Mark Jackson is the Warriors' chief cheery optimist, Andrew Bogut is the snarling catalyst, and the Warriors very much need them both at their loudest and strongest.
Things won't work out quite right if only one powerful personality dominates over the final 30 games of this most crucial season for the franchise.
The Warriors need both Jackson and Bogut at their best -- the bright smile and the bold bark -- if they are going to hold this season together.
First, let's note that Jackson's hardy encouragement and work with some shellshocked players helped create the great chemistry that pushed this team to such an unexpectedly successful early run.
But, heading into the All-Star break, the current five-game losing streak is proof the Warriors need more than positive reinforcement to move any further.
Jackson's message after Tuesday's lackluster home loss to Houston? His players should go home, celebrate the good first half and come back next week after the break ready to win again.
"We will not panic," Jackson at his postgame news conference Tuesday night. "We will not be tricked into feeling sorry for ourselves."
That's classic Jackson, it's why his players like to play for him, and that kind of soothing talk will prevent rampant over-anxiety.
Stephen Curry, David Lee and Klay Thompson, for three great examples, thrive when they're patted on the back, not kicked in the rump.
But they need more than that now.
This is not necessarily emergency time -- the Warriors' losing streak coincided with their toughest schedule stretch, and they have 18 home games remaining to get back on steady ground.
Still, against the better, tougher Western Conference teams, the Warriors' defensive liabilities have been exposed again.
The holes were covered up with Jackson's clever defensive schemes for most of this season, but not against Houston, Oklahoma City and others in recent weeks.
Eventually -- now or at playoff time -- it'll come down to the Warriors' best players being held accountable for defending their position.
That means Curry, Lee, Thompson and Carl Landry -- they all need a jump-start.
They need an angry 7-footer in the lane, bellowing at all he surveys, including his teammates, and maybe drawing just enough double-teams to free up his deep-shooting comrades on the offensive side.
That would be Bogut, only recently back from injury and yet still quite willing to verbally rake his teammates when mistakes are made.
Will Bogut turn back into the elite center he used to be? Based on his hobblings in the few weeks of his comeback, probably not this season.
But if he's out there, Bogut can defend the rim, he can be physical, and he can demand his more offensive-minded teammates do the same.
Bogut is the Warriors' strongest-willed player since Baron Davis ran the locker room, and Tuesday night the large Australian began to show it.
"Our defense one-on-one is horrendous, 1 through 5, not just one or two guys," Bogut said. "We get beat it's like, 'Oh help, someone help me.' "
He ended that with a mocking lilt -- he was not trying to be funny.
Bogut wasn't excepting himself from the critique, and he shouldn't. The Warriors haven't looked good during his comeback -- but they were already fraying before he started playing again.
The next few weeks after the break, when Bogut is expected to move past his 25-27-minute limit and possibly be available on both ends of back-to-backs, will set the tone for the rest of the season.
What does he think he can do for this team down the final sprint?
"People are going to say what they say and people are going to look at me coming back and say, 'Hey, look we started losing,' " Bogut said. "That's everybody's assumptions.
"I mean, I can only do what I can do out there, that's rebound, set screens, if guys are open, get them the ball, be a team guy. We've got great shooters on this team. But you're going to have to watch the tape to know where our problems are. It's 1 through 12."
The positive for the Warriors is they only have one particularly tricky stretch of games left.
But it starts immediately after the break, with an eight-game segment that starts in Utah on Tuesday and ends with a five-game trip that includes Indiana, the New York Knicks and Boston.
From there, the Warriors play 16 of their last 22 at Oracle Arena and should win enough, at the very least, to keep them from falling out of the playoffs.
As general manager Bob Myers strongly implied Tuesday, the Warriors want to see how this team plays for a long period with Bogut -- so a big trade isn't likely by the Feb. 21 deadline.
This is what they've got. It's Jackson on the encouraging side and Bogut on the edgy side.
They need them both -- to be strong, unfailing, motivational, inspirational and totally themselves.