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OK, the worst of the worst is if they flat-out miss the playoffs, but right behind that is facing either the Spurs or the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round.
If the Warriors' goal at the start of the season was just to make the playoffs and that happens, mission accomplished.
But what kind of taste is this season going to leave if they get swept in the first round?
Yes, the Western Conference is loaded, but how much better did the Warriors actually get by simply making it to the postseason?
How excited should you be if solely making the playoffs just meant that the Warriors beat out the Utah Jazz, who are in a bigger tailspin than they are? Or if they simply finish ahead of the Portland Trailblazers, who currently have nine road wins? Or even beat out the Dallas Mavericks, who have played most of the season without their superstar Dirk Nowitzki and with Darren Collison at point guard?
Making the playoffs would be nice, but it would be even better to perform well on a nationally televised stage. The Warriors really need to get things in gear right now and avoid any potential disaster. If they don't, the next set of "We Believe" t-shirts should come with a question mark.