OAKLAND – The impressive performances keep coming, and there's no predicting who or when or even how. There is only the ongoing evidence that this is the deepest Warriors team in generations, perhaps since the mid-1970s.
Championship-level deep? Yes, which is not to say that'll be the result.
But with All-Star guard Klay Thompson on sideline and MVP candidate Stephen Curry playing below his standard, the Warriors this week went 4-0 against various levels of NBA competition, from the lowest to the highest.
Utah came into Oracle Arena on Saturday with the best record in the league since the All-Star break – and was stopped cold by Leandro Barbosa and his supporting cast of Warriors.
The 32-year-old guard came off the bench and served as the catalyst for a 106-91 Warriors victory. He scored 19 points, on 8-of-10 shooting, in 28 minutes. He added three steals as proof he now attempts to play actual defense.
"LB was great," said coach Steve Kerr, whose relationship with Barbosa goes back nearly a decade and played a role in him signing with the Warriors last summer.
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Forgive the Jazz if they knew not what hit them. How could they? Barbosa over the course of this season has been the third guard, the fourth guard and the fifth guard. The 12th year veteran has played as many as 31 minutes or as few as zero – as in Did Not Play, coach's decision.
Three times in the past three weeks, including Monday against the Lakers, Barbosa never left the bench. In five of his last six games, he has scored at least 10 points.
And there he was Saturday, the eldest Warrior, running rings around his defenders.
"I'm not going to lie. I'm a little bit tired," Barbosa said. "With Klay being hurt, I've been playing more minutes than usual, so I'm a little bit tired. But, I mean, everything for the team. Whatever it takes to win, I'm there."
Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who decisively won his personal battle with young Jazz center Rudy Gobert, was impressed by Barbosa's game and even more impressed by his professionalism
"He plays with a lot of energy," said center Andrew Bogut. "He's very aggressive offensively. He's a smart player, get in the paint a lot and he's been invaluable. He's been a guy that's got numerous DNPs but stayed positive and he's a great teammate."
Barbosa's tour force followed consecutive games in which Harrison Barnes scorched the nets. Slumping all month, and averaging around 10 points a game, Barnes scored 47 points on 77 percent shooting as the catalyst in wins earlier this week.
Eight days ago, with Kerr resting four starters, it was Justin Holiday coming from the end of the bench to start and score 23 points.
So there is more to slowing the Warriors than stopping Curry and Thompson and even Draymond Green. If it's not Marreese Speights torching the nets, it's David Lee. If it's not Shaun Livingston, it's Holiday or Barbosa or Barnes. Ten different Warriors have scored at least 19 points in a game this season.
"We're deep and the offense is catered to getting guys touches and opportunities to make plays," Curry said. "Those guys are just ready."
The Warriors (56-13) look as ready as they have at any time this season. They've beaten, in order, the Lakers and the Hawks and the Pelicans and the Jazz – three of the four by double digits.
Some of it is being at home, where they are 33-2. Some of it is the team chemistry, which everybody insists is as good as it gets. Much of it, though, is the result of knowing everybody will get a chance. And most will have their moment to shine.
And when that many are capable, what a headache it must be to try and stop.
Bogut, faced with the challenge of young and talented opponent, was better than his numbers: 8 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three blocks. He was superb.
The Warriors moved into second place on the franchise's all-time list for victories in a single season. The record, 59, was set in 1975-76.
The Warriors, for so long stymied by the Jazz, won the series for the second straight season and have won seven of the last eight meetings.
Not a lot here, but we'll note that Green's 3-point shot took vacation. He missed all three attempts before giving up.
The Warriors, behind associate head coach Alvin Gentry and Kerr, entered this season with a very clear idea of how they wanted to run offense. They wanted to be difficult to guard. They would do that with movement and passing and spreading the floor. When they are at their best, all of those factors come into play. And now they have the bonus of finding a scorer from almost any seat on the bench. It's a nice feeling, one not too many teams ever have.