Warriors 2012-2013 outlook: Issue No.1 -- Bogut's health

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Warriors 2012-2013 outlook: Issue No.1 -- Bogut's health

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 health: Far and away, the single-biggest key to whether the Warriors will be successful in 2012-13 is the health of center Andrew Bogut. For the Warriors to break through and make the playoffs, Bogut must be both healthy and effective.Over the past four seasons, Bogut has played in just 182 of a possible 312 games or 58.3 percent. What the Warriors need most is for Bogut to put together a 70-plus game season. And Priority 1A is for Bogut to resemble the player he once was which was one of the better centers in the NBA.At his best, Bogut has the potential to be an impact player up front for the Warriors. He has the ability to rebound, block shots and score a little bit. He also has a solid understanding of the game and is one of the leagues best passing big men.Perhaps most important, the Warriors need Bogut to be healthy because they dont have anybody behind him capable of being counted on at this stage. Andris Biedrins is coming off back-to-back ineffectual seasons, and it seems like a stretch to expect anything positive out of him for long stretches.The Warriors are hoping rookie Festus Ezeli can help at the five-spot, but hes likely a ways away from contributing consistently. The reality is that if you take a good, hard look at the Warriors roster, its tough to see them staying competitive for the long haul if Bogut isnt around for just about all of it.

2) Stephen Curry's health (coming Tuesday night)
3) Coach Mark Jackson (coming Wednesday morning)
4) Toughness (coming Wednesday afternoon)
5) Intangibles (coming Wednesday evening)

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not repeat as the NBA All-Star Game's 3-point shootout champion. 

In need of 19 points, Thompson managed only 18 -- that allowed Kemba Walker to advance into the semifinals. 

Houston's Eric Gordon had the high score of the first round. He went on to win the championship -- besting Kyrie Irving.

Thompson has made 182 3-pointers this season which ranks him fifth in the league. 

Draymond Green defends Kyrie Irving: Earth 'may be flat'

Draymond Green defends Kyrie Irving: Earth 'may be flat'

Kyrie Irving became a hot topic at All-Star weekend when the Cavs star point guard said he believes planet Earth is flat. No, really, he did

And it looks like Irving may not be alone. Speaking to the media Saturday, Draymond Green made it known he may be a flat-earth truther too. 

"I don't know. I haven't done enough research, but it may be flat," Green said

For those calling Irving's theory of a flat earth crazy, Green is looking at it in a much different way. 

"I wouldn't necessarily say crazy though," he continued with. "It's just his opinion. It's hard to call someone's opinion crazy, that's what he thinks. 

"Who’s to say that picture [from NASA] is telling the truth? I can make a round picture with my iPhone today, on the panoramic camera, and make it look round. So, I don’t know. I’m not saying I think it’s flat or round, I don’t know, but it could be.”

Green didn't say definitively that the earth is flat like Irving did, but he sure wouldn't say it's round.