You can’t teach what the Golden State Warriors have.
Yes, the reigning champs’ offense flows better than any other in basketball. And yes, their defensive principles are unique and always well-implemented. But talent always wins out over coaching in the end, and Golden State has more of it than any other team in basketball.
The Warriors recovered from an early 23-point deficit with an utterly dominant fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 124-117 on Thursday night. Their comeback was the biggest during the first few weeks of the 2015-16 season, and it gave Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and company a perfect 13-0 record.
Should Golden State maintain this level of play for the year’s remainder, it’s never been more difficult to imagine it losing. If that was going to happen, it probably should have at Staples Center.
Chris Paul made a surprise appearance on the court after missing two consecutive games with groin pain, but certainly showed no ill effects from any injury. He scored 18 points in the first quarter alone, propelling Los Angeles to a 41-25 advantage at the end of one – which just happened to coincide with foul trouble of Curry and Green.