I feel like the next 17 days are going to tell us a lot about this squad, particularly if we have Curry back and healthy.
Friday, Utah at home. No back-to-back game issues. If we beat them, that's the first time we'll have beaten a team without a ready-made excuse ("second half of a back-to-back" "they're the clippers.") Utah is expected by a lot of people to be pretty good. I think they won't be as good as they were last year but still a convincing win might start to put us on people's radar.
Then we have a big road trip. And the thing about that road trip is that only one of those games doesn't look winnable: Chicago on the second night of a back-to-back. If we were going to have any of those games on a back-to-back, that's the one I want, because that's the one I would have most expected us to lose anyway.
But Detroit, Toronto, NY - we have to be able to win some of those games if we want to be a playoff team. And they Detroit and New York at home. 6-2 over that stretch would really put us on the map.
On the other hand, we've got some real question marks. Lee seems to be really struggling without Curry on the floor, and the zone totally discombobulated us. I don't think that happens with Curry, but certainly if I was an opposing coach, this game said to me, "Go to a zone the moment Curry steps off the floor for the rest of the season, until they prove we shouldn't."
I expect Jerry Sloan, at least, to notice that.
On the other hand, if we go 4-4 on this stretch we're not shooting ourselves, but definitely making life difficult. 3-5, 2-6, on the other hand, and we just might be the same ol' Warriors.
All bets are off if Curry is still hurt. With 6 games in 10 days, we'll be running Monta into the ground if we don't have Steph.