Where will the Warriors finish in the Western Conference?

August 20, 2012, 6:25 pm
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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?

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