Steve Kerr and Klay Thompson both spoke with confidence about the Golden State Warriors’ prospects this season after they recorded a big win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Golden State won 127-104 on Wednesday for its second-largest victory of the NBA season.
The Warriors have now won four in five, helped by Draymond Green returning from suspension last month, with the only loss in that span being a double overtime defeat against the Atlanta Hawks, in which Stephen Curry poured in 60 points.
Despite that improvement, Kerr’s squad remain outside the playoff standings and have been subject to huge trade speculation ahead of Thursday’s deadline.
But Kerr was optimistic and watched his side move to 23-25 with a road win against a 76ers team struggling without Joel Embiid.
"If we don't do anything [before the deadline], I feel like we have got a good group that we can push through with," Kerr said, per ESPN.
"The guys who are here, they are an incredibly accomplished group and we have got some exciting young players.
"Every guy on our team has really overcome a lot, individually, this year. Taken out of the starting lineup, to injuries, young players have emerged through hard work and patience.
"I enjoy coaching this team. It is a long haul, but I feel like this team could be something special."
Andrew Wiggins had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Warriors to victory.
Jonathan Kuminga scored 18 points and Thompson also had 18 two nights after being benched for the final seven minutes against the Brooklyn Nets. The four-time NBA champion has been mentioned in trade talk but wants to stay with the Warriors, as does Wiggins.
"You see Steph Curry, you see Draymond," Thompson said. "Go home and check our playoff record of our trio.
"We are champions and I believe [in us]. It is a long season and I will always believe we can always make a run, especially when we are all suited up.
"That is correct [that I want to stay with the Warriors]. I don't partake in NBA discourse. I think it's such a waste of energy.
"At the end of the day, whether I'm wearing a Dubs uniform or another uniform, I'm going to be myself. I'm going to be KT."
Wiggins added: "I love it here – the organization, the coaches, all of my teammates.
"I feel like we've been finding something good and it's been working for us. As long everyone buys into what we've got going on and always makes it about the team, we'll be good."
The Warriors are back in action on the road against the Indiana Pacers (29-23) on Thursday.