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When will the Golden State Warriors undefeated streak end?

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No team in NBA history had ever started a league season winning more than 15 straight games until last week.

The league's reigning champions, the Golden State Warriors, have returned from their victorious campaign hungry for even more and have blown past that mark, opening with a record-breaking 19-0 start.

Usually, championship winning teams are afforded some to relax and get back into a groove without the pressure of needing early-season wins, the Warriors, however, returned infuriated after a summer of hearing criticism about how they were 'lucky' last season came from people around the league.

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Getting even better

Last season's Warriors finished the regular season with a 67-15, the joint-sixth best record of all time with Steph Curry winning the league's most valuable player in the process.

Winning a championship seems to have transformed this team into an even bigger animal and makes it look like calling them lucky was just poking that animal with a stick, enraging it more.

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Curry's game is escalating at such a rate that he is now regarded as the best player in the world, but it is not just him, everyone in their extremely strong squad appears to have gone up a level.

The death line-up

Ironically, in the NBA Finals, Golden State learnt that they could be better than they had already been when going to the small ball with a lineup of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes. 

When that line-up has been utilised by interim head coach Luke Walton at the end of close games (although most of Golden State's games don't get that close), it has been so destructive that some NBA reporters have begun to call it 'the death line-up'.

Together they are virtually unguardable as all five can shoot extremely well from behind the three-point line, and on defense they are able to switch so quickly due to the speed of the players.

However, this may have hit a bump in the road as Barnes has missed the last two games and is likely to miss at least another two or three on Golden's State seven-game road trip, with six of those games remaining.

When will they lose?

As Golden State are the clear best team in the league they will always be favoured, and there are only a few teams that can come close to matching them, the first of which would be the Cleveland Cavaliers, who they face at home on Christmas Day.

But to meet the Cavaliers unbeaten, the Warriors would still have to win another nine straight games.

Golden State are so superior that for them to lose to someone that is not near the same level they are, it will not be a case of the other team winning the match, it will be them losing it themselves, and it will come.

One night, Curry will be off, the three-point shots will not be falling, they will turn the ball over one too many times or suffer an injury.

As much as I would like to say the streak could make it into the New Year (which would be 32-0), it is highly implausible, and if they are to drop a game soon I would not be surprised if it was away to Toronto or Indiana during this road-trip, as they are both competent teams who could capitalise on a weaker performance.

What should be noted, though, is that if the Warriors do come out of this road trip unscathed at 25-0, Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls team will most certainly start sweating over their NBA record 72-10 regular season.

With Curry, it is not out of the realm of possibility. Very little is.

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