A couple of months ago, people were urging the Golden State Warriors to give up, blow the roster up, and plan ahead to next season. Now, they control their own destiny and could clinch the seventh seed in the play-in tournament.
That's why some Los Angeles Lakers fans are concerned, as Stephen Curry is playing at a superlative level and he's not the kind of guy you want to meet in a one-game scenario.
Everybody knows what Steph is capable of, especially when the season is on the line, and that's why ESPN's Brian Windhorst stressed that the Lakers should be quite concerned if they - indeed - have to meet with the Dubs:
"Max, it's different this year. We have the play-in tournament. We have a one-off situation. And while I'd argue LeBron is one of the greatest players and performers of all time, in a one-off, one-game situation, you do not want to see Stephen Curry coming into your building. You especially don't want to see him when he's this hot. So, while I think the Lakers are making it into that top-8 and I don't see them losing twice in a row at home, I am really concerned when Steph Curry comes in in a one-off situation. The Warriors are a flawed team. I don't they're making a run in the postseason in a seven-game series. Maybe Steph gets hot once, twice, three times; probably doesn't overcome. But man, watch out at Staples Center next week if that's what goes down," Windhorst said.
There's no doubt that the Los Angeles Lakers are a better and deeper team with more talent than the Golden State Warriors. Then again, they're not healthy right now and even if they get healthy for the play-in game, they'll still be kind of rusty.
Even if the Lakers lose to the Warriors they're not likely to lose two games to the Memphis Grizzlies or San Antonio Spurs but there is a huge difference between being the 7th and 8th seed in the first round of the playoffs. So yeah, look out, Lakers fans, Steph is coming.