5 Questions Golden State Warriors Must Answer to Solidify Contender Status

5 Questions Golden State Warriors Must Answer to Solidify Contender Status

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The Golden State Warriors' inconsistency this season has been baffling. Whenever the Warriors seem to be on their way to taking their game to that next level, there's a drop. It's almost like a coffee crash in the afternoon. However, the level of talent in the office still has the potential get the job done in the playoffs. Here are five questions Stephen Curry and the Warriors must answer before they start dreaming of ticker tape parades.

5. Can Andrew Bogut and David Lee Play Through the Pain?

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5. Can Andrew Bogut and David Lee Play Through the Pain?

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David Lee and Andrew Bogut are too important for the Warriors in the playoffs. Everyone saw how detrimental a loss Lee was last season, so head coach Mark Jackson will need them to make the sacrifice. Otherwise, the Warriors are finished.

4. Can Jordan Crawford Become Jamal Crawford?

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4. Can Jordan Crawford Become Jamal Crawford?

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Crawford has come on of late, scoring 15-plus points in each of the Warriors' last two games. In those games, he's also shot a Jamal Crawford-like 8-of-14 from three-point land. If Crawford can impersonate Jamal Crawford in the playoffs, the Warriors will be too scary.

3. Can the Warriors Stand Up to San Antonio Spurs?

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3. Can the Warriors Stand Up to San Antonio Spurs?

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Aside from one game in which Curry scored 30 points, both Curry and Klay Thompson have been shut down by the Spurs' tenacious defense. The Warriors are winless against San Antonio this season and that will not change if the Warriors' stars don't shine brightly.

2. Can Stephen Curry Not Let All the Praise Gas His Head?

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2. Can Stephen Curry Not Let All the Praise Gas His Head?

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It seems like every time Curry does something amazing in a victory for his team, he focuses more on making the highlight reel shows as opposed to helping his team win. Curry has to stay focused on the prize and get his mind away from all the superficial stuff like Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers has done.

1. Can Andre Iguodala Lead Young Warriors to the Promised Land?

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1. Can Andre Iguodala Lead Young Warriors to the Promised Land?

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The Denver Nuggets lost a tough first-round series in the playoffs last year, but Iguodala was money. He stepped up his game and became a leader on offense, hitting three-point shots like a maniac. He must take charge of this young Warriors team in the playoffs, too.

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