The Golden State Warriors concluded a tough early schedule in Denver on Wednesday night, now heading home for six-straight home games and eight of their next 10 at Chase Center.
While a 108-105 loss may have been a disappointing end to an eight-game period in which they played in eight different cities, it didn’t do much to tarnish what’s been a strong start to the season.
Head coach Steve Kerr and superstar Stephen Curry each have a positive outlook on the Golden State Warriors through the first nine games.
Golden State had their chances against the reigning champions on Wednesday, with Curry missing a left-handed layup in the final 10 seconds that would have tied the game. Although a victory in Denver could have been a loud declaration of their championship-contending status, the competitive nature of the game nonetheless signalled their claim as one of the best teams in the league.
With such a tough schedule and Draymond Green having missed three games, the Warriors could have scarcely expected more from their first nine games. Speaking after the loss to the Nuggets, head coach Steve Kerr believes his team is in a great position heading into the six-game home-stand.
"“We looked it at and said we’ve just got to get through that stretch. We did more than that going 6-3, we’re 5-2 on the road. That’s a great way to start the year out, Kerr said."
Stephen Curry has been unsurprisingly pivotal in Golden State’s early season form, with the two-time MVP having led the team in scoring in all nine games. The Warriors road issues were highly-publicised last season with an 11-30 record, not that Curry wants to continue reflecting on that.
"“Eight games in eight different buildings in a short time span, you’ll take the record that we have considering how we played…no I’m not going to keep talking about last year,” Curry said on Wednesday night."
The 35-year-old continues to be a one-man band of sorts scoring-wise, with no other Warrior scoring 20+ points in a game outside Dario Saric’s 20 against the Oklahoma City Thunder last Friday.
However, the franchise’s new-found roster depth and bench capability has been an undoubted positive, continuing on Wednesday night with Golden State outscoring Denver 42-12 in bench points.
The Warriors will be out to avenge their recent road loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers when they host them at Chase Center on Saturday. That will be the first of a weekend back-to-back, with the Minnesota Timberwolves visiting on Sunday.