The Golden State Warriors appeared to be fading at the wrong time as they seek their first playoff appearance in six years. But if their last game is any indication, they haven't completely lost the edge that made them look like a serious contender in the Western Conference for most of the season.
Wednesday night's matchup with visiting Detroit seems to set up favorably for the Warriors, as the Pistons - already caught in a tailspin - will likely be without starting point guard Brandon Knight.
The Warriors surprised the league with an impressive 30-17 start, but they've had trouble replicating that success. They lost 12 of 17 before Monday's dominant 92-63 home win over New York embodied what coach Mark Jackson has preached to his team all year: defense and rebounding.
Golden State is 27-8 when holding opponents under 100 points and 28-9 when outrebounding foes. But Monday was a rare combination of dominance as the Warriors (36-29) held the Knicks to 27.4 percent ...