The Golden State Warriors roll, slide and crawl their way into the All-Star Break on the heels of a five-game losing streak. Any other year and that would be a sign of distress and panic for the fan-base and the general manager. With the trade deadline coming up in less than a week, that usually means fire-sale or salary cap relief trades.
But this isn't like those other years. With 52 games now gone and the Warriors heading into the second half, they are in excellent position to earn their first postseason berth in four years. But enough of the background information, no matter how surprising.
There is no quantifiable segment of a season, hence arbitrary endpoints and contrived narratives, but the All-Star Break could not have come at a better time for a team running on fumes and limping towards the first half finish line. With 30 games left on the schedule, the jousting in the playoff seedings become much more important for a team with elevated expectations.
Because they are 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies and two games behind the surging Denver Nuggets, the Warriors may be fighting for the 6-8 seeds in the Western Conference. Facing the potential 1-2 seeds of the San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder is as ideal as getting in the path of LeBron James.
Predictions are usually wrong but with a bit of statistical forecasting, we can qualitatively make our best educated guess on the most significant seven predictions for the Warriors in the second half.