Warriors 2012-2013 outlook: Issue No. 5 -- Intangibles

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Warriors 2012-2013 outlook: Issue No. 5 -- Intangibles

The Warriors are thinking playoffs in 2012-13, and the reality is that they have every right to think that. On paper, their team is as talented and as deep as the Warriors team of 2007-08, when they followed up on We Believe with a 48-win season.The Warriors roster is more balanced than it has been in the recent past, and their coaching staff has had a year together. But if the Warriors are to make the postseason and break a five-year drought theyre going to have to overcome some challenges.Here are five of the biggest issues heading into the season for the Warriors:1) Andrew Boguts health2) Stephen Currys health3) Coach Mark Jackson4) Toughness
5) Intangibles: Unfortunately, there will be some things outside of the Warriors control, which will likely determine whether or not they can make the playoffs. There is a group of teams that the Warriors figure to compete with for one of the final playoff spots: Minnesota, Houston, Utah and Portland, for example.How good will the Blazers be? Well, that depends a great deal on how good rookie point guard Damian Lillard is. Can the Timberwolves make the playoffs in the post-Kevin Garnett era? That will depend largely on whether Kevin Love steps up his game and Brandon Roy can come back from injury.Utah seems to be a notch above the Warriors on paper, but then again the games are played on hardwood. As for the Rockets, they look like they will take a step back, but who knows? They still have a legitimate NBA roster.Can the Warriors get to the postseason on their own? Maybe. But with a little help, it becomes a lot more doable.

Paul Pierce reveals origin of his trash-talking beef with Draymond Green

Paul Pierce reveals origin of his trash-talking beef with Draymond Green

Programming note: Warriors-76ers coverage starts today at 3pm with Warriors Pregame Live on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

Draymond Green and Paul Pierce engaged in some trash talk last Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

On Saturday night, Pierce didn't give Draymond's words high marks.

"That's about a three," Pierce said on ABC. "I’ve been around for a long time -- the likes of Kevin Garnett, obviously. I grew up watching Gary Payton, hearing him, so that’s light.

"I couldn’t even hear him.”

In the first minute of last Thursday's Warriors-Clippers game, Draymond said the following to Pierce:

"Chasing that farewell tour -- they don't love you like that. You can't get no farewell tour, they don't love you like that ... you thought you was Kobe?"

Why did Draymond say that?

"This is how it all started: Blake Griffin posted him up, got a foul, and I was just pretty much like, 'You can't guard Blake. He gonna give it to you all night. You not that good. You only good because you got Steph Curry, KD and Klay Thompson around. That's the only reason you get recognition,'" Pierce explained. "And so I'm trying to spark my team with the trash talk -- go at their emotional leader and give my guys some confidence. And that's when you hear him say what he said...

"... When I got home, I see all of this on social media. I'm like, 'Ah, OK,' and that's when I went to my Twitter and said what I said."

Shortly after 2am PT on Thursday night/Friday morning, Pierce tweeted:

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Kevin Durant's status for Monday's game in Philadelphia remains up in the air.

The Warriors forward, who missed his first game of the season on Saturday, is listed as questionable for the team's game against the 76ers.

Prior to the game against the Nets, head coach Steve Kerr told the media that Durant's left hand was "still a little swollen" and called the injury a "day-to-day" thing.

Without Durant, the Warriors still managed to cruise to a 112-95 win over Brooklyn.

Durant injured his left pinky in the opening minutes against the Clippers on Thursday. He remained in the game, but late in the first quarter, he retreated to the locker room with a member of the training staff.

He returned to the game after X-rays came back negative. He played 34 minutes and finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.