The Golden State Warriors, after winning four games in a row, have lost their last four contests. At this time of year, a few losses in a row have been known to spark a knee-jerk trade deadline move.
I think this team is fine as is. After all, none of those four losses were one the road.
They gave up 140 points to the Houston Rockets. Not shocking.
Then, they got blown out at the Oklahoma City Thunder. Again, not mind boggling.
The game at the Memphis Grizzlies, a team that had won 7 in a row against them, was surprising. You'd think it was time to end that streak. The loss resulted in a season sweep (and 8 straight losses to the Grizz, overall).
Then we have the Dallas Mavericks game. Surely this team would bounce back against the worst team of the roadtrip. Well, they didn't. The Warriors got blown out, 116-91. Ouch.
Though it's been a rough stretch lately, there are reasons for it. The in and out playing schedule of Andrew Bogut does affect this young group. He's the team's starting center and the backbone of their defense. His presence, and lack thereof, upsets the chemistry of this group. Then we have the ankle of Stephen Curry. He's been bothered by his it since the re-injury at Toronto. Despite Steph's 32 points at Memphis, it's still somewhat of a dark cloud over this locker room. Lastly, Jarrett Jack has been out since Wednesday. He is the team's 4th quarter MVP, to the point where a novice would think he is their All-Star based on key possessions late.
There is enough on this roster to stem the tide and turn things around. A youngster like guard Kent Bazemore is getting better and better every day. Through the recent rough stretch, he's emerging as a legitimate rotation player, ahead of schedule in the eyes of management. Speaking of rookies, it's that time of year...the rookie wall. Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, and Festus Ezeli will surely get better as the postseason approaches.
Getting out of the first round of the playoffs will likely be all about homecourt advantage. Golden State needs to focus on getting back up to the 4th spot (currently Denver's).
The Warriors have a few days off to lick their wounds before facing the Rockets, again.
Hopefully GM Bob Meyers doesn't make any panic phone calls to other teams. His roster is just fine.
This group just needs to look to within and trust in the identity that coach Mark Jackson has created.
As coach said recently: "We're not going to overreact.....because we know who we are."