Want some evidence? Well, start with this: When you combine the number of points they score per 100 possessions with the number they hold their opponents to in the same amount of time, the Warriors have a net rating of 11.6. That’s the best in the league by a significant margin, and equal to their net rating from last season, when they set the record for regular-season wins. Last season, the Spurs had a better net rating, but this season, San Antonio is not even close.
Golden State also has a league-leading point differential of 11.3, meaning that it has been crushing teams consistently. And though the Warriors have struggled with Durant out, going 5-5, they managed to clinch their division, no problem.
Durant will travel with the team to Oklahoma City on Monday, and should be present on the sideline to glance in the general direction of his former teammate Russell Westbrook while the Thunder guard shoots daggers at him in return. It’s fitting that Durant should be out for the fourth game that the two teams have played this season, if only to even the playing field. He had made a mockery of the much-ballyhooed matchup, averaging 37.7 points and 9.3 rebounds against the Thunder while shooting better than 65 percent from the floor during those games.
Westbrook has not been too shabby himself, averaging 31.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.3 assists against the Warriors. But he is averaging nine turnovers a game against Golden State. That’s about four more than his average, but there’s no question that Westbrook does not take enough care with the basketball, a shortcoming that may haunt the Thunder in the postseason.
Those turnovers will also be important when it comes to deciding whether Westbrook deserves the Most Valuable Player Award over other candidates like James Harden and Kawhi Leonard. Oklahoma City is on a five-game winning streak, and has moved half a game ahead of Memphis in the standings. Were the…