10 Days Away. We are only 10 days away from the anticipated 2016 All-Star Game in Toronto and it seems like its NBA talent is in rare form heading towards the break. In a stretch of hoops action that will be remembered by record books and barber shop stories, a few teams took it even further tonight.
The Golden State Warriors have been on a record setting pace all year as defending champions but somehow they still manage to have nights like tonight. Times where you just have to scratch your head and wonder how are they THIS good…still? Last week, Klay Thompson dropped 45 points on the Dallas Mavericks with 7 three pointers. Tonight Draymond Green decided to add another his growing number of triple doubles – 10 this season, leading the league tying a record of most in a season held by Larry Bird. Sidenote: Only an assist kept him from posting back to back triple doubles as well (10 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists). He said,”I don’t want that triple double, I didn’t earn it” – shows his work ethic and character.
What takes the Warriors to another level as a team is still without a doubt Steph Curry, who is at this point just that much better than everyone else. It’s not just the fact he’s leading the league in scoring at 29.4ppg but the fact it’s translated into his team being a historical 45-4 and doing so in dominant fashion against the best. Tonight he matched a career high with 11 three pointers on his way to 51 points, including 36 in his first half of action. He’s so efficient with the jumper (13/14 FG, 8/9 3PT) there is really only one person on earth that can stop him right now….Steph Curry.
Russell Westbrook was coming off a triple double already against the Wizards with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists but he was in the mood for an encore. Tonight against the Magic he followed up with 24 points, 19 rebounds and 14 assists. All Star Ready? We’d say so. Kevin Durant wasn’t going to miss his opportunity to put up a quick display validating his all star selection as the clock neared zero late in the 4Q. 3…2…1, KD casually iced Tobias Harris from 3 point land to win the game 117-114 (Durant finished with 37 points.)
As Kevin Durant enters free agency this summer, one of the teams on his list to speak to are the Golden State Warriors. Can you imagine what that team would look like? Would it help them or hurt them though? Their chemistry right now is one of the best in NBA History. Only Durant has that answer but it is definitely something to pay attention to.
Nobody else would get a NBA Championship until 2020. KD talking about joining the Warriors as a Free Agent, scary. pic.twitter.com/w0oFUXYzW8
— Larry Jr. (@larrysjr12) February 2, 2016