A golden season for Golden State

It's safe to say that its been nothing less than a golden season for the Golden State Warriors. Coming off of a championship last season, it's customary heading into the new season that the champions have a target on their back. Every other team in the NBA has a collective chip on their shoulder when they play against the defending champs, and it's something of a right of passage in the league.

With reigning MVP Stephen Curry, the solid play of Klay Thompson, the emergence of Draymond "DrayMagic" Green, and a supporting cast of veterans and role players, the Warriors have not only stepped up to the challenge of being the defending champions, they've surpassed it.

With all the hype and hysteria that surrounded "the streak" before it was eventually ended by the Milwaukee Bucks, it could have been very easy for the team as a whole to let up and drop the ball (so to speak) after suffering that first loss.

This kind of winning pace hasn't been seen since the 95'-'96, 72 win Chicago Bulls, so, surely no one would have held it against the Warriors if they'd decided to ease their foot off the gas a bit. If the best record in all of Basketball at 47-4 weren't enough, the Warriors are currently in the middle of a 10 game winning streak, and are still continuing to win games in commanding fashion.

Blowouts and beatdowns

After making quick work of the San Antonio Spurs (the one team that many thought had the defensive capacity to bother the offense of the Warriors) in their first meeting of the season back in February, Golden State has continued to blow teams out, including high-profile wins against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the often struggling but still dangerous Houston Rockets.

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What's perhaps most impressive (even more than the numbers in the win column) is the way that Golden State is inspiring not only legions of fans, but fellow opponents, and bringing out the best in everyone. Games that might normally be considered regular season throw away games have become must-see TV with a competitive, playoff atmosphere and the energy and ambiance to match. Whether it's fans coming in early to watch Steph Curry perform his pre-game routine, or the opposing team throwing everything and the kitchen sink at the Warriors to try to get a win, the competitiveness and intensity is elevating the game as a whole.

When asked about the way that other teams are attempting to disrupt his team and what they want to do, Curry said (via ESPN):

"We get everybody's best shot and it makes us better." "I think it'll test us and allow us to be even more comfortable when the playoffs do roll around because we pretty much have seen everything."

With Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all making the All-Star team this season, it looks like the Warriors' big three will be able to have some fun in Toronto before getting back to business, finishing out the season, and preparing for the playoffs.

Only time will tell if Golden State will be able to repeat as champions, but, with the way they're picking teams apart on a nightly basis, it's theirs to lose.

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