The Warriors are in the spotlight more this year than in recent memory, thanks in large part to the emergence of Stephen Curry and the big signing of Andre Iguodala. So far, they are off to a great start, improving to 4-1 with Wednesday's 106-93 win over the Timberwolves. The only bad news was the foot injury to Curry.
The good news for the Warriors is that Curry's injury doesn't seem too alarming.
"I'm not concerned long-term. I'll just get my treatment and be ready for San Antonio (Friday)," said Curry via Marcus Thompson II of the San Jose Mercury News. "I was going to try to force it and go back out there, but you've got to be smart."
Steph Curry injured a knee and an ankle last night. But he's not concerned: http://t.co/fGp8JtSYN6— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) November 7, 2013
Although Curry was struggling to score, he did find his way into a highlight:
With Curry sidelined, it was up to fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson to close out the game. And close he did, scoring 19 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, via Jim Beilby of NBA.com, and prompting some speculation on his potentially otherworldly origins:
At this point I think Klay Thompson could touch Curry's ankle and heal it like E.T.— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) November 7, 2013
Each of the Warriors' four wins have been by double digits, and Klay Thompson has been the leading scorer in three of those wins. While it's Thompson and Curry who receive most of the spotlight, it was David Lee and Iguodala who kept the Warriors alive when the threes weren't falling in the first half:
Lee/Iguodala combining for 26 pts on 11/16 (.688) shooting to 9/28 (.321) for the rest of the team... Thompson/Curry shooting 3/14 (.214)— GSWStats (@gswstats) November 7, 2013
Lee, the Warriors' only All-Star last season, finished with 22 points and 15 boards. Those seem like nightly numbers for the man who lead the league in double-doubles last season.
With Thompson's emergence, Lee's consistency and Iguodala's stat-filling ability, the Warriors seem to have a complete team around Curry. Then there's Harrison Barnes, who made his season debut against the Timberwolves.
Barnes put in about 14 minutes on the floor and went 6-for-8 in shooting. His 14 points were the most off the bench. With Iguodala and Thompson in the fold, it appears as though Barnes will play a sixth-man role for the Warriors.
Going forward, the Warriors should continue to build chemistry and maintain their high-powered offense. Don't sleep on their defense, though. Golden State actually ranks second in the league in defensive efficiency, according to Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN.com.
The 2013-2014 Warriors might be the most complete team the Bay Area has seen on a court in a long time.
Where Will the Warriors End This Season
They have their superstar, Curry. They have their defensive presence in Bogut and Iguodala. They have their secondary scorer, Thompson. They have their reliable veteran, Lee. And they have their bench scorer, Barnes.
Throughout the season, the Warriors will continue to build chemistry and improve on their 4-1 mark.
The main concern ahead is injury. Andrew Bogut, the center position and the center of Golden State's defensive prowess, is injury-prone to say the least. And while Curry's shooting stroke is consistently great, his ankles are a major concern.
The Warriors look to be one of the best teams in the Western Conference.
But an injury can destroy the foundation and leave Golden State with nothing more than thoughts of what could have been.