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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2008-11-07

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2008-11-07

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2008-11-07
For all the talk about the power of the Western Conference, it appears there's a wide gap between the elite and non-elite teams this season. At least, the Warriors hope so.

A year after missing the playoffs despite recording 48 wins, the Baron Davis-less Warriors figure to be much closer to the break-even, 41-win mark this time around. Their best chance of making the playoffs would seem to stem from the possibility of seven Western clubs being worse than that.

It's awfully early in the season to start drawing conclusions, but optimistic Warriors fans already are drawing some.

Portland appears overrated and already has lost Greg Oden to another injury. Denver must go in a new direction without Allen Iverson. The Kings and Clippers are a combined 1-9. And the Thunder and Timberwolves could be the two worst teams in the league.

That's six. If that group continues its early-season form, the Warriors would need just one more team to fall flat on its face in order to possibly sneak into the postseason with an Eastern Conference-type qualifying mark. Despite beating Golden State on Monday night, that club would figure to be Memphis.

That makes Friday's home rematch with the Grizzlies so important. The last thing the Warriors need is to throw away a potential tie-breaker advantage over Memphis by losing the season series, especially after owning the Grizzlies (4-0) a year ago.

It's interesting to note the Warriors ended the night Wednesday holding the eighth and final playoff spot in the West despite a 2-3 record. Maybe this is the year the West -- like the economy -- shows signs of cracking.

WARRIORS 111, NUGGETS 101: With Corey Maggette out of the lineup with a hamstring injury, you might have expected Don Nelson to shorten his bench Wednesday night. In fact, he did only go four deep -- but three of those four combined for 118 of the 240 team minutes and 54 of the 111 points in the much-needed win. The biggest surprise for the home fans was Brandan Wright, who had played only sparingly in the first 86 games of his NBA career. He made the most of 32 minutes against the Nuggets, accumulating 18 points and 13 rebounds in a performance that screamed for many, many encores.

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