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Warriors Hitting Their Stride

Golden State seems to be on a roll.

What Happened?

Golden State started the season red-hot. A 10-1 record through the first 11 games showed the rest of the league it was business as usual for the defending champs.

Then they hit a rough patch. Star point guard Steph Curry strained a groin muscle in a 134-111 road loss to the Bucks on Nov. 8.

The Warriors then had a 5-8 stretch in the wake of it including four straight from Nov. 15 to Nov. 21. They failed to score 100 points in three of those games after starting the season averaging over 120 to start the season.

Curry came back and the Warriors still had their struggles. Every set of two wins was followed by a loss or even two.

Surging Back

It wasn’t until an overtime loss to the Trail Blazers on Dec. 27 that they picked up.

They faced Portland the next night and beat them by 10 on the road. Golden State hasn’t scored less than 115 points in any game since.

The Warriors have won six straight since Jan. 5. They are averaging over 130 points in that span.

Klay Thompson had a stretch during the month of December averaging less than 15 points per game. He is now coming back into his own at over 26 over Golden State’s current win streak.

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Draymond Green was also absent for an extended period of time. He went for 17 points and 14 assists in their 147-140 win over the Pelicans. Here are his averages over the last six: 6.8 points, 9.7 assists, 7.2 rebounds and a +18.3 plus/minus.

“We’ve lost enough early on,” Green said after the game. “We have to make up for some of those games we lost earlier.”

Here Comes the Boogie Man

The Warriors could only get better with a new addition coming to the starting lineup.

DeMarcus Cousins is expected to make his season debut on Friday, Jan. 18. He signed with Golden State in the offseason and was sidelined while recovering from an achilles  surgery suffered during the 2017-2018 season.

“All hell is about to break loose,” Green said about Cousins’s return.

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