The Nuggets are half a game behind the Warriors for the number one spot in the West after the Warriors dropped three out of their last four games. The Warriors suffered a crushing loss at the heroic hands of Dwyane Wade on Wednesday before losing to the ninth place Magic on Thursday.
Stephen Curry is not worried about having homecourt advantage in the playoffs, stating the Warriors “can win anywhere”. However, he did add that it was a luxury to have the No. 1 seed going into the playoffs.
Asked @StephenCurry30 if Warriors are more focused on securing No. 1 seed because of having to go to Game 7 on road last year: “It’s a good thing to have in your back pocket. We feel like we can win anywhere, but we’d rather play at home for sure.”
— Brad Botkin (@bradbotkincbs) February 27, 2019
Having homecourt advantage may sound redundant for a team as good as the Warriors, but the team has played in a handful of Game 7s in the past four years. They lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 in a heartbreaking Game 7 loss. More recently, the Warriors defeated the Rockets in seven games on the Rockets floor during the 2018 Western Conference Finals. The chances of the Warriors being in a Game 7 is pretty high, so grabbing homecourt advantage may be essential for this team.
The Warriors will have to find their groove if they want to hold onto the first place in the West, especially since the Nuggets show no signs of slowing down. However, Curry may have a point. With a team as good as the Warriors, it may not matter whether they have homecourt advantage or not. That is, of course, depending on whether any competitors give them a run of their money this year. If they are no tough competitors for the Warriors, they should cruise to another championship like they have the past two seasons.
The Nuggets could catch up to the Warriors with great play from Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and a series of other players. The young Nuggets have taken the league by storm while winning their way to the number two record in the Western Conference.
Curry may not be worried, but the Warriors will certainly need to step up their game if they want to hold onto the number one spot and homecourt advantage in the playoffs this season.