Warriors through 10 games: Five legitimate concerns
Things to worry about
On Wednesday, we discussed five positive developments for the Warriors through 10 games. Today, we address five areas of concern for Steve Kerr's squad...
1) The "T" word
The Warriors continue to lead the league in turnovers (19.3 per game), and even though they've shown signs of improvement it's too soon to declare a solution. They're good enough and smart enough to do better, but until they do so on a consistent basis there is the likelihood they will blow some games.
2) The Iguodala/Livingston conundrum
Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston are fine players, but they have nearly identical skills. Each needs the ball to be at his best. If the coaches insist on playing them together, one will be wasted. Kerr and his staff are aware of the problem and are taking steps toward a remedy.
3) Andrew Bogut's body
The big man says he feels good and has yet to miss a game. He also knows his body is older than his age (29) and that he has missed 43.6 percent of scheduled games over the past four seasons. Kerr is not ready to consider rest nights, but it's something he can't afford to dismiss.
4) What to do about David Lee
Lee should return sometime in the next couple weeks, at which time Kerr must decide how he should be utilized. Can he put him into a starting lineup winning 80 percent of its games? Will he put the team's highest-paid player on the second unit? Either move could affect momentum. The wrong move would disrupt it.
5) Is Festus Ezeli ready to help?
The backup center missed all of last season and it shows. He seems to be a beat behind and his hands still represent a No-Trust Zone. He's currently third-string, behind Marreese Speights, a power forward who has played well at center. A healthy Ezeli will be needed. But he can't help unless he finds his rhythm.