Golden State Warriors off to surprising start

Perhaps the Los Angeles Lakers are not the league's biggest enigma. It could be another Pacific Division team — the Golden State Warriors.
BY JOHN ROHDE Staff Writer jrohde@opubco.com Published: December 15, 2012

photo - Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) celebrates with teammate Jarrett Jack against the Miami Heat during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, in Miami. The Warriors won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rhona Wise) ORG XMIT: AAA108
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) celebrates with teammate Jarrett Jack against the Miami Heat during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, in Miami. The Warriors won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rhona Wise) ORG XMIT: AAA108

Perhaps the Los Angeles Lakers are not the league's biggest enigma. It could be another Pacific Division team.

Despite being without their starting center and two other significant contributors, the Golden State Warriors are the NBA's biggest surprise so far this season.

A bigger surprise than the New York Knicks (in a good way), and a bigger surprise than the Lakers (in a bad way).

Golden State has shown this the toughest way possible, by winning outside Oakland. The Warriors won the first five games of a seven-game road trip, including a 97-95 victory last Wednesday against the world champion Miami Heat, and at 15-7 was off to its best start since 1991-92.

Two days later, Golden State laid an egg in Orlando and abruptly ended the franchise's third-longest road winning streak.

Having advanced to the playoffs only once since 1993-94, this is foreign territory not only to Golden State players, but also to many in the team's fan demographic.

“So much fun, finally, to be winning!” two-year owner Joe Lacob wrote in an email.

The night of the Miami victory, rookie forward Draymond Green returned to the locker room and found 83 congratulatory text messages on his phone, which soon grew to about 130 total.

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WARRIORS BY THE NUMBERS

1 — Number of team nicknames — Warriors

3 — Number of franchise locations — Philadelphia (1946-62), San Francisco (1962-71), Oakland (1971-present)

3 — Number of NBA championships — 1946-47; 1955-56; 1974-75

13 — Number of Hall of Famers who have played for franchise at various times

28 — Playoff appearances (in 67 seasons)

47.2; 41.5; 25.1 — Career averages in minutes, points and rebounds per game for all-time franchise leader Wilt Chamberlain

807 — Career games for franchise leader Chris Mullin

4,855 — Career assists for franchise leader Guy Rodgers

5,010 — Career free throws for franchise leader Paul Arizin

12,771 — Career rebounds for franchise leader Nate Thurmond

14,392 — Career field-goal attempts for franchise leader Rick Barry

1978 — Year the Warriors last won five straight road games until this year

1997 — Year the last time a Golden State player was selected to the All-Star Game (Latrell Sprewell)

Source: http://basketball-reference.com

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