And, potentially dangerous.
“The talent level has gone way up and their guys are getting better,” he said. “They were impressive tonight.” — Steve Kerr, after the OT win against the Lakers.
The talent level had to go up when the reanimated corpses of Mozgov, Deng, Metta World Peace, Huertas and Calderon were no longer allowed on the floor. And it certainly didn’t hurt the team’s defensive capabilities to lose Russell (who make up for his lack of speed and athleticism with laziness), Young (whose occasional defensive effort made him the stopper on the worst defense in the league) and Williams (only because of his lack of size).
But the big part is their “guys are getting better,” which I wrote about in some detail: