Who would have thought it? The Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night became the first team in NBA history to start a season 14-0. The team became the second winner of an NBA title to open the season with that kind of remarkable mark (the 1995 Chicago Bulls were 14-0). But that doesn’t mean that they’ll be able to go through the NBA schedule — 54 games and all — without a hiccup, especially when the defense is as bad as it was during this match up with the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies totally toyed with the Warriors, a team that is good defensively — though it certainly isn’t the best. And given that they had to play without Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, they had some low-scoring options. But the fact that the Warriors look jinxed again after falling short in the last two postseasons is disconcerting. And based on their play against Memphis, it appears that they could be heading back to the Western Conference Finals for the third time in four years.
As with all things Warriors, though, more good news came from the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost their NBA title for the third consecutive year. As you might have heard from me, I hope the Warriors are ultimately swept by the Cavs, who beat the Warriors in six games in the Finals in 2016 and are all of three years removed from being a favorite to finally win it all. Oh yeah, Golden State still hasn’t won another championship.