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Steinmetz: Is Lacob about to get busy?

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Steinmetz: Is Lacob about to get busy?

Dec. 14, 2010

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Matt Steinmetz
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Asdemoralizing as the past month or so has been for the Warriors 1-12since mid-November the reality is that theyre not really far offfrom the team many expected.
At least the team I expected.

Yes, the Warriors are 8-16, which extrapolates to a 27-55 season orright about there. And that would be a major disappointment inessence, a season pretty much as awful as last year.

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But I dont think the Warriors, losers of seven in a row, are really asbad as theyve been lately. Just like I didnt think they were a goodteam because they began the season with a 6-2 mark.

I thought the Warriors were going to be better than last years 26-56team, but not dramatically improved enough to make the playoffs. I hadthe Warriors for 33 wins, and still feel like theyre headed towardthat number.

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The problem is this though: It doesnt seem like the ride to30-whatever wins is going to very fulfilling. It would be one thing ifthe Warriors won, say, 34 games this season, and then you knew theydbe able to bump that up again in 2011-12.

But there are certainly no assurances of that. Yes, the Warriors areyoung, but if your core is Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and David Lee,theres not a lot of room for significant improvement there.

Ellis and Lee essentially are the players theyre going to be; andwhile Curry is a nice player and will likely improve, were not talkingabout an elite, difference-making point guard here.

The real question is whether or not new owner Joe Lacob, with his teamheading toward 30-ish wins, will address issues in the offseason orwhether he wants to deal with them now.

Hey, the Warriors are probably going to win some games in the next fewweeks, but its still not likely to be the majority of them. It surelooks like the writing is on the wall for another playoff-less Warriorsseason.

So, if thats the case, when do you start making moves sooner or later?

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

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Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.