These Warriors just won back-to-back road games for first time; should they still make a trade? (Probably)

The Golden State Warriors’ 12-39 record places them deep down in the cellar of the NBA, but they are heating up like a basement furnace.

Let’s get into their entertaining 125-117 victory over the hapless Washington Generals, oops, I mean Wizards.

A game for the analytics crowd

In the modern NBA, the computers have shown us that preferred, high value shots are three-pointers, free throws, and shots at the rim. The Warriors checked off those boxes last night in a major way against the Wizards’ impotent defense.

Take a look at the shot chart of their first quarter, 40-point barrage that let the Wiz know they weren’t gonna ease on down the road.

The Dubs were a red hot 15-of-30 from beyond the three-point arc and nailed 24-of-31 attempts from the free throw line. This was particularly impressive considering they did it without the services of the Splash Bros and scoring genius D’Angelo Russell.

Warriors win two straight road games for first time this season

One of the reasons the Warriors record looks so terrible is their horrendous road record (although they’ve been terrible at Chase Center too). They are a league worst 5-22 away from home, a jarring departure from the road Warriors they became during the dynasty. Per Basketball-Reference, Golden State led the league in road wins between the 2015 and 2019 seasons by a comfortable margin.

But in the month of February, the Warriors are starting to recapture that road magic. They secured their first back-to-back road wins of the season in victories over Cleveland and Washington. Check out this EXTREMELY SMALL sample size of brilliant stats the Dubs have put up during their those wins

Per NBA.com:

  • 128 points per game

  • 51.4% field goal percentage

  • 50.8% three-point percentage

  • 35 assists per game

  • 9.5 steals

  • 8.0 blocks

  • 124.9 offensive rating

  • 111.7 defensive rating

Hey! Is that an Eric Paschall double-double?

Trade deadline emotions

Last night’s scoring binge was a team effort with six Dubs scoring in double-figures. They were led by reserve Alec Burks (30 points on 9-of-17 shooting, 5-of-10 from downtown) and starter Glenn Robinson III (22 points on 8-of-13 shooting, 2-of-4 from deep).

With the trade deadline looming in two days, there’s a strong chance that both of those guys could be moved to a contender thirsty for a helpful piece. It’s bittersweet watching those guys ball out knowing full well that each bucket they score is only making them look more appealing to other GM’s.

Okay, maybe it’s not bittersweet for everybody.

Speaking of trades, former-Spur-turned-Wizard Davis Bertrans was lasering in three-pointers all night. If there’s ever a time in the near future that the Dubs can get their hands on him, COUNT ME IN.

And last but not least, let’s give a toast to Washington guard Bradley Beal. 43 points on 15-of-30 shooting from the field, with 6 assists, and the only positive plus/minus amongst his starting teammates.

Who knows? Maybe a few years down the road Beal will recognize he needs to join up as a sixth man with a proven winner and becomes assimilated into the Golden Empire. It’s worked for others…