The Golden State Warriors will open their 2013-14 season against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 30, and Stephen Curry knows that in order to build upon last year’s relative success, it’s important to take lessons learned and apply them to the present and future in order to have sustainable success.
On Friday, he joined The Jim Rome Show on CBS Sports Radio and cited the growth that Golden State experienced as a result of the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs as a key turning point in their development as a young, talented team.
“I’d probably say Game 2 of the second round is probably the moment where we came back from that terrible loss in Game 1 against the Spurs and won on the road. That was a huge win for us. I think that’s a lesson for us to hold on to for this season, playing against a championship-caliber team like them.
“When we get back to that stage this year, we’ll be ready.”
The Spurs went on to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals against the eventual champion Miami Heat. At the very least, the Warriors have to feel like they’ve measured up well against the best the league has to offer. What’s better still is that they’ve only gotten better after finishing the regular season 47-35 under head coach Mark Jackson.
This season, they expect to do better especially because they return their core of Curry, Klay Thompson and All-Star David Lee in addition to featuring a healthy Andrew Bogut and up-and-comer Harrison Barnes. But their offseason acquisition has everyone looking forward to another step forward.
“We understand we have expectations for ourselves to play well this year and create an even better situation than we had last year,” he said. “It’s a cool opportunity for us this year, with a solid core and adding Andre Iguodala back. I think that we’re prepared for big things.”
Iguodala is an athletic wing player who will bring dynamic open court playmaking ability and much-needed defense. Last season, Golden State allowed a league-worst 100.3 points per game and struggled to get stops consistently.
With the addition of the former Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets star, they figure to be much stronger in the area of perimeter defense. Bogut, who the Warriors recently signed to a three-year extension, will help to solidify the middle with his presence, the caveat of course being his long-term health.
As long as he’s on the floor, they will improve considerably. They have all the tools necessary to succeed, and execution will be everything.
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