The Golden State Warriors’ road to finishing the year undefeated after going 20-0. THE Golden State Warriors are still dominating the NBA, and they may remain unblemished by the end of the year, capping off an extraordinary era for the franchise.
A big 116-99 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday has confirmed the Warriors’ 20-0 start to the season, with Stephen Curry posting an impressive 40 points for the defending NBA Champions.
Many have claimed that the Warriors have had an easy road to their perfect record, but there’s no denying that the team’s historic run is one to be revered.
Can the Warriors finish the calendar year without a loss, putting them at 32-0; one win shy of the NBA record for most consecutive wins in a season?
A look at their upcoming schedule reveals it won’t be easy but it’d be foolish to back against this champion team making it to the New Year with their unblemished record intact.
GOLDEN STATE’S ROAD TO 2016
Sunday, December 5 — @ Toronto Raptors
The Warriors’ next game may be one of their toughest yet. The Raptors have played some great basketball, putting forward a defensive team that can look to slow down a hot-shooting Golden State.
Although the Raptors can put up a good fight against the Warriors, Toronto may not have the depth to compete for the entire 48 minutes.
Monday, December 7 — @ Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets are one of the worst teams in the league, and despite the game being on their home floor, the Warriors are expected to roll over them.
Brook Lopez has regained his form for the Nets but their guard play won’t be enough to compete with the Warriors’ star backcourt.
Wednesday, December 9 — @ Indiana Pacers
This is another game that is very losable for the Warriors. The Pacers have played better than expected, with superstar Paul George emerging as a legitimate MVP candidate.
Given that it’s a road game for the Warriors, this is a game that may see the undefeated streak broken.
Saturday, December 12 — @ Boston Celtics
The Celtics don’t have a great record but they have had some impressive games throughout the season. Isaiah Thomas has been phenomenal off the bench, while Avery Bradley has been reliable for the young squad.
The Warriors have the veteran savvy to take over the game, but it’s one that they shouldn’t take lightly.
Sunday, December 13 — @ Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks haven’t performed to their potential this season, but they’re a team that can surprise this Warriors side. Giannis Antetokounmpo is slowly coming into his own, and a player like Khris Middleton can really get hot against an elite team like the Warriors.
They’ll put up a good fight, but this is one that the Warriors will likely take. It’s the last game of their road trip so they’ll be expected to end it with a bang.
Thursday, December 17 — vs Phoenix Suns
Their first home game after a long road stretch, the Warriors will be delighted to play in front of their home crowd at Oracle Arena again.
The last time these two teams met, it was a high scoring affair, and this game is expected to be the same. Both teamsplay at a blistering pace, with the Warriors being the superior team with that syle of play.
Saturday, December 19 — vs Milwaukee Bucks
These teams will face off again, but this time on the Warriors’ home court.
If the Warriors are able to take the game in Milwaukee, then this follow-up game will likely be a breeze for them.
Thursday, December 24 — vs Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz are one of the teams who put up a good fight against the Warriors, and nearly stole one.
The young Jazz were urged by their home crowd in that game and narrowly missed at the buzzer. They won’t have that luxury this game, so the Warriors would look to blow the team out.
Saturday, December 26 — vs Cleveland Cavaliers
This is one game that the Warriors definitely have circled on their calendar. The 2015 NBA Finals rematch, against a Cavaliers team who look a lot more fluid this season.
LeBron James will look to put up a huge performance, if the Warriors streak still stands. Out of all of their games to end the year, this is one that many have the Warriors losing.
Tuesday, December 29 — vs Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings are also one of those teams who have put up great performances, despite their poor record.
DeMarcus Cousins is expected to return by this game so he’ll be a big boost for the Kings, with Andrew Bogut likely to step up as a defensive stoppper gaainst the All-Star big-man. Rajon Rondo is a very adept defensive guard and will definitely take his matchup against Stephen Curry very seriously.
Thursday, December 31 — @ Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks have had their ups and downs throughout the season but they have a veteran squad that can compete with the Warriors.
The Warriors’ style of play doesn’t match the Mavericks’, so look for Golden State to try to run them out of gym.
Friday, January 1 — @ Houston Rockets
This would be the last game of the calendar year (US time) for the Warriors, and it’s againt a Rockets squad that has struggled mightily over the season.