The State of Golden State: Which Warriors Team Will We See in 2013 NBA Playoffs?

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April 09, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) after scoring a three point basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-89 to clinch a playoff berth. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State is 45-35, but the team started out looking as though they could potentially be far better than the place they’ve come to rest. The Warriors are slated to face San Antonio if the playoffs began today, and the fact that the Warriors are 18-22 on the road has to concern head coach Mark Jackson. San Antonio is the third-best home team in the league, with just five losses.

Moreover, Gregg Popovich has both the personnel and schematics to control Stephen Curry and put the clamps on him. Pop could potentially use 6’7″ swingman Kawhi Leonard on Curry at times to make it more difficult for the Davidson product to get free for his lightning quick jumpers.

Curry was one of the biggest snubs for the All-Star team in either conference this year, but his time for those events will come. The West is stacked at the guard positions right now, and the only player he could have potentially made it over was Tony Parker. Given Parker’s legendary stature in the league, and respect among the coaches, that’s just not going to happen.

The passing of the guard will happen for both Curry and the Warriors. They’re a team on the rise, and if they are ever able to get their entire team healthy at the same time, they could be even more dangerous.

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