OAKLAND (CBS Sports) — The Golden State Warriors are an imperfect team.

As constructed, the team doesn’t have enough players who are good at attacking the basket with consistent success. You can see the potential there with a few players in their rotation. Harrison Barnes looks like he’s ready to take on more offensive responsibility. They have a shooting guard in Klay Thompson who has improved so much in such a short amount of time that it’s conceivable he could add a mean floater off the dribble attack to his arsenal for next season. And Stephen Curry is so talented that it’s weird he hasn’t quite added the ability to shed defenders on his way to the hoop like Tony Parker does.

But when we look at their strengths and what made them capable of upsetting the Denver Nuggets in Round 1 and then pushing the San Antonio Spurs to six games in Round 2, all of this should make a lot more sense. This run was fueled by fire. Fire that emanated from the stands of Oracle Arena. Fire that burned from the inspiration flowing from Mark Jackson’s vocal chords. Fire that shot out from the finger tips of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jarrett Jack, Harrison Barnes, and even occasionally from Draymond Green.

READ MORE from CBS Sports on how the Warriors offer a glimpse of the NBA’s future.

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