is the record that the '06 - '07 Warriors team had 61 games into the season. It seemed as if the Warriors were not going to the playoffs for the 14th straight season, and in an interview after an 83 - 113 loss against the Chicago Bulls, Don Nelson said, "I thought I could get this team in the playoffs and it looks like I'm not going to be able to do it..... I feel like I've failed." After the embarrassing loss the Warriors would lose 2 more games against the Knicks and the Wizards, adding more grief to the Warriors organization, and its loyal fan-base. The Warriors would go 16 - 5 in their last 21 games, ending the season with a 120 - 98 win against the Portland Trailblazers.
Four years later, and this Golden State team is sitting on a 26 - 32 record, currently on a 3 game losing streak, and is starting to lose the faith from a lot of its fans. With 23 games left in the season (14 on the road) here are my keys to the rest of the season:
#1: Get Andris more open looks
If the Dubs want more production from their starting center, try setting him a screen every once in a while, get him an open look, it'll surly boost his confidence. More playing time from Smart wouldn't hurt either.
#2: Bench needs to step up
Reggie Williams and maybe Vlad can't be the only people off the bench giving the Warriors quality minutes. Lou Amundson, Ekpe Udoh, Charlie Bell, and Acie Law, has to step their game up to the best of their abilities.
#3: Smart needs to trust his rookies:
Jeremy Lin has clearly earned more playing time than Acie Law, but Smart doesn't see it that way. Also, you can't expect Jeff Adrien to get comfortable with 0 PT since the re-signing.
#4: Curry needs to handle the ball 100% of the time he's on the court/Monta needs to play off the ball
Curry as the ball handler would make everyone on the floor more productive, when Monta's dribbling the ball, everyone just stands around watching him, as if they don't want to get in his way. Playing Monta off the ball would play to his strengths: moving without the ball, with quickness to get to the rim.
#5: Everyone needs to be on the same page at all times
We can't just have one or two players having a good game every game, with everyone else not playing well. Everyone needs to play their absolute best for the rest of the season.
Rest of the schedule:
* = winnable games
** = stretch win (maybe)
That would put us at 42 - 40. That mark we had in 06-07.
Do you think that's enough to make the playoffs?