Where will the Warriors finish in the Western Conference?

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Where will the Warriors finish in the Western Conference?

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?

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr is no closer to resuming full-time duties than he was a week ago, or even a month ago.

Out since April 23, when he announced he was taking a leave of absence to address chronic pain in the wake of multiple back surgeries nearly two years ago, Kerr has been a constant presence the past two weeks but not on the bench during games.

“He’s doing everything but coaching, but at this point, he’s not able to coach,” general manager Bob Myers said Thursday after practice. “I wish could say that he was. I’m sure he wishes he could as well. But that’s where we are.

“If something changes and he feels better, I’ll sit here or, better -- he would sit here -- and tell you. But right now, I can’t say that he’s going to be coaching.”

Though Kerr did not address media Thursday, he indicated earlier this week that he would be comfortable going into the NBA Finals, which begin June 1, with acting head coach Mike Brown at the helm.

“We’re 12-0,” Kerr told NBCSportsBayArea.com. “I feel great about where the team is. I know we can play better. I think the challenge we’re about to face, one way or the other, is going to take us to another level.”

The Warriors under Kerr finished the regular season with a league-best 67-15 mark, earning the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs. Kerr coached Games 1 and 2 of the first round against Portland before surrendering head coaching duties to Brown.

The Warriors are 10-0 since Brown took over, 27-1 over their last 28 games since March 11.

Still, they would like Kerr to regain health and join them in their quest for a second championship in three years.

“It’s hard for me; I’m kind of in this basketball mode,” Myers said. “But he’s a person and he’s not feeling well. And that’s what makes it hard. More than how it reflects on our team is how he’s feeling that makes it very difficult to have to sit here and say that the man that’s hugely responsible for us being in The Finals for three years in a row, in a moment that he should be treasuring, can’t do it.

“It’s painful. And I know it’s painful for him, more than anybody. And I wish and he wishes and I’m sure you guys do, too, that there was something that could get him there. But right now, we’re not at that point.”

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

BOSTON -- LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan's accomplishments is simply personal motivation. It's not about wanting to establish himself as the NBA's greatest player.

James spoke Thursday during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

If the Cavaliers advance, James would be making a seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

He said his goal is not about passing Jordan in titles, points or MVP awards. James is 28 points shy of overtaking Jordan as the postseason's leading scorer. With 40 more points, James could also become the first player in NBA history to score 6,000 points in the playoffs.

But the Cavaliers superstar says his pursuit is about leaving a legacy to motivate the next generation of players.

"It's just my personal goal to keep me motivated, that's all," James said. "You guys are gonna have the conversations about who's the greatest of all time and things of that nature, it doesn't matter to me."

He also said he believes that the greatness conversation is discussed more often in the NBA than in other sports.

"It's never talked about (in the) NFL, who's the greatest quarterback. It's just like (Dan) Marino, (John) Elway, (Peyton) Manning, (Tom) Brady - all great quarterbacks. It should be the same for us," James said. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night.

"The comparison of always trying to compare people, either living or still playing or not playing - I think it's great for barbershops."