thrilled by the early returns from rookie James Wiseman. Despite playing in just three collegiate games and having a truncated training camp, Wiseman has flashed the elite talent that had Golden State lusting after him with the No. 2 overall pick.
The Warriors now have three days off and will face the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on Monday in what will be a true gauge of how close they are to the NBA's elite.
At .500 after 12 games, the Warriors currently find themselves in ninth place in the Western Conference but at just 1.5 games out of fourth place. The season still is young and Curry likes the direction his team is headed in.