The Golden State Warriors head into Wednesday’s tilt against the Denver Nuggets as one of the NBA’s hottest teams. Winners of 11 of their last 12 contests, the Dubs have gained both a lot of national attention during their ascent up the Western Conference standings and a ton of bandwagoners along the way.
A lot of those fans hopped on during Golden State’s recent seven-game Eastern Conference road trip. After all, the Warriors won the first six games in a row, including an impressive dismantling of the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat and were well within reach of an unprecedented 7-0 road trip when they arrived in Brooklyn last Wednesday.
Despite falling to the Nets, the Warriors remain in consideration for the league’s most consistent and dangerous squad at the moment.
Behind the offensive deluge of Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the scoring consistency of forward David Lee and the dominant paint presence of Andrew Bogut, the Warriors are primed for loftier aspirations than a mere playoff berth. Golden State is homing in on a Pacific Division title and ultimately a lengthy postseason run that culminates into the NBA Finals.
Those are the macro, big-picture goals for the Dubs. The nearsighted approach is to take one game at a time, and the next obstacle in Golden State’s path is the always-pesky Denver Nuggets.
Here are five things to look for in the Warriors’ game against Denver on Wednesday.