It’s a little too early in the NBA season to get an accurate feel on a few teams, as there is too small a sample space to look at.
One has to think that these two teams are significantly better than their current record or how they’ve looked overall to start the schedule.
1. Golden State Warriors
The defending world champions lost seven of their first 10 games this year, and many were eager to declare that they were in trouble and that their dynasty is over.
But the Warriors may be starting to find their way out of the woods, as they’ve three of their last four contests, including a 106-101 win over the young and dangerous Cleveland Cavaliers.
Defense has been Golden State’s biggest weakness, as they rank just 23rd in defensive rating, but by holding a potent Cavs team to just 101 points, head coach Steve Kerr‘s crew may have a springboard to use moving forward.
It’s hard to believe that a team with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson (even a struggling version of him), Draymond Green and young stars such as Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins won’t get back into the championship mix.
2. Miami Heat
Miami is another team that started poorly but may be figuring things out.
It had a 2-5 record at the end of October, but it has won five of seven games since then, including three in a row.
The Heat have gotten their three most recent wins without Tyler Herro, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, and that streak includes a clutch 113-112 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Came down to Devin Booker being guarded by Jimmy Butler.
— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) November 15, 2022
Once Herro returns, Miami may be poised to take off.