It seems unanimous around the Internet that the Warriors are only as good as the people they have beaten. Clearly, there is no random major media source out there with a pro-Warriors-bias that is willing to shoot them into the mid-teens, basically playoff position. 18-22 generally where they stand. Looks like SB Nation and the rest of the Internet see things similarly. Here’s what a few week 11 Power Rankings had to say about the Warriors:
18 – Buyout buyers or sellers? Sellers. A candidate to go: Radmanovic. His recent play has made him a trade possibility. One way or another, he’s got to go.
20 – No team has played more road games than Golden State’s 22. And the Dubs — as healthy as they’ve been in ages — have 17 of the next 20 games at home. Doubt that’ll spark another “We Believe” campaign, but it’s a start.
22 – The Warriors are loaded with home games in January and are 4.5 games out of the last playoff spot in the West. If it’s going to happen it’s going to happen now.
But will the Warriors make the most out of these precious slew of home wins? Is being healthy together, finally, really all that its going to take? From the looks of it, several of the Warriors are going to need to start getting on that P90x (or the Slendertone at the very least) if they’re going to be able to play some defense. Whether it’s Stephen Curry, David Lee or Andris Biedrins, they have all looked over matched against top tier and lower tiered teams that have athletic and bigger opponents those positions (see DeAndre Jordan).