Golden State Warriors Moving Forward in Wake of Christmas Day Collapse

December 27th, 2016 by Erik Malinowski Leave a reply »

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors' downtown Oakland practice facility was, by all outward appearances, imbued with the very sense of joyfulness and camaraderie that has become standard operating procedure in the Steve Kerr era. 

Stephen Curry faux-karate kicking an assistant coach beyond the arc. Kerr whipping a pigskin around like he'll be backing up Matt McGloin for the Oakland Raiders in Sunday's regular-season finale. Smiles and laughs everywhere you looked.

Yes, the crushing Christmas Day collapse in Cleveland was still a fresh memory in the minds of everyone within earshot, but this team doesn't do lingering heartbreak. It acknowledges, and it moves forward.

Having come home from this brief three-games-in-four-nights road trip to hunker down for a 10-game quasi-homestand—nine at Oracle Arena plus one a bus trip away in Sacramento—the Warriors are facing the midseason slog head-on with the NBA's best record at 27-5. They have a leading MVP candidate in Kevin Durant and three more top-20 players, all healthy and ready to make another long playoff run.

But for one last d ...

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