Warriors' Remaining Schedule Will Determine Just How Good They Really Are

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIMarch 4, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27: Mark Jackson of the Golden State Warriors argues a call during the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 27, 2013 in New York City. 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.  The Knicks defeated the Warriors 109-105. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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After blowing a 16-point lead in Philadelphia, the Warriors will come home to Oracle Arena, playing 16 of their final 22 regular season games at home in Oakland.

The loss to the 76ers ended a road trip that was very forgettable for the Warriors, with the exception of Stephen Curry's 54-point explosion in Madison Square Garden, a loss to the New York Knick. 

The Warriors have lost 10 of their last 13 games, but despite their recent struggles, they are still the sixth seed in the Western Conference which would have them in the playoffs if the season were to end today.

The Warriors hold on that sixth seed is slipping as teams like the Utah Jazz are closing in on the Warriors as the season winds down.

A return to the Bay Area should be a boost to the team, as they will be back in front of the home crowd for all but six of the remaining games in the season.  But the fans aren't the ones who have to play defense, control the ball and make baskets. Ultimately, the players themselves must put an end to this skid.

The Warriors 3-10 stretch should not be attributed to venues in which the Warriors are playing. Rather, it is the team's low level of play that should be the focus. As for losing on the road, fatigue can be a factor, but it can't be a go-to excuse for losing road games, especially considering the Warriors' success on the road earlier this season.

Some of the losses on the recent road trip can be blamed on poor officiating, such as the Pacers game, but the good teams don't hide behind referees calls; they win despite poor officiating.

That said, the Warriors are out of excuses, as the remaining schedule favors them heavilly. The Warriors, with the remaining schedule, have a chance to not only solidify their playoff status, but to move up in the standings as well.  

Good teams capitalize on this type of schedule down the stretch to take one of the top seeds.