Golden State Warriors: Four takeaways from win over New Orleans Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 20: Kevin Durant
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The Warriors have a huge target on their back

This isn’t anything new. Every team wants to go at the defending champs. This Golden State Warriors team, in particular, have a giant target on their back and they’re going to get everyone’s best.

Steve Kerr said it multiple times during the game that the New Orleans Pelicans were going after them. He added that it’s just the reality that these Warriors have to deal with. They are going to get every team’s best shot every night.

The Warriors are the game that every opponent circles on their schedule. They know when they’re going to go up against Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and the rest of them.

The New Orleans Pelicans played incredibly well early on. They were focused and their effort level was off-the-charts. It’s how they jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter.

The Warriors need to be focused all season long. They won’t have any off nights. Even the worst team in the league will go out there and leave it all on the floor for the chance to topple the champs.

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Golden State isn’t a stranger to this. It’s been like this since they won their first championship and embarked on their historic quest to win 73 games. It increased when they added Kevin Durant.

The Pelicans’ effort shows how ready teams are to face the Dubs this year. That’s a good problem to have.