The Golden State Warriors fall to 33-25 after a disappointing loss at the Garden against Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. Despite Stephen Curry’s stellar 54 point explosion the Warrior’s weren’t able to hang on. Star forward David Lee did not play against the Knicks due to suspension for a bit of an overreaction in Indiana the night before.
Golden State has not played particularly well their last several games as they are 3-7 in their last ten. Turnovers have killed the Warriors throughout games especially down the stretch when it matters most. Finishing games has been a problem for the Warriors all year and that continues to be an issue.
It doe not get much better for the Warriors as center Andrew Bogut who has been plagued by injuries over the last few seasons is sidelined indefinitely after an MRI revealed a disc protrusion in his back. Bogut has played in just 24 combined games over the last two seasons due to ankle injuries. He missed the opening portion of this season after undergoing microfacture surgery on his left ankle last year.
With Bogut out indefinitely and the sluggish type basketball the Warriors have been playing recently, they can be in for a battle to make the postseason. With 24 games remaining, their schedule certainly does not get easy from here on out.
There are still two consecutive games on the road before this road trip ends – Boston then Philly. The Warriors are in for a battle on Friday playing against a Boston team who has been very hot recently.
Eleven out of their remaining 24 games are against playoff teams and teams that are most definitely in the hunt. Expect some tough physical match ups against Houston, San Antonio, and the LA Lakers as the Warriors will be seeing all three of those teams two more times. Golden State will be hosting New York, Chicago, Utah, and OKC at Oracle Arena in their final stretch as well.
The Warriors should certainly make the playoffs this year, and I believe they will. If they continue the way they’ve been performing expect a likely drop to seventh or eighth seed, which would create a tougher match up in the first round. However they do need to pick up the slack because they still are in danger of not making the playoffs, that is very possible. Nevertheless, I believe they will take one of the eight spots in the West and make their first playoff appearance since 2006-07 and the second since 1994-95.