Where will the Warriors finish in the Western Conference?


Where will the Warriors finish in the Western Conference?

The Warriors are thinking playoffs, but its not going to be easy in the Western Conference.On the surface, six teams seem to be headed toward the postseason in 2012-13: Oklahoma City, L.A. Lakers, L.A. Clippers, Memphis, San Antonio and Denver. That would leave the Warriors trying to grab one of the remaining two playoff spots.Assuming Sacramento and New Orleans arent going to make the playoffs, it would leave the Warriors in competition with six other teams. Lets take a look at those half-dozen teams, and you tell us whether or not those teams are better than Golden State.Dallas MavericksIs it possible that the Dallas Mavericks, who won the NBA title in 2010-11, could miss the playoffs this season? Put it this way It sure seems possible. The Mavericks hoped to come out of this offseason with Deron Williams and Dwight Howard but came away with neither.What that means is that Dallas will ride Dirk Nowitzki for another season only this years supporting cast is far more suspect than in recent years. The Mavericks will rely heavily on Chris Kaman, Elton Brand, Shawn Marion, Vince Carter and O.J. Mayo.You could make the case that only Mayo isnt past his prime. The Mavericks do have an interesting point guard combination in Darren Collison and Rodrique Beaubois. But theyve got big shoes to fill because Jason Kidd and Jason Terry are no longer in the picture.The Mavericks have made the playoffs 12 consecutive seasons, but No. 13 is not a given. Or is it? You tell us.This text be replaced with poll. To remove properly, delete this text INCLUDING start and end characters.
Houston RocketsIts strange, really. The Rockets seem to be getting worse, and yet general manager Daryl Moreys reputation still seems to be growing. The Rockets are working on three consecutive non-playoff seasons, and snapping that skid this year seems to be a stretch.Morey paid big money to Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik this offseason, highly questionable moves for two largely unproven players. As for Lin, he thrived in New York when he had the ball in his hands.But its going to be difficult for Lin to have that kind of role in Houston, where hell be paired with Kevin Martin in the backcourt. Asik is a young center who is improving, no doubt. But hell make more than 8 million a season over the next three years, and thats an exorbitant number for a player who averaged three points and five rebounds per game last season. On paper, it seems apparent the Rockets will take another step back this season. Do you agree?This text be replaced with poll. To remove properly, delete this text INCLUDING start and end characters.
Coming up next: How will the Warriors fare against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Phoenix Suns?

With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell


With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

After getting a rude “Welcome to the NBA” facial from Rockets guard Eric Gordon in his debut Tuesday night, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell stands to get a more legitimate baptism Friday night in New Orleans.

That’s where Pelicans All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be waiting, eager to abuse the new guy.

With starting power forward Draymond Green listed as doubtful with a strained left knee -- MRI test results were negative -- Bell can expect significant minutes when the Warriors and Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.

Aware Green’s availability is in question, Bell sees what’s ahead in Davis and Cousins, as they both possess skills that rank among the top five big men.

“I’m definitely excited about that,” Bell said Wednesday. “(They are) some of the best bigs in the league, so I’m definitely excited to get tested against that.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr generally avoids tinkering with his set rotations, in which case David West and JaVale McGee would continue to come off the bench at center. Of the other “bigs” on the roster, Bell is most likely to start if Green is unable.

Bell played 12 minutes in the opener, and they were in slots that typically go to McGee, who never left the bench against Houston. Citing the matchups created by the Rockets’ smallish lineups, Kerr opted for the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Bell over the 7-foot, 270-pound McGee.

That will change Friday, regardless of Green’s status, as both Bell and McGee will be needed against Davis and Cousins, both of whom possess wing spans over 7 feet. Only Bell is suited to play power forward or center, and the staff is coaching him at both positions.

“At the 4, I have to be more of a facilitator, like (Green) is,” Bell said. “Some plays (Kerr) has me doing the same things Draymond does. Sometimes he has me bring the ball up in practice. Calling plays, putting me in positions on the elbows to make the right pass, make the right read.

“When I’m at the 5, I have to be more of an aggressor, a more physical guy on the court, focusing on rebounding and finishing around the rim.”

It’s exceedingly rare for a second-round draft pick to start a game in his first week as an NBA player. The Warriors believe Bell can handle it. So in the case of Green being held out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rookie’s name is called.


Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI


Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

The Golden State Warriors and Dubnation have been holding their breath a bit awaiting the results of Draymond Green's MRI. 

They can breathe a little better now. 

According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative. 

Green left Tuesday's game against the Rockets one point shy of a triple double after 28 minutes of work. 

The Warriors were left in a defensive deficit in his absence and ultimatley lost to the Rockets 122-121. 

More to come...