Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 107, Suns 92

Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 107, Suns 92
October 24, 2012, 4:50 am
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OAKLAND The Warriors completed their preseason on Tuesday night, but there remain unknowns about what will happen when the team starts to play for real.With their 107-92 victory over the Suns at Oracle, the Warriors finished the preseason with a 6-2 record. Those are nice numbers, but who knows what they mean?The Warriors are still a very difficult team to gauge because they played all of the preseason without Andrew Bogut and some of it without point guard Stephen Curry.And the two questions that were asked before the start of training camp are still being asked: When will Bogut play and can Curry stay healthy?We still dont know the answers to those questions.What we do know, however, is coach Mark Jackson will rely heavily on David Lee and Klay Thompson just like he did during all of the preseason.Lee had 16 points and five rebounds, and Thompson finished with 12 points, three rebounds and three assists against the Suns. Neither of those players logged as many minutes as they have been averaging in the preseason, but then again, the Warriors open the regular season against the Suns on Oct. 31. No sense in letting them in on all things Warriors.If theres one thing the Warriors figure to rely on this season, its their depth. On Tuesday, the Warriors got contributions from Carl Landry (13 points), Harrison Barnes (16 points) and Jarrett Jack (13 points, nine assists).Now, you throw in a healthy Curry and Bogut, and the Warriors very well might have something. Without those two players, who really knows what you have?For the win: The Warriors 6-2 record would match their highest number of wins in a preseason since they went 6-1 in 2006. Warriors coach Mark Jackson made it clear from Day 1 of training camp that he was going to try to win as many games as possible because he believed it was important for changing the culture.The real test is whether the Warriors can string wins together in the regular season, of course.No Bogut: The goal for center Andrew Bogut was to play a preseason game or two and then be ready to go by the regular-season opener on Oct. 31 against Phoenix.Well, scrap the preseason game or two now well see about the opener.Bogut, who fractured his left ankle in January and only played 12 games last season, is still not 100 percent, according to Jackson. And for now, the Warriors will move forward without him.My mindset is to prepare this team and let the chips fall where they may, Jackson said. I really like how hard he has been working. Were listening to the doctors, were listening to the training staff and were listening to his body as well.The important thing now is to understand that we need him for the long haul and we dont want him on the floor until hes 100 percent. To his credit, its not because hes not working.

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