Golden State Warriors: What Saturday's Win over the Nuggets Means

Nikhil DilipCorrespondent IIIApril 8, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 10:  Brandon Rush #4 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after shooting, but missing, a three point basket against the Miami Heat at Oracle Arena on January 10, 2012 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Before Saturday's game against the Nuggets, the Warriors had lost seven of eight games, their only win coming by three points against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Since the Monta Ellis/Andrew Bogut trade, the Warriors haven't played nearly as well, and with a starting lineup sporting three rookies (two of whom were drafted in the second round), the team has been able to develop its young players.

I don't intend to make the game seem any more significant than it is, but the Warriors looked pretty impressive. They were playing in a nationally televised game against a playoff team, and showed the country just how good they are.

No one player scored the majority of the points. Earlier this year, wins over playoff teams like Denver would often see Monta Ellis scoring 30-plus points with few other players in double figures. This game was different — it was a complete team effort.

With 20 points off the bench, Brandon Rush was the leading scorer for the team, showing Larry Riley and Joe Lacob exactly why they traded for him and why they should re-sign him after the season. The team had seven players in double figures, yet only Brandon Rush took more than 15 shots.

Jeremy Tyler has also impressed as of late. He posted 10 points and eight boards today after scoring 14 points to go along with five rebounds Friday against Utah.

If Rush and Tyler can contribute at a similar level next year, there's no question the Golden State Warriors will be a team to fear in the West.