Kurtenbach: Four lessons from the Warriors’ four-win homestand

The Warriors are back in this thing.

There have been plenty of downs for the Warriors in the first three weeks of the NBA season, but over the last seven games — all at Chase Center — Golden State provided some serious ups, too.

So as the team heads back out onto the road to take on three formidable opponents (fingers crossed), it seemed as good a time as ever to take stock in where the Warriors stand.

Here are the four big things we learned during the Dubs’ winning homestand:

This is a second-tier team
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) 

And that’s a compliment!

Given the way this team started the season, such a status was hardly a given. Remember: going into this homestead, the notion of three wins in seven games felt like a win.

So four wins and two really close losses is a rousing success for a team that looked lost early in the season.

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I don’t spend much time with power rankings, but I do know that the Warriors moved up in many over the last two weeks, and for good reason.

The Warriors aren’t anywhere near the level they once were, but they showed the entire league over the last 10-or-so days that they are a team capable of playing with the non-elite teams of the NBA. Forget the Lakers, the Bucks, and maybe the Nets, for now — it’ll take months for the Warriors to round into a form that can go toe-to-toe with those teams at full strength.

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But this is not a play-in tournament team. No, sir. It’d take something bad happening to convince me that the Warriors aren’t markedly better than the Blazers and the Kings, two teams they beat on this homestead.

And the Warriors can go toe-to-toe with rock-solid, no-doubt playoff teams like the Clippers, Pacers, and Raptors.

No, the Warriors didn’t pull out every game — the loss to the Pacers on Tuesday was particularly disheartening — but the team went into the fourth quarter of the seventh and final game of the homestead with a chance to win five of ’em and move to No. 2 in the Western Conference standings.

It’s early days, no doubt, but given how much gelling the Warriors still need to do — how much more room they have to grow — that success is telling.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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