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NBA: Why the Warriors are not title contenders

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The Golden State Warriors have gone on a tear, winning an NBA-best 10 straight games before losing to the Brooklyn Nets on the road. CNNSI.com recently ranked the Warriors No. 2 on its power rankings behind the Indiana Pacers.

Yes, the Pacers probably deserve the top spot at this point in the season. However, let's not get carried away with all the talk that Golden State is a championship contender.

Disclosure: I root for the Warriors. They are a talented team that's likely headed for the playoffs, so long as their starters remain healthy.

But in a stacked Western Conference, Stephen Curry and friends would be lucky to make it to the conference finals. Here's a look at all the teams in the West that are very formidable:

  • Spurs
  • Clippers
  • Thunder
  • Blazers
  • Suns
  • Rockets

And that's just the West!

Golden State does have a team that plats well together, and Mark Jackson is a great coach who has made the Warriors much better defensively. They're very entertaining to watch.

Playoff basketball is not about shooting from the outside all day long. Championship contenders are big in the paint: They rebound well, block shots, make free throws, and bully opposing defenses down low.

With their current roster, the Warriors are not physical enough to challenge the NBA's elite teams. That's a problem given that center Ander Bogut will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Contact: Marv Dumon at marvin.dumon@gmail.com

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