Goodbye, January. Hello, February.
The Golden State Warriors surely must be happy to turn the calendar after an up-and-down first month of the year. While the Dubs closed out January with a two-game win streak, most recently toppling the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City last Friday, the team is still looking to find some consistency.
Despite some dominant play at both ends of the court with their famous #fullsquad, the Warriors actually dropped further down the standings in the Western Conference. Golden State is now slotted in the seventh spot, and is a mere two games from falling out of postseason positioning altogether.
But the short-term schedule looks promising for the Warriors, who attempt to extend their win streak heading into the All-Star Game. Four of their next five games before the break are at home, the first of which is a Tuesday night tilt against the Charlotte Bobcats at Oracle Arena.
Though the Bobcats are currently slated as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, they do so owning a wincing 21-28 record. The Warriors’ aim heading into Tuesday’s contest is to refrain from continuing to play only at the level of their opponent. And given the uncertainty about Charlotte's starting point guard Kemba Walker’s health, it is important for Golden State to take care of business when it's supposed to: against a losing team, at home.
Here are five keys for the Warriors heading into their Tuesday matchup against the Charlotte Bobcats.