It's very early and it's one weekend out of a 24-week schedule and, moreover, it's always risky to draw conclusions about an NBA team based on performances against clearly weakened or inferior opposition.
But the Warriors seem to be getting a feel for something they've never really had.
They're showing signs of the remorselessness required to win consistently.
The Warriors not only ran the Lakers all over Staples Center but they also finished them without mercy. The 136-115 final score was deceptive because the Warriors, when it truly mattered, had outscored the Lakers by 38.
That this came one night after the vulnerable Charlotte Hornets came into Oracle Arena and ended up with Warriors boots on their necks until the final buzzer represents a new development.
The Warriors of last season were potent but prone to nights of lethargy. They played without the urgency necessary to deck a reeling opponent. Too often when they weren't too soft they simply weren't tough enough.
But this is a different bunch, an improved team, with a deeper roster and more creative, resourceful coaching. That was evident on Saturday and again on Sunday.
"We have championship aspirations and that's not crazy to think about," Klay Thompson said. "We really do. The great teams play every night. And it doesn’t matter who's in front them. You've got to respect your opponent.
"We had some lulls last year where we would lose games at home to not-very-good teams. We can't have that this year."
Only two of the eight teams the Warriors have beaten were within 10 points. They beat Portland by five and Brooklyn by eight. The other six fell by an average of 19 points.
The Warriors should have clobbered the Lakers, like the Hornets before them. That didn’t mean they would, which is why rookie coach Steve Kerr and his staff took the team's temperature prior to the game.
"I challenged our guys today at our meeting to see how prepared we really are, how professional we are," Kerr said. "If we're the team we want to be, and think we can be, we come out and play well. If we're not, we come out and get punched in the mouth early and are forced to play from behind."
Didn't happen. Didn't come close to happening. The Warriors led by 11 after a quarter, by 19 at the half and by 36 after three quarters. With Stephen Curry (30 points, 15 assists) leading the way, it was an outright mugging.
"We didn't let them get a sniff after the first quarter," said Andrew Bogut, whose remorselessness was never in doubt.
As much as Kerr liked what he saw, he's taking nothing for granted. Which is as it should be for a first-time coach and a team ambitious to trend upward. How deeply these Warriors can dig is still to be determined. And there are many tests to come.
"We still have to find out," Kerr said. "It's early."
THE GOOD: Just about everything. Curry was particularly phenomenal, setting the pace, orchestrating the action at both ends and destroying Lakers PG Jeremy Lin.
Marreese Speights continues to pack a wallop off the bench. Not content with scoring (24 points), he's adding rebounding (nine) and defense to his arsenal.
Bogut's offense is visibly progressing. He's always adding to a kit that includes superb passing, uncanny anticipation and solid rim protection. His shot looks better and better with each game.
Andre Iguodala drained a couple of 3-pointers, only the second time this season he was able to nail two treys. His stroke looked smoother than it has all year.
THE BAD: The far end of the bench, given another chance to shine, did not distinguish itself. Festus Ezeli, Justin Holiday and Ognjen Kuzmic played a combined 28 minutes. They combined for eight points, seven turnovers and six fouls.
THE TAKE: Any number of factors could be behind the possibility of a more ruthless Warriors team, from the new staff to the more competitive roster to, well, a relatively soft spot on the schedule.
Surely, though, one is the Scar Tissue Factor. It's a rugged layer of coarseness that builds each season for teams bounced from the playoffs. The hunger grows more intense each year because the pain of defeat is more intense with each bitter spring.