The Golden State Warriors are just 18-23 after 41 games, and a full four games behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the eighth spot in the Western Conference at the halfway mark. Clearly, they have their work cut out for them if they are going to make the playoffs.
But the Warriors are playing some pretty good basketball right now. They've won five of their last seven, and are in the midst of a stretch that has them playing nine of their next 10 games at home.
I had the privilege of attending the Warriors' afternoon practice session earlier this week, where I was able to talk one-on-one with point guard Stephen Curry, and sit in on interviews with head coach Kieth Smart and swingman Reggie Williams.
The three of them made several points about what the team needs to do down the stretch, and I have decided to go ahead and pick out 10 things in particular that I thought were the most important.
So from the Warriors themselves, here are 10 keys for Golden State's second half playoff push.