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Curry says he’ll be ready for season, Warriors a playoff team

Aug 17, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

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Are the Golden State Warriors a playoff team next season? Can they beat out teams like Dallas, Utah and Minnesota for one of the final spots in the Western Conference?

Maybe. A lot of that rests on the health of Stephen Curry’s ankle. And Andrew Bogut‘s health also. Both of them need to play 70 games or more next season for there to be a serious “Warriors in the playoffs” conversation. Curry played just 26 games last season, Bogut has missed nearly half the Bucks games the past three years. Both are coming off surgery.

Curry, for his part, tells Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com (in a two-part Q&A) he is not yet playing 5-on-5 but will be before training camp opens. And he feels ready.

”I’m feeling great. I know I’ve said it before … but, being out since March, having surgery in April and my last two-and-a-half months of rehab, it’s been a good process and I’m being patient with it. Right now, being able to doing a fullcourt workout and not having any soreness and tightness, it’s very optimistic where I’m at. It can only get better because there’s still five weeks till training camp.”

So he’ll be ready to go when the Golden State season starts on Halloween night in Phoenix.

About making the playoffs….

”Size-wise we match up with just about any team in the league. You don’t have the questions of the small backcourt going into the season. I think we can be really good. If you look at the talent we have, there are guys who have established themselves in the league. I think we are a playoff team. It’s easy to say that and you have to make it happen. Looking at the West it’s still tough. Some teams have shifted a little bit, but it’s still a tough conference to grab a playoff spot, but that’s our goal, to figure out a way to get in there.”

A healthy Warriors team has a chance. The problem is the West is deep with good teams — the Thunder, Lakers, Clippers, Spurs, Nuggets and Grizzlies are pretty much playoff locks. That just leaves a couple slots left and good teams like Dallas, Utah and a rising Minnesota that the Warriors need to outwork for a spot.

That’s a tall order. Curry’s ankle needs to be up to the task to continue this playoff conversation past the All-Star Game.

  1. dunkindan - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Purest shooter in the league

    • borderline1988 - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      What about Jason Kapono? He may not ever get on the court, but just basing it on pure ability to get the ball into the basket beyond the 3 point line…he was perhaps the greatest in history.

      Remember that video of Kapono practicing for the 3 point contest when he was on the Raptors, and he nailed all 25 shots?

  2. jimmydixx12 - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Don’t talk about it. Just do it.

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