November 10, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors shooting guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the ball against Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried (35, left) during the second overtime at ORACLE Arena. The Nuggets defeated the Warriors 107-101 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Warriors' Next Games are Crucial

The Warriors have now dropped two straight, to two teams that are very questionable. Well, the Nuggets got away with a lucky 2OT win because of missed free throws by Klay Thompson. Mark Jackson tells him that it’s okay, and it happens to every  young guy. Still, the expression on Klay’s face was just pure disappointment in himself for missing two free throws, which he is generally good at. I bet Richard Jefferson is thinking he should have held the ball, maybe he would have made one out of two!

It was a tough loss, but after all, it’s only seven games into the season. The Warriors lie under .500 with a 3-4 record, and they would like to fix that.

Against Atlanta, on Wednesday, the Warriors need to play at the top of their game. If they want to handle Jeff Teague, Josh Smith, and Al Horford, they are going to be in for some trouble. If Andrew Bogut doesn’t come back in time, I think that Festus Ezeli may have a great chance to guard an experienced center, who is at the prime of his career right now in Atlanta.

After that, the Warriors face the scorching hot Timberwolves in Minnesota. If they want to win that game, Curry, Lee, and Thompson must pull through. It’s as simple as that. Curry has to shoot and assist, Thompson has to rebound and score, and Lee has to rebound and score. If each of them does their role, they’re usually an inexorable force.

If the Warriors don’t want to fall out of the chase and end up pulling a 2007-like 17-5 record to finish the season, they will have to step it up early. They are one of those bubble teams competing for the 7th or 8th seed in the Wild West. I think they have what it takes, and just because they got a couple losses doesn’t mean we should be discouraged as fans. With Bogut, and the peak of Thompson, the best is not even close yet. Not even close.

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