I can't figure Golden State out this year. Sure, the West is nasty. But on paper they were so potent. Upstart last year with Lee getting healthy and Iguadala coming in. Yes, Iguadala has not played much, but that was supposed to be the icing on the cake, so WTF? A majorly depleted Spurs team goes in and wins it.
It's been said so many times before, but you have to tip your hat to San Antonio. They are pro's pros at every level.
The longer the season goes on with the Warriors playing like this, the more likely it seems to me that losing Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack has set them back a bit. Curry has ridiculous on/off court numbers this year, and part of that (I think) is that their bench is nowhere near as good as it was last year. Landry and Jack were both legitimate 6th man of the year candidates last season, and allowed the Warriors to have a potent offensive lineup on the court all game long.
Now, having Iguodala and a healthy Bogut should have mitigated that by pushing other players into the bench units, but it doesn't seem to have happened that way. Iggy's been injured and the players behind Bogut (J O'Neal, Armstrong, Ezeli) are 'hold down the fort' type players rather than game changers. They brought in Speights to try and fill the Landry role but I don't think he's quite dynamic enough.
That's my read on it, anyway.
Re. Patty Mills: I believe one of the Spurs assistant coaches is also the coach of the Australian national team. That's one of the reasons why Mills ended up with the Spurs (he started off his NBA career in Portland). If you watched any Spurs playoff basketball last year you should recognise him - he was the guy on their bench with the ridiculous towel-waving moves.