Entering the season, many analysts called the Golden State Warriors possible dark horse NBA title contenders. However, despite being 10 games above .500, they are struggling to hold on to one of the final spots in the Western Conference playoffs. The most recent playoff standings has the Warriors sitting in the seventh spot out West, and they are just a 1.5 games half better than the charging ninth-place Memphis Grizzlies.
Golden State attempted to improve their positioning against the Sacramento Kings and came out with a slim 101-92 victory. The win was just the seventh in the past 15 games for this Warriors squad. David Lee was the top scorer for the Warriors as he finished with 23 points to go along with 11 rebounds. All-Star Stephen Curry had a quiet evening with just 13 points and eight dimes.
With the incredible level of play that we’ve seen out of the West this year, it’ll be hard-pressed for Golden State to climb up any higher than the sixth seed. Behind Curry, this team doesn’t have a true backup point guard. Jordan Crawford has shown signs of productivity, but he’s more accustomed to playing the two.
The recently-announced acquisition of Steve Blake will add a nice source of depth to the position that could go a long way in further solidifying a spot in the playoffs; however, Golden State will just have to take it one game at a time. They are 1-0 after the All-Star break and will simply have to build from there.