By Gordon Robinson
1. The Warriors are in a Golden State! The Splash Brothers and company are on a roll, winning 13 games in a row (a new franchise record). Stephen Curry, Klay Thomson and Harrison Barnes as a trio all average around 40 percent from the three point line and Coach Steve Kerr has the team playing better on the defensive end, which is providing for easier shots on the other end. While averaging 106 points per game, Golden State is only allowing 95 to their opponents. The Warriors’ next five games involve battles against the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The middle three games are on the road.
2. The Atlanta Hawks hit lucky seven. The Hawks have won seven straight games and eight of the last nine. Atlanta is playing great team basketball offensively. Jeff Teague is shaping up to be a very good leader alongside Paul Milsap and Kyle Korver. The Hawks are playing tough defense and their chemistry has opened the door to the team’s longest winning streak in years. The Hawks’ victories have come against teams like the New Orleans Pelicans, at Miami and Indiana. Up next for the Hawks are the Philadelphia 76ers and then two games against the Orlando Magic.
3. Lob City is flying high out West. The Los Angeles Clippers are on an eight game win streak and it is being powered by Blake Griffin. In those eight games, Griffin has averaged over 26 points and eight rebounds per game. He scored 45 points (including the game winning bucket) in an overtime thriller against the Phoenix Suns and 30 points the game before against the New Orleans Pelicans. Every night is a fight out West and if they plan to keep up the Clippers are going to have to keep racking up the wins as they go on the road to take on the Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and the Milwaukee Bucks.
4. The King’s Cavs are holding court. The Cleveland Cavaliers have also put together an eight game streak as their offense is beginning to click. Everyone is finding where they fit and it may be right on time as the Chicago Bulls are on their heels. The next opponent for the Cleveland is the Oklahoma City Thunder, which should be a good one!
5. Philadelphia finally gets on the board. The Philadelphia 76ers have won two of their last three games and up next is the Atlanta Hawks. The Sixers’ first victory came against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the next one came a few days later against the Detroit Pistons with Philly guard Michael Carter-Williams leading the way in both.
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On the total opposite end of the spectrum the Detroit Pistons have lost 13 straight and on the season the team is averaging 93 points per game while allowing the other team to score just under 100.