The Warriors spent last season trying to convince themselves that Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry could coexist.

The Warriors spent this season trying to identify exactly what steps need to be taken to help the guards thrive together.

After nearly two years of watching Ellis and Curry dazzle offensively and flounder defensively, the Warriors maintain their belief that they have the makings of a playoff backcourt. They admit, however, that the slight build of the guards mandates some serious strength training and equal amounts of roster bolstering to make the postseason a reality.

"I think they've continued to show that they can play together, and now we have to continue to grow our team and get other players," coach Keith Smart said. "They're convinced that they can keep enough pressure on opponents as playmakers, but we do have defensive shortfalls. That's the problem.

"We need to make sure that our entire roster is built for their protection."

Ellis (25 years old) and Curry (23) are the top scoring backcourt in the league. Combining their points (42.7), rebounds (7.4) and assists (11.4), you could make a valid argument that the Warriors' backcourt is the most productive in the NBA.

"It's a tag team," Ellis says. "There's nothing you can do. It's like I'm hitting you with the right and he's hitting you with the left. You can't stop it."

But the new Warriors' regime seems to understand that there is more to basketball than scoring in bunches and preaching about the potential of a young roster.