Five issues Warriors need to solve by opening night

Five issues Warriors need to solve by opening night
October 1, 2012, 5:29 pm

The Warriors hold their annual media day on Monday afternoon at the teams downtown Oakland practice facility. The first day of practice is on Tuesday, when the Warriors will have double sessions.With a revamped roster and two important players coming off injuries, the Warriors have some questions as camp starts. Here are five issues to figure out by opening night Oct. 31st at Phoenix.How healthy is center Andrew Bogut and what will his status be on opening night?Andrew Bogut missed all but 12 games last season with a fractured left ankle. Hes been rehabbing all offseason, but has still not been cleared to play five-on-five. Bogut is targeting a few preseason games, and then playing in Game 1. In any event, it appears the Warriors will monitor Boguts minutes closely particularly early in the season.How does Stephen Currys ankle look?Stephan Curry is in the same boat with Bogut injury-wise, but looks to be further along. Curry missed most of last season with a troublesome right ankle, but he is healthy and is expected to start the season-opener. The Warriors have eight preseason games, and that should give Curry and the Warriors a good look at how everything is progressing.
Who will start at small forward?The Warriors have three viable candidates for the spot: Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush and rookie Harrison Barnes. Yes, who finishes at the small forward spot is more important than who starts, but who starts might give you a feel for what coach Mark Jackson is thinking this year and what he values.Who will backup Andrew Bogut at center or start if Bogut isnt ready by Game 1?The battle for minutes at the backup center spot will be between Andris Biedrins and rookie Festus Ezeli. Biedrins career has plummeted in recent years, but he still can rebound and defend some. Ezeli is raw but relentless, weve been told.Boguts minutes are likely going to be limited particularly early in the season so there are minutes to be had at center.What style will emerge?It remains to be seen what kind of team the Warriors will be. Bogut helps them defensively, but theyre still not strong in that department overall. And they probably wont be the running team theyve been in the past.At the same time they have some terrific shooters, and a couple of big men in David Lee and Bogut, who can pass.It will take a while for this team to develop an identity, but the process should start on Day 1.

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