Well, we have limped into All Star Weekend with 5 consecutive losses. We haven't made headway since our blowout in Houston. We'll have a week to regroup mentally and physically. I can't put my finger on why precisely the Warriors are struggling to play their defensive game or take care of the glass. I have a hunch that amidst the return of Andrew Bogut, the team has collectively lost a little bit of focus and urgency on the defensive end. Perhaps they are a little worn out and have put down the breaks. The All Star game could be a factor, knowing that it was just days away.
Now that Bogut is here, the team has to continue to defend the way they did prior to his return. Their rebound numbers are down, conversely they are starting to resemble the old Warriors. The passing has been careless. In todays game, you could sense their meticulous nature and that too might have costed them. Klay continued to bomb away and that didn't bode well. Also, I'm not so confident with Landry playing alongside Lee when matched up against bigger front courts. Furthermore, this team is fouling superfluously and not getting to the free throw lines enough themselves.
On a sadder note, the Warriors have got outscored by more than 10 points from opposition, all season long. This team is going to have to work together, focused, and aggressively. Not that this was a good thing, but ultimately losing as horrid as this, may have not come at a more preferred time than prior to the break.
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I don't believe that the team should be in panic mode; however, I do believe that the team needs to work harder in improving its perimeter defense, integrating Bogut better in its half-court offensive sets, and correcting David Lee's penchant for taking shots when he is being double-teamed instead of kicking the ball out to an open teammate immediately after being doubled.
I would also suggest that Ezeli and Biedrens, as painful as this is to write, need to continue to be in the playing rotation as backups to Bogut. Between the three centers, the team has 24 fouls to give.
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It real this is the NBA, you have to come to play every game. Utah and Houston are knocking for the playoff spots.
The changes needed should not be taking lightly, defense needs to be better, ranked 26th in the league driving in the hoop as mentioned in the game thread by Martin. I know we are a jump shooting team but they have to attack the hoop, it opens up the floor.
They need to abandon the zone its not working.
We need to figure out how healthy Bogut really is, he needs to be more fluid, as his foot speed is really slow right now.
Overall the team just needs to be hungry like they were earlier in the season.
Not sure what is going on with Landry either, but he needs to get his mojo back.
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