Why Warriors boast best net rating over last nine games

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Drew Shiller
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Several reasons Dubs have best net rating over last nine games originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Warriors have won seven of their last nine games, and boast the best net rating in the NBA over that span.

Pretty shocking, right?

Well actually, it's not very surprising at all.

One of the main reasons for this is because the scheduled softened in a big way.

The Warriors during this stretch beat the Houston Rockets by 16 points, the Oklahoma City Thunder by 38 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers by 18 points. Those should have been easy wins, and they were. Mission accomplished.

Now, they definitely deserve a little extra credit for beating the Denver Nuggets by nine points on April 12 and by 21 points last Friday, and for knocking off the Philadelphia 76ers by 11 points early last week.

The improved play also is a result of Steph Curry elevating his game to unprecedented levels. The two-time NBA MVP is averaging 38.8 points, 5.0 assists and 6.2 rebounds the last nine games, while shooting 53.1 percent overall and 49.6 percent from beyond the arc. That's some crazy stuff.

One other variable at play is the knee injury to James Wiseman, which occurred early in the second quarter of the Dubs' win over the Rockets on April 10.

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Yes, the Warriors absolutely were having a difficult time threading the needle of developing Wiseman while also trying to win as many games as possible.

For a variety of reasons, that process experienced many hiccups and roadblocks.

But once the 7-foot rookie was forced to the sideline, the task at hand was simplified.

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"There's no doubt that playing Draymond [Green] at the five -- or playing [Kevon] Looney who has been here for years -- there's just a comfort level because these guys have been together for so long," Steve Kerr said after Golden State's win at Philly. "And I think that comfort level is contributing to just the energy that we're playing with.

"Everybody knows exactly what's coming. That matters. If you can play quicker, you can make quicker decisions when all five guys are on the same page."

So again, this isn't a knock on Wiseman. It's just the truth when you look at all of the circumstances and logistics.

Can the Warriors keep it up? We'll find out Tuesday night when they host Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center.

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