The 15-0 Golden State Warriors are a win away from registering the greatest start in NBA history. In their path are Kobe Bryant and his woeful Los Angeles Lakers (2-11).
Tomorrow night, in a nationally televised game, Bryant’s Lakers have the opportunity to be party poopers as the Bay Area gears up for a historic night. “I’ve seen stranger things happen,” Bryant said Sunday after his team’s 107-93 home loss to Portland Trail Blazers. “We’ve been playing like s***. We might go up there and we might play like gangbusters up there. You never know.”
Byron Scott, the Lakers coach, broke into laughter when asked his thoughts on Tuesday’s California matchup. “That’s my thought right now. They’re the best team I’ve seen in the league and it’s not close. They’re the best team I’ve seen in a while,” admitted Scott.
“Basically I look at them as a fan, when I watch them play,” Scott continued. “Unfortunately I don’t have that luxury Tuesday. I love watching them play because they do all the things we talk about. They share the ball. They play for one another. They play as a team.”
D’Angelo Russell, the Lakers’ prized rookie, will get his first opportunity to face Stephen Curry. “They’re doing something great right now. If you can get in the way of that, that’s the objective,” said the No 2 overall pick.
On Sunday evening, Warriors matched the best-ever 15-0 starts made by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets with a 118-105 victory against Denver Nuggets. These Warriors are already being compared to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls who won 72 games.
Scott conceded that the Warriors are almost unbeatable. “You can be up by 23 (against the Warriors) and it doesn’t matter. It’s a difference if you’re up 23 with five or six minutes left; then you’ve probably got a great chance of winning that game. But if you give them 24 minutes left in the game, there’s not a whole lot of leads that are too big for them (to fight back from).”