This isn’t going to last forever, this Warriors brilliance, the winning streaks — 53 in a row at home now — the sublime shooting of Steph and Klay, or is it Klay and Steph? The all-around game of Draymond Green.
The head coach reminded us as much, and around here where we saw the 49ers, Raiders and A’s on top only to tumble, Steve Kerr’s words resonate.
But Kerr is not about to toss cold water on what is being accomplished. That is done literally by the players in post-game ceremonial maneuvers. What Kerr said Sunday evening after Klay Thompson scored 40 for a second straight game, Green had his 12th triple double of the season and the Warriors beat the Philly 76ers, 117-105 at Oracle was to tell us, players, coaches, fans and media was to relish every golden moment.
Athletes and eras come and go. Check Reggie Jackson, Jim Plunkett, Joe Montana. And in time, maybe a long time, Steph Curry, Thompson and Green will do the same. So understand and appreciate what is unfolding each time the Warriors take the court.
“It’s a great time to be part of this organization,” said Kerr, who as you know has a sense of perspective, since he, along with Michael Jordan was part of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team that set the NBA record of 72 regular season wins — a record the Warriors, now 66-7 very well can break.
“We’re doing something,” said Kerr, “that’s truly special. Nobody knows how long it will last.”
Kerr understandably doesn’t want to get caught up in numbers, except one, the number of victories that will give the W’s best record in the league and thus home court in every playoff game they appear.
But for the rest of us, watching the Warriors build up large leads by the second half every night — we know they’ll win; the only question of this beautiful boredom is by how much — it’s the other stats which keep us involve — Thompson’s 15 of 27 from the field; Curry’s 20 points; Green’s 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
It’s Thompson, on fade-aways and every other iteration, making five of six for 11 points in the third quarter. It’s the Warriors, after actually trailing early on, hitting 16 of 21 field goal attempts in that third period. Yes, you’re allowed a “Wow.”
“Bill Walton is right,” said Kerr of the Hall of Fame center who is now an announcer. “The magic doesn’t last long, and we’re lucky to have it.”
Yet there’s more than luck to Thompson’s jumpers. He grew up the son of a No. 1 overall draft pick, Mychal Thompson (now a Lakers announcer) and by age 14 Klay was out-shooting his dad. “When you’re a shooter, I learned you can never doubt yourself,” said Thompson. “You’ll have some bad days, but you just keep shooting,”
And just overwhelm the other team.
“The volume of points [the Warriors] can shoot in short bursts is breathtaking,” said Mike Brown, the Sixers coach. “Coming down the floor they’re always looking to rise up. Klay, you forget how big of a man he is (6-foot-7) from his quick release. You’re just afraid of this barrage of points, threes, all of that.”
All that and more.
“Klay and Steph,” said Kerr, “may be the two best shooters in the world.”
Strong praise but hardly inaccurate.
“That’s what we do well,” agreed Curry. “We know how we can impact games, and the more we play together the better we’ve gotten individually.”
Art Spander has been covering Bay Area sports since 1965 and also writes on www.artspander.com and www.realclearsports.com. E-mail him at email@example.com.Draymond GreenGolden State WarriorsKlay ThompsonStephen Curry