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Defense and rebounding … that’s what it all boils down to. The difference between Warriors teams of the recent past and the 2012-13 squad falls mainly on those two fundamentals. Sure there are other factors – Stephen Curry is healthy, David Lee has improved his shot and the team is overall deeper than it has been in quite some time – but defense and rebounding reign supreme when trying to identify the root cause of the Warriors’ improvement from a season ago.

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