Another home game, another Eastern Conference opponent with a non-winning record. Another reason to be scared. Here come the Philadelphia 76ers, heading into Oakland to play the Golden State Warriors on Monday.
How can this be? How can the Warriors (30-21) be concerned about this seemingly non-threatening Philadelphia ballclub?
Based on Golden State’s very recent history—over the past month—any team with a mediocre record or worse is a frightening opponent. And the 76ers, with their unornamented lineup of role players, qualify as a terrorizing adversary for a plummeting Golden State squad that is a mere two games from being out of the postseason picture altogether.
After a performance against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday (a 122-109 loss) in which they flamed out, the Warriors are 6-8 in their last 14 contests. This poor stretch has included home losses to the Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards and the Charlotte Bobcats—all sub-.500 teams. After some national attention (or hype), the Dubs find themselves closer to a downward spiral than a deep playoff run. They currently sit in the precarious eighth spot out West.
Can the Warriors right their ship? What do they need to do to again reach that level of high-quality consistency?
Unfortunately, as is usually the case, there isn’t just one issue to pinpoint. Nearly everyone on the team is blameworthy. But what are the main areas to focus on? Which problems stand out during this recent poor stretch?
Here are five key concerns for the Warriors heading into their game against the Philadelphia 76ers.