After the Golden State Warriors failed to hold on to another second half lead against a member of the league's elite—this time, Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers—the Bay Area faithful are beginning to wonder: Can this team win meaningful games as currently constructed?
The good feelings from ownership and coaching changes over the offseason and new faces in the starting lineup are gone. Reality is this: the Golden State Warriors have the league's 10th-worst winning percentage, an abysmal .395.
With new coach Keith Smart looking more and more like his predecessor--more fast-paced offense, generous defense, short leash with younger players and reserves--Don Nelson, the Warriors cannot simply hope that an upgrade or two to the second unit will push this team into the postseason.
After all, with two of the top five league leaders in minutes played (Monta Ellis, first, with 41.1 and Dorell Wright, fifth, with 39.1), any key reserves brought in might not see the floor enough to be the difference maker this team needs.