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Will anybody beat Warriors? Van Gundy says 'We have to make up scenarios...'

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Will anybody beat Warriors? Van Gundy says 'We have to make up scenarios...'

The Warriors are 33-8 and lead the Rockets by four games for the best record in the Western Conference.

Jeff Van Gundy joined the Lowe Post Podcast on Wednesday to take inventory of the NBA.

"There's noone beating the Warriors. It's just the way it is," Van Gundy reiterated. "We have to make up scenarios that will try to con ourselves into believing, to make the Warriors vulernable. And I think at the end of the day -- every time you try to do that to make it more interesting -- you come back to the same answer.

"Unless something weird happens, this is the team that's going to win for the foreseeable future."

[POOLE: Steph Curry slips, fails to finish routine at Warriors shootaround]

So which team is a bigger threat to Golden State in a seven-game series -- the Rockets or Spurs?

Lowe and Van Gundy both believe the answer is Houston.

"They're best equipped in the league to at least make it a reasonable series," Van Gundy said. "Do I think they would win? No."

Golden State only plays the Rockets one more time this year -- Jan. 20 in Houston.

The Warriors host the Spurs on Feb. 10 and March 8, and play in San Antonio on March 19.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Harden expected to return before Rockets face Warriors

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Report: Harden expected to return before Rockets face Warriors

It appears James Harden's return is imminent.

Barring a setback during practice on Wednesday, Harden is expected to return to game action on Thursday against Minnesota, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

The Warriors face the Rockets in Houston on Saturday night.

Harden has not played since he sustained a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring during Houston's double OT win over the Lakers on New Year's Eve.

The two-time runner-up for MVP did not play in Golden State's 124-114 win over the Rockets on Jan. 4 (Kevin Durant missed the game, too).

Houston has gone 4-3 without Harden in the lineup.

Harden is averaging 32.3 points and 9.1 assists per game this season.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Draymond, Iguodala out for Warriors' game vs Bulls

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Draymond, Iguodala out for Warriors' game vs Bulls

When the Warriors take the floor on Wednesday night in Chicago, they will be without two key players.

Draymond Green (right shoulder soreness) and Andre Iguodala (left calf contusion) are out.

Draymond missed five of six games in mid-December due to the shoulder, but has appeared in 14 straight since returning on Dec. 22.

He did not play against the Bulls on Nov. 24.

Iguodala has suited up in seven straight contests and 13 of the Warriors' last 14 games.

With Golden State's next game not until Saturday in Houston, this gives both players the opportunity to get some extended rest.

Jordan Bell will start in place of Draymond at power forward.

The rookie started against Chicago the day after Thanksgiving, registering seven points, six rebounds, six blocks, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller