No, the Warriors are not "tanking" the rest of the season.
That should be obvious to everyone when you consider they didn't trade Kelly Oubre, and Steph Curry returned to the lineup sooner than expected following his tailbone contusion.
Yes, they are going to have to live with the growing pains that come along with giving young players like James Wiseman, Jordan Poole and Nico Mannion extended minutes.
But they absolutely are trying to win as many games as possible and get into the playoffs.
"It would be huge. The playoff atmosphere -- not only in your preparation but the actual games -- it's at a whole other level," associate head coach Mike Brown told Warriors radio voice Tim Roye on 95.7 The Game. "For our guys to get a feel of it, a taste of it, would only benefit them for many years to come.
"For sure our goal is to position ourselves to be in the playoffs. But more importantly -- when you're there, anything can happen. If we continue to trend upward, going on a playoff run can happen to anybody at any given time."
Based on where they sit in the Western Conference standings, the Warriors almost assuredly will have to go through the play-in tournament to reach the postseason.
So the ideal outcome at this point would be for Golden State to end up with the No. 7 or No. 8 seed, and have enough Eastern Conference teams finish with a better record than them so that the Warriors get to keep their top-20 protected first-round pick.
In other words, the Warriors would love to participate in a seven-game playoff series (or two) and have the No. 18 overall pick in the 2021 draft.
And on top of that, the Warriors of course hope the lottery is kind to them and they land the No. 4 or No. 5 overall selection via the Minnesota Timberwolves.
But anyways, don't for a second believe the franchise will be totally OK with missing the playoffs this year. That just isn't the case.