About a week ago, the Warriors were four games down in the loss column to becoming a .500 team. In addition, they had won four-in-a-row. What a difference a week makes. Now, they've lost four-in-a-row and the loss to the Bobcats was so-o-o-o-o ugly. The Warriors are 19 - 27 and EIGHT games out of .500. It looks insurmountable when you play like the way the Warriors did against the Bobs. Against the Bobcats, the Warriors won in almost every offensive category except for the final score.
I'm not sure its about the Warriors lacking talent to get to the playoff level since they have an all-star in Monta Ellis (he should be selected this year) and a former all-star in David Lee. Maybe you can say Ellis, Lee and another potential star in Stephen Curry don't mesh well together, but I don't think the team has played enough together to say that.
The Warriors need help with interior defense, but I think they also need another player, preferably a big body who can go inside and score as well as get to the line. If he can clog the middle and play defense, then so much the better. For example, if we had Ama're Stoudemire instead of David Lee, then we would be a lot better to accomplish this and have an inside outside game and someone to go to when the shots aren't falling from outside. A DeMarcus Cousins in the draft would have done this, too.
More importantly, the current team has to take care of the ball better on offense. The Warriors had that sequence against the Bobs where they got three offensive boards and weren't able to convert because of an errant pass. Or they had a chance to take the winning shot, but never were able to get it off. I'm not sure if its the coaching or players still not playing well with each other. It could be they were tired, but it looked like both teams had sloppy plays and a coach could call a full time out for that. Another sloppy play was Reggie not going to the rack when he had a lane and tried for an extra pass and turnover. These kinds of mistakes keep happening. This is a new team we have, so we have to be patient until the players get familiar with each other. I guess you can put some of it on Smart's rotations, too. It's part coaching and part lack of continuity.
The trade deadline is less than a month away, so addressing some of our needs could get us someone who can help. Until then, the Warriors have to start putting wins together again. Being eight games down in the loss column to .500 looks insurmountable, so they have to really focus on playing the game and hopefully winning one game at-a-time. The heat must be ratcheted up really high right now for Keith Smart and Larry Riley has to get us some help.