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Andre Iguodala discusses what wears on the Warriors more than anything

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Andre Iguodala discusses what wears on the Warriors more than anything

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders tonight at 6 p.m. PT streaming live on the MyTeams app.

The Warriors have won three of the last four championships and are the favorites to three-peat in June. The whole league wants to dethrone Golden State.

The Warriors are the bullseye and we repeatedly hear Steve Kerr and the players talk about getting everybody's best shot and/or "A game." Does that wear on Golden State over time?

"We get used to it ... what wears on us more than anything is the lack of that understanding and people not realizing," Andre Iguodala told Warriors radio voice Tim Roye. "They're like, 'This team's not even good, how are they close?' Everyone in the NBA is an NBA player, whether you realize it or not.

"There's a fine line -- small margin -- from the superstars to the second-tier players and so on and so forth down the line. Everyone's within confidence of being a superstar. Everyone can play the game, everyone has a potential. They're here for a reason. 

"Any team or any player's capable of playing great any given night. And those nights tend to be our games."

When you're the hunted, this tends to happen.

The Warriors went 13-12 over a 25-game stretch and despite the fact they were missing Steph Curry and Draymond Green for many of those games, there was a lot of noise that this year's team simply isn't good as prior seasons.

While that could end up being true, the regular season won't provide the answer as the Warriors are solely judged on the playoffs at this point -- which is why Golden State doesn't approach the 82-game slate with the same intensity and focus.

"You have to be a little bit smarter, not overexert yourself," Iguodala said. "You have to be careful of that. You have to be mindful that you may not have the rhythm you really want in December, January -- but just the bigger picture ... I've been playing from October to June for four years straight, and it takes a toll on your body.

"You can see it when you're playing against other teams. You got teams with a lot of juice and a lot of energy early on. And it's like they've had four or five months to prepare for our game because everyone's ready to play our game.

"We're always like three months behind everybody just because we play so deep into the season every year."

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

Warriors' Draymond Green out, Eric Paschall doubtful Friday vs. Jazz

Warriors' Draymond Green out, Eric Paschall doubtful Friday vs. Jazz

It's always tough to beat the Jazz in Utah, as the Warriors were reminded last month. Golden State was going to be a massive underdog Friday night as it was, and Thursday's injury report certainly won't change that.

After suffering an embarrassing home overtime loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, the Dubs will try to right the ship against Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert & Co., but they'll have to do it without at least one of their best players -- and we don't mean Steph Curry or Klay Thompson.

Draymond Green is listed as out (rest) for Friday's game at Vivint Smart Home Arena, while rookie Eric Paschall is doubtful with left hip soreness. Additionally, both Ky Bowman and Alen Smailagic are on G League assignment. 

[RELATED: Dubs' Bowman won't play vs. Jazz, will make G League debut]

With Green out and Paschall doubtful, one would expect Golden State's (relatively) healthy bigs like Kevon Looney and Marquese Chriss to get some extended playing time against the Jazz.

Why Gary Payton believes Warriors' Steph Curry isn't true point guard

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Why Gary Payton believes Warriors' Steph Curry isn't true point guard

You might think of Steph Curry as a point guard.

After all, he's short, brings the ball up the court sometimes and appears on the far left of those nifty starting lineup graphics prior to tip-off with PG next to his name.

But in this age of run-and-gun positionless basketball, is Curry really a point guard? Not if you ask Gary Payton.

In fact, the nine-time NBA All-Star believes there only are two true point guards left in The Association.

"That's a question that is kind of difficult for old people," Payton told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock and Kerith Burke on the "Runnin' Plays Podcast" when asked about the best point guards in today's game. "You look at Stephen Curry. You put him as a point guard. He's not a point guard. He's a two-guard. You look at [Russell] Westbrook. He's not a point guard. He's a two-guard. You look at James Harden. He's not a point guard, he's a two-guard.

"To me, there are only two guards in this league that are true point guards. That's [Rajon] Rondo and Chris Paul. 

"Now, Chris Paul has turned into a shooting guard more, but Rondo is a true point guard," Payton continued. "He looks first to get people off. He does his defense and he makes people better around him. Not, let me score 30. Not, let me shoot a jump shot first. He's not doing that ... If we name a lot of point guards that's right now in this NBA, they are not point guards."

At least Harden can finally be in the same category as Steph, right?

[RELATED: Loss to Knicks shows Warriors have earned NBA's worst record]

While Steph might not be the prototypical point guard in the old-fashioned sense, there's no doubt he'll one day be enshrined in Springfield, Mass., as one of the greatest scoring guards in NBA history.

In any era, that's pretty, pretty good.