Warriors Fall After 2 Game Losing Streak - Weekly Power Ranking Roundup 1/20/2014

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Results Since last Rankings Win/Loss Score
vs. Denver L 116-123
@ Oklahoma City L 121-127
@ New Orleans W 97-87
Total 1-2 -1

Ranking Author Rank Comment Marc Stein 5 (-3) Excellent "something's gotta give" matchup in Oakland on MLK Day when the Pacers (tied with Miami at a league-best 10-2 against the Western Conference and allowing West teams just 92.5 points per game) visit the Dubs (10-2 and unbeaten at home against the Eastern Conference). Marc Spears 6 (-3) New Warriors combo guard Jordan Crawford has averaged nine points and 1.5 assists in 14.2 minutes per game in two contests.
CBS Sports Matt Moore 4 (-2) They actually have had fewer injury issues than a lot of teams, making #fullsquad -- David Lee's catch phrase that has taken off on Twitter -- look silly. At full strength and engaged, this team looks like it could be among the best in the West. All this, and Stephen Curry's shot has been off. Golden State is legit.
Pro Basketball Talk Kurt Helin 7 (-4) On PBT Extra's Warriors insider Monte Poole said to consider the Jordan Crawford trade the first move by Golden State, not the only one. They love their starting five but need depth. Stephen Curry has played more minutes than any other point guard in the league. John Schuhmann 6 (-4) After losses to the Nuggets and Thunder (in which they allowed 250 points) last week, the Warriors are 6-13 against fellow West teams over .500, the worst mark among the group. Two of them - the Blazers and Clippers - will visit during a five-game homestand that begins Monday. In his first two games, Jordan Crawford kept the offense afloat with Stephen Curry on the bench, shooting 7-for-10. David Aldridge 7 (-2) You get the feeling the Warriors may not be done dealing before the deadline, that they're not going to just settle for Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks.
SB Nation Jason Patt 7 (-1) The Warriors' defense hit a rough patch this past week, giving up 250 points total in losses to the Nuggets and Thunder. Golden State did get back on the right track against the scuffling Pelicans, giving up just 87 points in a victory.
Sheridan Hoops Andrew Kamenetsky 7 (-1) The Dubs remain a consensus dark horse championship contender, but this excellent breakdown from Grantland's Zach Lowe illustrates how it's not such a farfetched notion. Matt Dollinger 6 (-3) The Warriors are just 5-6 when Andre Iguodala scores seven points or fewer and 16-3 when he scores at least eight. As good as its backcourt is, Golden State is at its most potent when it spreads the love and attacks teams from all angles.
USA Today 7 (-1) Sometimes, you play Kevin Durant. Sometimes, he scores 54 points on 28 shots. Things happen.
Average 6.2 (-2.7) @gswhoops

Offensive Efficiency Defensive Efficiency NetRtg RPI Point Differential Hollinger Score and Rank
This Week 104 (12) 99.6(5) 4.4(8) .537 (T-8) +4.5(8, 6 in West) 105.841 (5)
Last Week 103.5 (13) 98.5 (4) 4.9 (8) .539 (8) +4.9 (7, 5 in West) 106.987 (4)

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