The Golden State Warriors All-Star studded “death lineup” of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and the newly-added DeMarcus Cousins has already managed to brutalize the NBA, despite their short time together on the floor.
Through 18 minutes on the floor, the Warriors have outscored their two opponents, the L.A. Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers, by 35 points. NBC Sports’ Tom Haberstroh outlined it in the tweet below.
So, uh, the Warriors' Boogie Death Lineup has played 18 minutes so far.
Scoreboard: Warriors 55, Opp 20 = +35
Opponents (LAC, LAL) have shot 6-36 FG, 1-12 3FG and have 10 turnovers in 18 minutes. Not sustainable. I think.
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) January 22, 2019
Golden State is registering an unreal 131 offensive rating while boasting a team defensive rating of 45.5, roughly twice as good as the best individual defender by that metric in Giannis Antetokounmpo and way better than the best defensive team in the league (Milwaukee Bucks).
The sample size is short, but outscoring teams by nearly two points per minute is a giant difference that only spells one word — dominance.
This current pace is likely unsustainable, but let’s consider that Cousins is still working through some kinks in his recovery from a year-long injury, yet he’s already making a huge impact in this Warriors roster. Golden State will also face plenty of bumps on the road, but the upside surely looks strong for the time being.
One thing is sure, the Warriors will be tested throughout the rest of this road stretch. They’re still slated to face the Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, and Indiana Pacers on the road before coming back home to take on the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, and the San Antonio Spurs.
All six games will be nationally televised and under a huge microscope, as the rest of the NBA hopes to gauge how this addition really transforms this juggernaut.