Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Warriors; when winning isn't enough

Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Isn't the standard screed when ripping on the NBA or the NHL, the fact that the regular season is so meaningless, that everybody who is .500 or better makes the playoffs? So why is it that Golden State roaring along at a .630 clip is desperately clinging to the last playoff spot in the West by a finger roll? Tonight they ready themselves for Canada's best, the Toronto Raptors at the Oracle Arena.

The Warriors can't win for losing--they have a winning record in conference, a winning record in league, a winning record at home, a winning record on the road, they win when they lead at halftime, and only one game below when they aren't leading at halftime. They are on pace to win 50 games in an 82 game season, and still will only achieve their post-season dreams if they can survive a death march through the Western Conference bullies in the next three weeks.

Naturally all the Winning of the west is balanced by the Least in the East, where the Atlanta Hawks hold the same position in the standings as the Blue and Gold (and Orange) while maintaining a record about ten games below sea level.

So while Golden State fans wandered a decade in the wilderness, to finally emerge with a winner last year; it is cruel irony that winning a lot may still not be enough.

The one thing keeping the Warriors from gripping a mortal lock on the last playoff spot is their spotty play against crappy teams; losses to Chicago, Charlotte and Atlanta have made them more vulnerable than they ought to be. The good news; if our locals survive the gauntlet and make the post-season, they should be home free, as Golden State knows from its sad recent history; they don't let terrible teams into the playoffs.— Kibby Kleiman

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