The Golden State Warriors are suffering from a massive case of self-inflicted wounds. Can they overcome their flaws in the second half of the season and solidify themselves as title favorites.
A 20+ point collapse to the Dallas Mavericks says everything you need to know about this team’s troubles. As good as they are, the Dubs can’t seem to get out of their own way at times. A number of ongoing trends led to this blown lead.
The Golden State Warriors have been holding themselves back all season. What is it going to take for them to snap into place?
Pick your poison. Ill-advised rotations by Steve Kerr — such as subbing out Stephen Curry late in the fourth when Dallas was rolling — or the overreliance on Curry to create in the fourth, to begin with.
However, the Warriors’ issues go deeper than occasionally needing Curry to bail them out. They’re inconsistent, at least by the standards of a team that should be in a position to win a championship.
There is no excuse for the random cold spells that plague the Dubs. They simply can not afford to give up 19-0 runs at this point in the season, not if they want to accomplish their ultimate goal.
While most other teams in this predicament would have more than enough reason for panic, Golden State should feel relatively calm at the moment. That’s because reinforcements are on the way.
It sounds like a safe bet to assume Draymond Green’s return will patch up some of the massive holes in this sinking ship that has lost five of its last seven games. Green elevates them on both sides of the ball and can guide them through tough times.
The same goes for Klay Thompson, who has officially returned from consecutive season-ending injuries but is still playing with a leash on him… for now. Once Thompson, Green and Curry are in full stride, things will get much easier for Golden State.
The main question is when will this happen? How much longer can the Dubs tread in murky water before they run out of time to pull themselves out? Green’s return should be soon — and Thompson appears to be making gradual progress.
All we can hope is that the Dubs find a way to get back on track before the playoffs begin. Peaking at precisely the right moment is crucial in this league and I don’t think we have seen the Dubs reach their pinnacle just yet this season.