You can’t blame the Golden State Warriors for their swagger. Something weird happens when the underdog becomes the alpha dog, though.
With only four losses, the reigning NBA Champions have been rolling through the competition and making a 73-9 season look feasible. After calmly embarrassing the two most realistic threats to their throne — the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs — by 30 each, they’ve made it pretty clear that it’ll take an All-Star team (or the Milwaukee Bucks) to take them down.
And the team knows their that good. But star point guard Steph Curry rubbed some the wrong way when he boldly predicted a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder the day before the Super Bowl. Were his comments blown out of proportion? Most likely.
It certainly didn’t make the team more endearing to rival fans. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook shrugged off the remark, but it marked a turning point for the Warriors. They’ve gone from hunter to hunted, and a lot of people want to see them fall.
The Warriors have been punching opponents every night with ease, and it’s only going to continue until someone punches them back. When you see Curry drain a three while an opponent palms his face, though, it’s hard to imagine anyone can.