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NBA Rankings: W's remain head of Kings

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NBA Rankings: W's remain head of Kings

With 19 games left in the season, the Warriors are 20-27, five games behind the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

If they were in the Eastern Conference, the Warriors would be just three games behind the Knicks for the No.8 seed, with two games in hand.

Should the club shut down Stephen Curry for the remainder of the season, and hope he can get to full strength before next season?

Are the Chicago Bulls the favorite to reach the NBA Finals out of the East?

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Impressive showdown win against Heat on Sunday3 (2)Miami HeatBest home record of any NBA team: 20-24 (4)San Antonio SpursStephen Jackson: Under control and helping5 (6)L.A. LakersControversy in L.A.: Kobe Bryant sits late vs. Memphis6 (6)Orlando MagicGive Stan Van Gundy credit for holding this team together7 (7)L.A. ClippersBlake Griffin needs to get in gym and work on game this summer8 (9)Dallas MavericksIt's almost as if the Mavs wrote this season off9 (12)Indiana PacersBird stepping down after Pacers back on track10 (15)Atlanta HawksHawks win first four-OT game in NBA since 199711 (11)Philadelphia 76ersPhilly slumping but there's still time12 (8)Memphis GrizzliesHow long will Zach Randolph come off the bench?13 (16)Utah JazzIs Tyrone Corbin in Coach of Year discussion?14 (17)Boston CelticsCeltics vs. Miami would be wonderful first-round matchup15 (14)Houston RocketsWinning despite being without Kevin Martin, Kyle Lowry16 (10)Denver NuggetsNuggets on outside and looking in on playoffs right now17 (13)Phoenix SunsAlvin Gentry has done nice job in Phoenix18 (19)New York KnicksMike Woodson making a case to be Knicks coach next season19 (20)Minnesota TimberwolvesLoss of Ricky Rubio has put damper on T-Wolves season20 (18)Milwaukee BucksMonta Ellis deferring on offense so far21 (21)Portland Trail BlazersFor one night -- against Warriors -- Raymond Felton gets it going22 (22)WarriorsWe'll find out more about rest of Stephen Curry's season this week23 (24)Sacramento KingsUnreal: Kings commit six turnovers in final 3:20 vs. Warriors24 (23)Cleveland CavaliersKyrie Irving locking down Rookie of the Year award25 (26)Toronto RaptorsAndrea Bargnani: 27 percent from 3-point range26 (25)Detroit PistonsGreg Monroe: 16.2 points, 9.8 rebounds per game27 (27)New Jersey Nets
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Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern

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Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern

OAKLAND -- Sidelined with a back strain, Andre Iguodala spent Tuesday night “yelling at the TV more than I normally do” as the Warriors labored through an uneven performance before blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.

So there was Iguodala, this time with his teammates, sitting before a monitor Wednesday as coach Steve Kerr review the horror show that was a 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets.

“We only did about a half-hour on the floor, mostly skill work,” Kerr said after the light practice. “Watched a lot of video.

“That game was a weird game because we were shooting the ball well and scoring enough to win. But we never had control of it the way we normally have control of a game, with defense and toughness.”

Though the Warriors were hampered by injuries -- Iguodala being out, while Draymond Green and Omri Casspi were hurt during the game -- beyond their control, there was at least one thing they believe they can fix immediately.

They can avoid some of the fouls, particularly those that are mindless.

That’s the trap Stephen Curry fell into, picking up three fouls in the first four minutes. That he was limited to 30 minutes, and only 18 through the first three quarters, had an impact on the playing rotation and was a factor in the loss.

“The only thing I’m worried about with him is just those little fouls,” Iguodala said. “Because when he’s on the court, no matter if he’s scoring or not, he’s making life easier for everyone else.”

Kerr after the game cited conditioning as an issue and elaborated on the subject Wednesday.

“Conditioning is not just physical. It’s mental, too,” he said. “We were not ready, mentally, to play that game, even when we weren’t tired early in the game.

“There were other lapses, too. After made baskets, transition threes for them we neglected to pick up. That’s not physical conditioning. That’s mental conditioning. That’s where we need to get better. And we will.”

The Warriors will be wounded in more ways than one when they board their flight to New Orleans Thursday morning. They’ll have some achy players, for sure, but they’ll also have a 0-1 record.

“I feel like losses have this huge effect on us that usually benefits us,” Iguodala said.

After leaving season opener early, Draymond, Casspi miss Warriors practice

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After leaving season opener early, Draymond, Casspi miss Warriors practice

The Warriors opened their season Tuesday night with a loss in which they looked considerably worse than what is expected of a defending champion.

What’s worse is that they also feel it.

Though Andre Iguodala’s back strain recovered enough for him to participate in practice for the first time in a week, Draymond Green’s right knee sprain and Omri Casspi’s left ankle sprain kept them on the sideline Wednesday.

While Green awaits the results of an MRI test, Casspi was limited to individual shooting drills. The availability of both is in doubt for the game Friday night against the Pelicans in New Orleans.

Casspi, a reserve forward, has sustained injuries to both ankles in a five-day span and even if he’s able to play he won’t be at full strength.

Green simply will not return to the lineup until he’s able, though Kerr sounded optimistic about his chances this weekend.

“I don’t think it’s serious,” Kerr said. “But we’ll see.”

If Casspi can’t play, the bench thins along the front line. It would mean more minutes for the likes of Kevon Looney and Pat McCaw.

If Green can’t play, well, that makes a massive impact that runs from the starting lineup all the way through the reserves. His intensity, production and communication are important to the Warriors at both ends of the court.

Some of that would be mitigated by the return of Iguodala, who may be more optimistic than Kerr about his chances of playing Friday.

“If Andre is banged up, he won’t play,” Kerr said. We’ll just make do with what we have.

“Hopefully, Andre will be OK. He’s been getter better every day. He’s pretty confident that he’s on the right track. So hopefully, he’ll play.”

Considering there is a game against the Grizzlies in Memphis less than 20 hours after the final buzzer in New Orleans, the issue is not whether the defending champs will have their roster taxed but to what degree.