Biggest X-Factors for Golden State Warriors' Playoff Success

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Biggest X-Factors for Golden State Warriors' Playoff Success
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After playing tremendous basketball for over half of the 2012-13 season, the Golden State Warriors found themselves sitting at 30-17, good for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference.

Since, they've gone 6-12, and have fallen as low as the No. 7 spot. Currently they sit at No. 6, but there is clearly a sense of urgency as the playoffs no longer seem to be a guarantee.

Having said that, this season still has possibilities.

Sure, the Warriors are a poor stretch run away from missing the playoffs entirely, but they are also a strong stretch run away from facing the tough but beatable Los Angeles Clippers or Memphis Grizzlies in the first round.

A mere playoff appearance is still the Warriors' top priority, as an NBA title or even Conference Championship is incredibly far-fetched. Still, a Round 1 upset would make the season a sweeping success.

That will only be possible if the following X-factor players step up down the stretch and in the playoffs.

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