Blueprint for Beating the Golden State Warriors in the 2013 NBA Playoffs

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Blueprint for Beating the Golden State Warriors in the 2013 NBA Playoffs
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By no means have the Golden State Warriors clinched the NBA playoffs.

They are in good shape, possessing a four-game lead over Utah for ninth place and a 97 percent chance at a postseason berth accoring to Hollinger's Playoff Odds.

Still, nothing is guaranteed.

That doesn't mean that, as writers and fans, we will refrain from speculation. We love to analyze our teams, and sports is always about the potentially bright future that lies ahead.

Or, in this case, the potentially dark future.

The Warriors have been very good—great at times—in 2012-13. That doesn't mean they are without their weaknesses, though. 

As someone who can recite to you every Warriors game and outcome from their 87-85 opening-day squeaker of a win in Phoenix to their 104-93 loss on March 21 to San Antonio, I should know.

Here are four things that any Warriors first-round opponent should do if they want to hold seed and move on.

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