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Midseason Report Cards
Golden State
Stats Through Jan. 20
W-L 26-17
PCT .605
DIV 6-3
CONF 16-14
HOME 12-6
ROAD 14-11
With everyone finally healthy -- Andrew Bogut from past seasons, David Lee from NBA Playoffs 2013, Andre Iguodala from early 2013-14 -- the Warriors have one of the best sets in the game.
Stephen Curry had his breakout last season, especially in the playoffs, and has lived up to the new expectations in 2013-14. Klay Thompson defends and has improved his shooting percentage.
Reputations die hard, but if top-five in shooting defense and overall defensive rating doesn't change the perception of why the Warriors win, nothing will. Defensive rebounding is a problem, though.
The big setback. A strength a season ago has become an area of concern, with Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry gone and Festus Ezeli injured. Golden State needs more production.
Mark Jackson urging calm with the Warriors at 14-13, and being proven right, is a reminder of a coach in charge. A team executing on both ends isn't so bad either.

The Warriors of the first half have every bit as compelling as they seemed coming into the season, only for different reasons. In the top half of the West playoff standings, and a fun watch led by Curry, there are still so many invitations for trouble. If this is all they can squeeze from the bench, if this turnover problem follows them into the playoffs, they will also be must-see TV for the potential to be derailed early.

For now, Golden State is right where it should be, and there is a lot to be said for that in a season of early injuries. That is a very good starting lineup that defends, with Bogut, Iguodala and Thompson as standouts, and plays unselfish and puts up big numbers on offense.

--Scott Howard-Cooper

2013-14 Team Rating
Offense Defense
103.8 99.7
13th Overall 5th Overall