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As tempting as it might be to start fitting the Warriors for crowns, don't do it. Don’t. Not today, not tomorrow and certainly not now, when any recalibration would be based on their thorough thrashings of profoundly defective teams.
And yet, the Warriors clearly are onto something as they return home after a perfect (5-0) road trip, punctuated by their 104-93 thumping of the poor Pistons on Sunday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The win puts the Warriors streak at nine, their record at an unprecedented 14-2 and their confidence at an all-time high.
"We talked before the game, it's so hard to sweep a five game road trip in the NBA," coach Steve Kerr said. "I just feel like this is a professional team. This is a group that understands that you’ve got to take advantage of the momentum when you can.
"We're playing against a team that's struggling right now so we needed to take care of business. We didn't play particularly well, but the defense was there. Overall, just thrilled with the trip and proud of our guys."
The Warriors are, in essence, a bowling ball knocking over pin after pin, none of which is equipped to put up serious resistance. The Nets have lost six of seven, the Hornets (beaten twice) are on a nine-game losing streak, the Lakers have lost eight of their last 11, the Jazz their last five in a row, the Thunder were 3-12, the Magic were 6-10 and the Pistons 3-13.
This, folks, is a not a schedule but a series of charitable donations. The Warriors won't see a less challenging schedule for the rest of the season, which is why it's premature to alter projections and visualize basketball in June at Oracle Arena.
There is, however, good reason to feel proud of what has been accomplished. The Warriors, after all, did not make their own schedule. They can only play it. The Pistons, who led early but never recovered once they were down double digits in the second quarter, are the most recent prey.
"We turned it over a little too much in the first half, but they weren't awful turnovers that led to layups," forward Draymond Green said. "We made a push at the end of the first half and that helped us out a lot. We started out pretty bad.
"Everybody just bought into the system. With all the weapons we've got, I think that's great for us. I don't think it's really rocket science – moving the ball, everybody sharing the wealth and, like I said, with all of the weapons, that's big."
Green, who had not played particularly well on the trip, was the difference-maker in this game. Returning to his home region, the Saginaw native poured in a team-high 20 points, including five 3-pointers.
The Pistons (3-14) were an utter mess. Couldn't shoot, couldn't defend and they simply wilted under the heat of a Warriors team making a habit of playing cruel defense, routinely dismissing outclassed opponents.
There are, however, 66 games left to play. Most will come against considerably tougher competition. Not before then can we get an accurate measure of who they are, and how high they can fly.
THE GOOD: The team defense just keeps coming. Detroit shot 36.3 percent, 27.7 percent in the first half.
Green's long-distance shooting was marvelous. He won't always knock down the treys, but each such display forces the hand of opponents.
Stephen Curry had a quietly efficient game: 16 points, 10 assists and one turnover. His opposite number, Brandon Jennings, missed 13 of his 19 shots.
Andrew Bogut was a force in the middle, blocking four shots in the first 2 1/2 quarters and a season-high five overall.
Reserve guard Leandro Barbosa, sidelined the previous two games with a sprained right knee, had an effective return, shooting 4-of-5 for eight points in 13 minutes.
Backup big man Marreese Speights managed his first double-double of the season, with 11 points and 12 rebounds, a team-high, in 19 minutes.
THE BAD: Speights, overdue for a poor shooting night, missed 10 of his 14 shots from the field.
The turnovers crept back up. The Warriors committed 16, the most since Nov. 16.
THE TAKE: The Warriors are going places they've never known. Best start ever. Best road record ever. Shooting the highest percentage in the league, limiting opponents to the lowest. The sheer numbers are impressive.
But it's so, so soon. One month down, more than four more to go. It's a time to enjoy the moment, to savor the undeniable progress of a good team on the verge of becoming an outstanding team. Greatness must be validated, and the Warriors remain in pursuit of that status.