Brandon Rush's goal this year was to start at small forward. He probably would have eventually because he is the more experienced and competent player than Harrison Barnes. He is a lights out 3 point shooter, he can drive the basketball in the paint, and can play really good defense.
I felt Rush was the backbone to the team. Going down really costed them. The Warriors could have been 36-23 instead of 33-26 this year, just by having Rush.
The Warriors will go 43 wins if they all stay healthy. They simply cannot hang
with the Kings, Lakers, or Rockets. They have not beat them all year and won't beat them because they get beat up on transition and size.
Sadly, even with the Lakers losing their 2 biggest guys Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol, they are going to catch us and pass us up because they have the more favorable schedule. It really is disheartening because The warriors were the feel good story of the year and the Lakers were the biggest disappointment of the year. And then when they actually finish better than us, it will be really heartbreaking and embarrassing.
Harrison Barnes is a weakness for the Warriors. He does good sometimes
and shows flashes of being good, but more often that not he is very passive
and doesn't have much of an impact on the floor.
He doesn't seem to have a great shot either. More often that not, his jumper
is not going in.
The Warriors need someone at the small forward who can create their own
shot, especially when the shot clock is winding down. Rudy Gay, Andre
Iguadola, Nick Batum, or even a Stephen Jackson would have been a
better fit. Someone who can dominate the ball once in a while and put
in a basket.
I didn't expect them to get streaky like this. Elite teams do
not do this. If Curry was really an elite player, the Warriors would
be an elite team. A good example is Chris Paul. Without Paul, the
Clippers are not that good, but with Paul the Clippers are elite. The
Warriors are not elite even with Curry.
They need help. Bogut wasn't much help this year. Missed all of last year,
had all of this year to heal and hasn't played.
They need Biedrins's contract to expire. Sad to see him go, but Biedrins
salary makes it hard to sign anyone else because he takes up the
Good teams take care of good teams. Sure, the Warriors beat some elite
teams, but more often than not, they seem to be playing from behind
against good teams and cannot stop turning the ball over.