The offense is clicking, but the defense is faltering.
The Golden State Warriors have now scored more than 100 points in eight straight games and are coming off an 130 point offensive performance against a perplexing Minnesota Timberwolves team. But the defensive has suffered of late giving up a gaudy 117 points in their overtime loss to Portland and 120 to the Wolves.
And while the offense may be able to maintain such a clip, the defense does not look like it will return its early season form.
The playoffs have not even begun, but the Warriors already know that they will have an uphill battle if they want to reach the second round of the postseason. Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely with a fractured right rib. Bogut said that he has done enough research and spoken to enough doctors that he does not plan on coming back until the rib heals, which typically takes at least six weeks. The Warriors may not be playing for more than two weeks if he does not return any sooner.
Small forward Andre Iguodala sat out Monday night’s win with right knee tendinitis. David Lee is playing with a nerve injury in his right hamstring and back. Jermaine O’Neal has been dealing with injuries to both his wrist and knees.
Without Bogut, the Warriors lack any interior defender and will have to resort to winning games 130-120 and not 85-80.
And while the Warriors have been playing good basketball of late, it is also a bit worrisome that they are relying so heavily on second year forward Draymond Green. With all the Dubs recent injury woes, Green has seen an increase in minutes. He’s averaging 31.1 minutes per game in April up from 25.0 in March, but his increase in minutes has not translated to increased production.
With the Dubs set to face off against their division foes, the Warriors roster is spending too much time on the trainers table then on the floor which does not bode well for their possible postseason run.