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.