Players Who Must Step Up for Golden State Warriors' Remaining Games

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Players Who Must Step Up for Golden State Warriors' Remaining Games
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The NBA season is approaching its stretch run, and the Golden State Warriors are nearly the team that they ultimately want to be.

Last year, a No. 6 finish, a return to the playoffs and a second-round exit was a fantastic result. This season, the team's eyes are set on a top-four seed and a deeper playoff run, if not a championship.

The Warriors have not yet been an elite team this season, but they are much closer than they were in late December. General manager Bob Myers was thought to have no tradable assets outside of his core players, yet he somehow turned Toney Douglas and Kent Bazemore—the team's top two guards off the bench to start the season—into Jordan Crawford and Steve Blake.

With the trade deadline now passed, it is up to the players already on this roster to finish the job and bring this team to where they all want to be.

Every player has room to grow, and almost every one of them will have to for the team to win a title. Of course, some must more than others, particularly the following three.

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