The Golden State Warriors might not be dominating on both ends of the floor. But they’re so good on offense, it really hasn’t mattered during the seven-game winning streak they’re currently riding.
The Dubs destroyed the Boston Celtics on Friday, the second game of a four-game road trip, 104-88. And then ran past the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, 124-121.
Golden State combined for 63 assists over the two games and are comfortably leading the NBA in offensive efficiency.
While figuring out the defense with a new group of players might remain a work in progress, assimilating Kevin Durant, David West and others into head coach Steve Kerr’s offense is not.
Against the Bucks, Stephen Curry didn’t shoot well — including 1-for-11 from behind the 3-point line — but was effective running the pick-and-roll with Klay Thompson and Durant waiting in the corners for open shots.
The results were fortuitous for the Warriors as Durant scored 33 points on 17 shots and Thompson contributed 29, including five 3-pointers.
Kerr wasn’t thrilled with the team’s defensive showing, but it did make plays late when it absolutely had to. Draymond Green fought throughout the game with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee’s exciting 21-year-old forward, who led his team in points (30) and assists (6). With the Warriors clinging to a two-point lead with 10 second remaining, the Bucks attempted to inbound the ball to Antetokounmpo in the post. But Green was there to deflect the pass and Thompson secured the loose ball to all but clinch the victory.
“That’s what Draymond does,” Kerr told reporters after the game. “He sees the game and knows what’s coming, anticipates plays … Draymond is unbelievable in these situations.”
Green was less diplomatic in his assessment of the play that sealed the victory.
“I take that as disrespect,” he said. “Don’t go at me for game.”
Durant tweaked his knee in the second half against Milwaukee, but he didn’t miss any action and was brief with reporters about the incident after the game, saying, “I’m cool,” when asked.
Another aspect of the Warriors’ impressive offensive play has been their decreasing number of turnovers. On Saturday, they only gave up possession 12 times. That has to be a welcome sight for Kerr, who has always stressed the importance of keeping the assists totals high (which they’ve been doing) and the turnovers low.
Some teams win by defense, this group has gotten it done by outscoring their opponents. The Dubs have now won seven-straight when they score at least 100 points and distribute 30 assists.
Kerr expressed gratitude that the Warriors were able to play in — and win — a close game, which was their first victory of fewer than five points this season.
Golden State will now travel to Indianapolis for a Monday contest against the Pacers, which will wrap up their current road trip.