It's going to end well for the Warriors, at least in terms of the regular season. They play 16 of their final 22 games at home, including a seven-game, soul-reviving homestand March 4-15. From that point until the finish of the season April 17, they have exactly two road games that appear difficult: at Houston and San Antonio in the third week of March.

Whatever ails the Warriors in the second half - and who knows, they could be hovering around that eighth and final playoff spot by the conclusion of this month - that ongoing Oracle feast will make things right.

As for the playoffs themselves, no great optimism here. Too much was revealed during the five-game losing streak that wrapped up the first half. Fatigue may have been a factor, but more to the point: The Warriors are not a good defensive team, and don't be fooled into believing that they are.

They did a pretty good impersonation for weeks at a time, and that's a credit to coach Mark Jackson and the players' determination. Defense is built on hustle and desire, but only partly so; skill is the most vital component. If the Warriors are going to finish games with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and David Lee on the floor, that's three players who may care about defense deeply, but fall terribly short of the league's lofty standard. (There isn't a backcourt in the league that doesn't see "Golden State" as a precious gift on the calendar.)