The Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last night 121-106 to improve to 55-5 on the season. In the win, the team picked up its 44th consecutive victory at Oracle Arena, tying the ’95-95 Bulls record for most consecutive home wins. The team’s season has been an historic one full of records and exhilarating moments.
With that said, their radio play by play man, Tim Roye, just might have the best job in all of sports broadcasting as he gets a front row seat night in and night out as the team chases history.
“I’d be hard pressed to find someone that gets to watch what I’m watching every night, and having as much fun as we get to have every night,” said Roye on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “It’s absolutely insane. They’re 55-5. And with Curry doing what he’s doing. It’s absolutely crazy.”
“My favorite part, has to be the fact that, the joy that they have in playing. And the fact that they love being together, they love playing the game and the fact that they’re playing the game the right way,” said Roye. “That they’re doing it with fun, they’re sharing the ball, they’re playing defense. The defense has slipped a little bit lately but not to the point where it’s going to be an issue I don’t think. They’re just having a blast playing basketball the way it was meant to be.”
For all of the fun that the team is having and all of the records that they are breaking, they’re still just 3.5 games up on the San Antonio Spurs, who at 52-9, are having one of their best seasons ever. The two teams have only met once so far, a 30 point blowout by the Warriors 120-90, though San Antonio was without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili in that game. As the teams prepare to meet three more times over the course of the next month, what does Roye remember from that first match-up?
“I remember that Duncan wasn’t there, but I remember that the Warriors really wanted to make a statement on their home floor,” said Roye. “I thought Draymond played a great game against LaMarcus Aldridge, but it’s really, how crazy is this? The Warriors are 55-5, it’s the best 60 game stretch to start a season in NBA history and their reward for that is a 3.5 game lead. It’s just ridiculous.”
The next game between the two is slated for Saturday March 19, in prime-time at 8:30 pm ET. Roye thinks that may be the biggest of the three remaining.
“I think the March game is the big one, the Warriors play in Dallas the night before so they’re on a back-to-back. That’s not going to help,” said Roye. “But, Dallas, San Antonio back-to-back is not an extreme one. The other two games are still very much up in the air as to what kind of games those are going to be because the Warriors play home against San Antonio, at Memphis, at San Antonio again playing the Spurs in the back-end of a back-to-back then coming home for Memphis. Those are their final four games.”
“My though process is that if the Spurs and Warriors are locked into their places at that point, there could be a lot of resting going on in those games,” said Roye. “So, we may not learn as much from those games. This one in March I think is going to be a real interesting contest. I think it’s going to be a must-see, must-listen game.”