Warriors Weekly Power Ranking Roundup - 1/6/2014

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Ranking Author Rank Comment Marc Stein 3 (+5) Make it nine straight wins and a gaudy record of 18-3 when the first-choice starting five of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, David Lee and Andrew Bogut are all in uniform. Only OKC can claim to sport a more successful starting five: 17-2 when Russell Westbrook is out there with KD and Co. Marc Spears 6 (+2) The Warriors' nine-game win streak is their longest since they won 10 straight in 1975. Golden State also has winnable games ahead against Milwaukee, Brooklyn, Boston and Denver.
CBS Sports Matt Moore 2 (+4) That loss to the Spurs without the Big 3 flipped a switch in them. They have been a gleaming bullet train of death since then. They might be the best team in the West right now.
Pro Basketball Talk Kurt Helin 3 (+3) Winners of nine in a row, the last five of those on the road. They are doing it with defense thanks to the return of Andre Iguodala — GSW has the third best defense in the NBA over their last five games. Streak could continue with Bucks, Nets and Celtics on the docket this week. John Schuhmann 2 (+4) The Warriors have won nine straight and are 18-3 with both Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala, who does a good Joe Johnson imitation when the game is on the line. Defense has been the biggest key to the winning streak, but the offense tore up Miami's top-10 defense for 123 points on Thursday, thanks to some ridiculous shots from Curry and David Lee's splendid work in the pick-and-roll. David Aldridge 6 (+1) Source says despite reports, Warriors are not making a move for disgruntled Nuggets guard Andre Miller.
SB Nation Jason Patt 6 (+2) It was one hell of a week for the Warriors, who are riding a nine-game winning streak. First, Golden State went into Miami and set the place on fire, knocking down 15 three-pointers in a victory. The next night against the Hawks, the Warriors stormed back from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit and won on another Andre Iguodala buzzer-beater:
Sheridan Hoops Brian Kamenetsky 7 (+2) Lost 7 of 12 without Andre Iguodala, and have gone 10-1 (including nine straight wins) since he returned to the lineup. Just goes to show impact isn’t always about scoring (only one 10+ point game in that span). Matt Dollinger 2 (+6) An argument can be made that the Warriors not only have the best starting lineup in the league but also the best two-way squad when Iguodala is healthy. Golden State is 18-6 with Iguodala, who provides another dimension of defensive prowess. It doesn't hurt that the "defensive stopper" is also hitting 46.1 percent of his three-pointers.
Average 4.1 (+3.2)

Offensive Efficiency Defensive Efficiency RPI Point Differential Hollinger Score & Ranking
103.6 (12) 98.5 (4) .549 (6) +4.8 (6, 4 in West) 107.906 (3)

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