Key Players: Stephen Curry, David Lee, Klay Thompson
X-Factor: Andrew Bogut
A year after finishing 20 games below .500, the Golden State Warriors are searching to become postseason darlings in Western Conference.
There's a lot to like about what the Warriors accomplished this season, as they led the NBA in three-point field-goal percentage and defensive rebounding percentage, according to Basketball-Reference.
On any given night, the Warriors threaten to break out and score anywhere from 105 to 115 points, which is what ultimately makes them such a tough postseason matchup.
Led by the inside-outside combination of David Lee and Stephen Curry, the Warriors are capable of filling it up in an instant from any spot on the floor.
With Curry, Klay Thompson and sixth man Jarrett Jack both shooting above 40 percent from beyond, offense doesn't figure to be the Warriors' key to survival during the 2013 postseason.
Instead, it will be up to Curry and Lee to take the reins on defense, where they've previously shown an inability to do so.
Down in the post, Lee has allowed 104 points per 100 possessions, according to Basketball-Reference, while Curry, Thompson and Jack have all allowed 107 points or more per 100 possessions.
The one man who may be able to salvage the Warriors' inconsistent defense is center Andrew Bogut, who's played in fewer than 40 percent of the team's games thanks to several injuries.
When healthy, Bogut has been a difference-maker for the Warriors on the defensive end. According to 82games, the five-man unit consisting of Curry, Jack, Thompson, Lee and Bogut has been sensational, averaging 1.19 points per possession while allowing just 1.04. In addition, that lineup was a plus-46 in 144.2 minutes played.