AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — This could be the start of the Warriors threatening to make a major move up the standings.
They’ve run in place at times. Busted a tire with some losses that shouldn’t have happened of late at home. But now at this stage in the season, the Warriors are 13 games over .500 and looking for more after a 104-96 win at The Palace.
There are positive vibes you sense when a locker room is going well. Andrew Bogut is back. The bench players are contributing. Jermaine O’Neal is playing like an All-Star.
“It’s a great win to kick off the six-game road trip,” O’Neal said.
Take away LeBron James’ devastating game-winning shot before the All-Star break, and this would have been six-game winning streak for Golden State as it looks to solidify its playoff position. The Warriors’ defense has won some of those on nights when Curry hasn’t had to score 30.
Steve Blake has shown he can contribute to the Warriors, hitting big shots and providing a dependable ball handler. And meanwhile, it’s apparent Jordan Crawford has been motivated after Blake’s arrival.
“I know if we come in and help the first unit, we have a good chance to win,” Crawford said.
From whomever is in Mark Jackson’s patchwork starting lineup given the injuries of late to the subs who combined to score 42 against Detroit, guys are feeling good about themselves as they should.