How the Warriors wised up

An analytical view gives Golden State something to 'Believe' in once again

Updated: April 28, 2013, 4:20 PM ET
By Ethan Sherwood Strauss | ESPN Insider
OAKLAND -- Have the Golden State Warriors emerged from the Dark Ages into the Renaissance? The Warriors are enjoying only their third winning season in 19 years, and after stirring victories in Games 2 and 3, they suddenly they find themselves ahead of the heavily favored Denver Nuggets 2-1 in their Western Conference first-round series.

How they went from afterthought to frontrunner is a story of intelligence finally defeating ineptitude. It's a story of a different Oakland team bringing a "Moneyball" approach to the Bay Area.