The Golden State Warriors are off to a good start on this current six game road trip, they are 2-1 so far and have won 5 of their last 6 games coming out of the All-star break, their most recent win was Friday night as the Warriors shot the lights out of the gym, absolutely blasting the New York Knicks 126-103, and even the score couldn’t describe how bad the game went for the Knicks.
Last time the Warriors were in the bright lights of New York, Stephen Curry put on a show as all great stars do when ever you’re in the Madison Square Garden lights, he dropped 54 points and was 11-13 from 3 point land, and although the Warriors lost that game it was certainly Stephen Curry’s coming out party to the world.
This time. It was business, as the Warriors took command in the first quarter and never looked back the Warriors shot 47.8% overall but more importantly shot 40% from 3 point land. The Splash Brothers lived up to their nickname as both Curry and Klay Thompson each hit 5 triples in the game, and for Curry he put on another show in MSG but in different ways, as he tallied the 3rd triple double of his career scoring 27 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists.
For the Knicks, the losing streak has now been extended to 5 games but the more alarming thing is how badly they have lost the last 2 games, being torn apart by the masked-man LeBron James Thursday night and then by the Warriors the next night. The Knicks defense has somehow gotten even worse than it was last year and without Tyson Chandler on the court the defense gets even worse (if you can’t find a new low for their defense already), and on top of that they have had to deal with the drama surrounding Carmelo Anthony’s impending free agency, Carmelo has shown signs that he wants to stay but this current stretch of games has to affect Melo’s thinking process at least somewhat, and they’ve also had to deal with the recent developments with their point guard Raymond Felton who has recently been charged with felony possession of a fire-arm.
For the Warriors this recent win puts them a half a game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks for sole possession of the 6th seed in the Western Conference, and the next two games on this road trip wont be easy, as they face a very improved Toronto Raptors Sunday, a team that has been playing well since shipping Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings, and they face the Indiana Pacers, who have a defense playing very well and a defense also on pace to make history and will be on a mission to keep the Miami Heat at bay so they can hold on to the number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Warriors have to get off to a fast start if they want to beat either of these teams or else it will end badly like the 103-83 loss they suffered Wednesday night against the Chicago bulls (another great defense).
The Warriors will certainly have their work cut out for them.