Coming into the 2013-14 season, expectations for the Golden State Warriors were sky-high. After their magical run in the 2013 playoffs, in which they upset the third-seeded Denver Nuggets and captured the hearts of basketball fans around the country, the front office approached the offseason with an aggressive mindset, dumping the salaries of Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson to clear room for one of the biggest free agency splashes in franchise history in Andre Iguodala. With Iggy expected to be the final piece to the puzzle, national expectations for the Warriors involved reaching the conference finals, and even (gasp!) contending for a title.
Entering the 2014 All-Star break, it is fair to see the Dubs have underachieved so far this season. While a 31-22 record would seem fantastic in comparison to recent seasons, that record simply doesn’t cut it for a team with this much talent. Inconsistency. That is the word that sums up the Warriors season. The Dubs have shown the potential to be one of the best teams in the league. They have proven capable of beating quality teams such as the Thunder, Heat, Trail Blazers, Clippers, Bulls, Suns, and Mavericks. However, they have also lost to the likes of the Wizards, Bobcats (twice, Spurs sans the Big Three, T-Wolves, and Nuggets. While this inconsistency is to be expected from a young, contending team, it also means we don’t know what to expect come playoff time.
So what can we expect from the post-All-Star-break Warriors?