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The Consensus has Golden State dropping a bit, though holding onto a top-10 ranking. Given the results so far this month, the perception could have been much, much worse. What could have been a slide down a slippery slope hasn't materialized - yet.
It's a rough stretch for the Warriors. Between ankles and opponents, Golden State has appeared out of sync more often than not since the first of the year. The good news is that they've still pulled off the wins they are "supposed" to have won, and haven't gone into complete freefall at the first sign of adversity since mid-November. It's also good news that Stephen Curry's latest ankle tweak was just that - a tweak. And the knee tweak. Hopefully, David Lee's ankle tweak is also just a tweak.
The bad news is that the schedule doesn't get a lot easier. Nine of the next 14 games are on the road, and the home games are include Houston and OKC. The road games also include Houston and OKC, as well as Memphis and the Bulls. It's a brutal stretch leading up to the All-Star break, and will challenge the Dubs at least as much as January already has.
Still, the Warriors are well into the playoff mix with almost half the season gone. It's been a good run so far, and we can look forward to more excellent basketball in the Bay Area .
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