Warriors Look Like Championship Contenders in December, but Hurdles Remain

December 2nd, 2014 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

While their name invokes visions of a Midas touch, it's been decades since the Golden State Warriors left their fingerprints on anything and watched it turn into...well, gold.

Since successfully scaling the NBA's summit in 1975, the franchise has sandwiched brief moments of excitement in between prolonged stretches of inefficacy. The low points have measured barely above sea level, and the highlights have included a grand total of four 50-win seasons and a single playoff trip beyond the second round.

The NBA Finals have been a foreign land since that magical journey nearly 40 years ago. But with a deep, talented group of players who excel on both sides of the ball, the Warriors (14-2) have finally reopened their door to the championship stage.

As challenging as it's been to reach this point, progressing from here could be even more difficult. The Dubs face a series of obstacles—both internal and external—on their path to championship contention.


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