The Golden State Warriors Are Competing in Spite of Injuries

December 7th, 2009 by Simon B. Leave a reply »
The six win and 13 loss Warriors are one of the best shooting and scoring teams in the league and yet they continue to lose close games.  The many injuries to would-be starters have left the team susceptible to matchup problems and over-using their healthy players. 

Numbers were initially a source of strength to start the season, but with half of the roster in street clothes, the Warriors are forced to play their remaining players heavy minutes and that has led to some late game collapses.

Rebounding Woes

Lacking front court depth due to injuries and a general size disadvantage, the Warriors are last in the NBA in rebounding rate, retrieving only 45.3 percent of missed shots.   

Sidelined center, Andris Biedrins, is a walking double-double who blocks shots and plays hard-nosed defense.

Last year he averaged 11.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, only 1.8 turnovers, and a strong 30 minutes per game (avoiding fouls at all costs).  Besides the return to full heal ...

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