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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors started off the season struggling to play up to their talent level, and dropped a few games due to sloppy and uninspired play early on. Most of the problems were on the defensive end, where the team simply didn’t play with the intensity and discipline it had shown in the past.

The Warriors are known worldwide for their sweet shooting and electric offense. But in fact, their defense has been more reliable for a longer period of time. The Warriors have been top five in defensive rating over the last four years per Basketball Reference, led by reigning Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green.

Finally, after more than thirty games in the 2017-2018 season, the Warriors’ defense is up to speed. They’re the top defense per NBA Stats and Cleaning the Glass, and the fourth best according to Basketball Reference.

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