Stephen Curry on Warriors: 'This Is Playoff Mentality Time' Amid Win Streak

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JANUARY 28:   Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after making a basket to end the first half against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on January 28, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors are locked in after notching their 11th consecutive victory with a 132-100 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

"Coach hit us with what game this is—I think it's 50," Warriors guard Stephen Curry said, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. "And you think about how quickly that springs on you. You get back from All-Star break, you still have 30 games, and you're like, 'All right, this is playoff mentality time,' and you start to ramp it up, so we're starting early."

Curry best exemplified Golden State's recent groove by going 10-of-13 from the field, including 6-of-8 from three, against Indiana for 26 points in just 27 minutes.

The Warriors' streak dates back to Jan. 5 and includes wins over the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics. Their margin of victory during the streak is 17.5 points per game, and they are 13-2 over their last 15, with both losses coming via one-point overtime defeats.

Monday night's blowout of the Pacers marked the end of a five-game road trip. Per Friedell, Golden State is just the third team in NBA history to win 10 consecutive road games while scoring 110-plus points in each contest. The two previous teams to do so went on to win the title.

Golden State was "just" 25-14 before its current streak. Injuries played a role, however, as Stephen Curry (groin), Draymond Green (toe) and DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) were all among those to miss time. Meanwhile, Green and two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant were involved in an on-court confrontation in November.

Golden State (36-14) has grabbed the top spot in the Western Conference, and the bad news for the rest of the league is the Warriors still feel like there's room for improvement.

"I feel like we can [play better]," Curry told reporters. "We're not playing perfect basketball, by any stretch, but we're playing consistent, focused basketball, and we're still working out some kinks with rotations and stuff like that."

Curry and Co. will look to keep their momentum going Thursday night versus the Philadelphia 76ers at Oracle Arena.


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