Matt Moore realizes it’s a ludicrous statement. He realizes people will think he’s insane. But he can’t help it. He thinks what he thinks.
The CBSSports.com NBA writer, when asked when the Golden State Warriors (23-0) would lose, was as honest as he could be.
“Undefeated is on the table,” Moore said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I am not kidding. I am 100 percent dead serious. I’m not trying to get attention. I am 100 percent serious. They can stagger rest, they can beat the Sixers without three of their starters, they are so good in so many areas, and they are fortunate in that when they need something to happen – like Brook Lopez blowing a lay-up – it happens. I’m not saying it’s going to happen. I’m not saying it’s likely. I wouldn’t bet a penny on it. I’m saying it’s on the table.”
Steph Curry has said this year’s Warriors is better than last year’s Warriors team. Moore agrees. He thinks Golden State has better chemistry and is more locked-in at this point of the season.
“They’re actually more motivated, which is a very rare for a championship team,” Moore said. “Usually there’s a sense of self-satisfaction and kind of boredom with the regular season. Instead, they’ve internalized all of the motivations they took from the summer from the lucky talk to the idea that they were fortunate to play against teams that were injured, they didn’t have to play the Clippers or that they couldn’t repeat what they did. That’s motivated them even further.”
It also helps that 11 Warriors are averaging at least 10 minutes per game. That includes Leandro Barbosa, who was out of the league as recently as 2014, and Marreese Speights, who was once considered a bust.
“They just simply have guy after guy,” Moore said. “You can’t look at that roster and the way that they play when they’re on the court together – there is no one you point to and say, ‘That guy is not good.’ Everyone looks good when they’re in a Warriors uniform right now.”
Especially Curry, who leads the league with 32.2 points per game and is shooting 46.5 percent from three-point range.
“Steph Curry is unlike anything we’ve ever seen from a shooting standpoint,” Moore said. “There is simply no way to describe him at this point. We are out of words.”