Golden State Warriors

GSW: Golden State Warriors Witness the Stephen Curry Effect

Dec 30, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors injured guard Stephen Curry (30) before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 30, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors injured guard Stephen Curry (30) before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time this season, the Golden State Warriors played a game without their superstar, Stephen Curry, and it was not a pleasant sight.

Curry is currently sidelined with a bruised lower left leg. The Warriors lost their second game of the season last night to the Dallas Mavericks by a final score of 114-91. Not only did they lose though, they were dominated and didn’t even look like the same team that has gotten off to the best start in NBA history.

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GSW: Golden State Warriors: Reflecting on the Decision to Not Trade Klay Thompson

Jun 16, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11), guard Stephen Curry (30) and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game six of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 16, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11), guard Stephen Curry (30) and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates with the Larry O’Brien Trophy after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game six of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

On Christmas Day, the Golden State Warriors will face arguably their toughest test so far this season when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors went on a historic and unprecedented 24-0 start to the season, and even though they are no longer undefeated, they are still clearly the best team in the NBA, by record but also by the fact that they’ve easily beaten almost every team they’ve faced so far, with the exception of a few teams.

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GSW: Stephen Curry Named Player of the Week, but Is He Best Player in NBA?

Nov 22, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 22, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

There is currently a debate going on in NBA culture about who is currently the best player in the NBA. The leading candidates for this honor, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, were both named Players of the Week for their respective conferences for the week of Monday, November 16th through Sunday, November 22nd.

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GSW: Klay Thompson: Comparing This Season’s Stats to Last Season’s

November 4, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots the basketball against Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick (4) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

November 4, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots the basketball against Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick (4) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014-15 NBA season was the best season of Klay Thompson’s young career. He averaged 21.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.9 assists on 46.3 percent shooting from the field and 43.9 percent shooting from three-point range. He was named to his first NBA All-Star Game, and he started the All-Star Game alongside his Splash Brother, Stephen Curry. In addition, he had his record-breaking 37-point quarter, and he was a key contributor to the Golden State Warriors’ title run last year.

Many expected Thompson to be even better this season with more confidence and experience under his belt heading into his fifth NBA season. He hasn’t had a poor season so far by any means, but he hasn’t appeared to be quite as lethal as he was last season.

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Golden State Warriors Roundtable: 5 Questions on the 2015-16 Season

November 4, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton (second from left) instructs during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Clippers 112-108. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

November 4, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton (second from left) instructs during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Clippers 112-108. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors finished the 2014-15 season as NBA champions. The Warriors owned the number one overall seed throughout most of the regular season, and they won a total of 83 games last season in the regular season and playoffs, which is the third highest win total in NBA history.

The Warriors have gone 8-0 to start the 2015-16 season, and they have dominated almost every single opponent that they’ve faced, as they have a league-leading +17.8 point differential so far this season. The Warriors look like they could repeat as NBA champions, but there are still a lot of games to be played and a lot of quality teams to overcome.

We’ve asked five of our writers to answer five questions about the Warriors and the 2015-16 NBA season. Here are the five questions and the responses from our writers.

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GSW: Golden State Warriors: Who Is Most Important Player After Curry?

October 5, 2015; San Jose, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) high-fives guard Stephen Curry (30, center) as interim head coach Luke Walton looks on during the fourth quarter in a preseason game against the Toronto Raptors at SAP Center. The Warriors defeated the Raptors 95-87. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

October 5, 2015; San Jose, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) high-fives guard Stephen Curry (30, center) as interim head coach Luke Walton looks on during the fourth quarter in a preseason game against the Toronto Raptors at SAP Center. The Warriors defeated the Raptors 95-87. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

So far this season, all the talk surrounding the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors has been about reigning MVP Stephen Curry. He was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the first week of the season, after putting up averages of 39.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists in 33 minutes per game in the first three games of the season.

Curry has already made a statement for why he could win MVP again this season, and given the fact that he’s the best player on the team and arguably the best player in the league, he will always be the Warriors’ go-to scorer and their leader.

In terms of the offense, Klay Thompson is most likely the Warriors’ secondary scorer behind Curry, but is Thompson truly the Warriors’ x-factor? The Warriors are a team that can win games even when one or two key players are struggling, and the x-factor could even change night to night, depending on matchups and which player is on a hot streak at the time.

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GSW: Golden State Warriors Won’t Get Complacent in Title Defense

Oct 27, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; The Golden State Warriors celebrate receiving their 2014-2015 NBA Championship rings before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 27, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; The Golden State Warriors celebrate receiving their 2014-2015 NBA Championship rings before the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

17.9 percent of the NBA’s general managers believe the Golden State Warriors will win the NBA title this season. NBA.com’s annual general managers’ survey has been around for 13 years now, and 17.9 percent is the lowest percentage a defending champion has received since the creation of this survey.

The term “lucky” has been thrown around a lot when discussing the Warriors’ magical run last season to their first title since 1975. Some fans and writers believe that the Warriors only won the title last season, because they were lucky enough to stay healthy and they were lucky enough to not face the San Antonio Spurs or, as suggested by Doc Rivers, the Los Angeles Clippers in the playoffs. Nice try, Doc.

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