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Next step for Warriors is the most difficult

Now that the Golden State Warriors have reached the point where great things are expected — where they are no longer upstarts from an overshadowed, sleeper franchise just trying to attract attention — the real pressure and responsibility begin.

The biggest step for any franchise to take is from good to great, from occasional contender to elite. The Warriors — with their second-year coach, brilliant shooter with the bad ankles, former No. 1 overall pick trying to prove he’s capable of playing a full season, and pair of overlooked ex-college standouts — are poised to become a major factor in the Western Conference.

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