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Golden State not satisfied with undefeated start

Golden State not satisfied with undefeated start

Golden State not satisfied with undefeated start

The numbers say a lot. Five wins in five games, which ties the best start in team history and the first time since 1994.


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The last perfect record left in the league, the first time since 1960, when the team was still located a continent away in Philadelphia.

Draymond Green says the Warriors aren't thinking that they're the best thing since sliced bread.

Good thing. Because there are plenty of times when new coach Steve Kerr feels like he's only got half a loaf.

"There are times when I don't know what we're doing," Kerr said.

Truth be told, the players probably feel the same way.

That's a bad thing when the ball is being tossed around on a fast break like it's a radioactive greased pig. It's also the reason to sit back and rub your hands in anticipation of what it could be like if the Warriors put it all together.

The numbers say a lot.

Through five games Golden State is averaging 21.6 turnovers per night, including 26 against the Rockets in what was supposed to be a summit meeting of West powers.

Dwight Howard was stricken with flu-like symptoms and didn't play for Houston. But the missing All-Star center had little to do with the way the Warriors treated the ball so cavalierly, because they've been doing it since the season opener.

"We're coming down and making plays that would make a sixth grader blush," Kerr said. "It's shocking to me. We have so much talent and these guys are such good players that if they would just make the easy play, then the game would be simpler and we'd be in great shape.

"But we're making some of the dumbest passes I've ever seen in my life. We're still winning and that's good. But if we want to get where we want to be, then we have to value the ball and make the easy play. If we do that, the sky's the limit.

"I think part of the problem is we have guys that are very, very gifted and skilled and so they believe they can do anything."
It's the burden of genius to have to live up to reputation, to clear the bar you've set so high for yourself.

A lineup that starts with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and Andrew Bogut and goes deeper than the Pacific has all the raw talent and such an abundance of individual skills to simply rely too much on them or to try to lift them up to a level that just isn't necessary.
The Warriors can turn 24 seconds on the shot clock into a five- or six- or seven-pass possession that at times seems more intent on showing how slick they can be with the ball rather than someone just dropping it into the basket. The Warriors can also run a 3-on-2 fast break that is only dangerous to themselves.

Nobody is foolishly suggesting that there is any cause for alarm in a perfect 5-0 start. It's like pointing out a misplaced hair on Kate Upton's head. The folks in Cleveland, Oklahoma City and even San Antonio would take it in a heartbeat.

"We're not there yet, far from it," said Bogut.

"We're pretty talented and pretty deep at basically 1 through 15," said Curry. "Guys are trying to figure out what's going on ... because we want to be great."

But greatness comes when you learn to instinctively make the easy plays rather than overthinking the hard ones.

"I never had the problem as a player," Kerr said. "I couldn't do anything, so I had to make the right play. These guys are capable of doing so much, they try to do way too much."

The numbers say a lot.

That if the Warriors can ever learn to embrace doing the simple things, this could be only be the start of something special.

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