It’s been the biggest question since Kevin Durant made his infamous decision three and a half years ago: can anyone beat the Warriors?
So far, nobody has come close and the Warriors look like they might be on the verge of complete domination again. Still, there are always teams capable of threatening the Warriors. This season, Golden State star Draymond Green and head coach Steve Kerr know exactly who that team is, and it hasn’t changed since the season first began.
“I remember that,” Kerr told Anthony Slater of The Athletic, before pondering why he said it. “They’d just done such a good job of building their team with picks and young players. And you knew Cleveland was on the way out.”
“I still feel that way,” he said. “But they’re not alone.”
Green still believes they are the most talented team in the East.
“I think they’re the most talented team in the East,” Draymond Green said. “Still trying to figure out rotations and shots and all the things it takes to figure out when you have a great team. People think you just put great players together and it works. It don’t. They’re still figuring it out, but I don’t doubt that they will.”
Interesting that they still believe in the Celtics, despite the rather slow and disappointing start they’ve had. Early season talks had them boasting the best record in the NBA, and they’ve failed to live up to that so far, sitting at 5th in the East at 30-18.
No doubt, Kyrie Irving is a big part of that, as the Warriors know first-hand what he can do come playoff time. Undoubtedly, a big part of the Warriors’ belief in Boston comes from the rest of the league. No other team in the NBA really has their cards straight. The Nuggets are good but don’t have a proven star, the Rockets have a star but can’t stay healthy enough to surround him with enough talent.
The Thunder are having a great season, but the concerning shooting woes of Russell Westbrook will always be a liability. The Raptors are much improved since the acquisition of Kawhi, but how much will his impending free-agency distract them when it comes time to really perform?
The Celtics are far from perfect, and they’ve got a lot to figure out. Talent wise, they might be the most stacked, and with guys like Kyrie Irving and a coach like Brad Stevens, it wouldn’t be wise to count them out in any regard. The Warriors certainly know better.