DQ: In an mid-January column, Grantland’s Zach Lowe argued that the Warriors are an NBA contender. Now with the All-Star break upon us, how do you like Golden State’s chances against the Thunder, Spurs, etc?
NP: There are stretches of games where the Warriors look like they could beat just about anyone in the league; there are times that they look like they have no business thinking about the playoffs against the Bobcats. So can they compete with the OKC/San Antonios of the world? Absolutely. But what remains to be seen for this team is whether they can put together a seven (or shorter) game stretch of winning basketball against those elites. As of right now, I'd say that's a bit of a stretch.