Warriors November Report: David Lee’s Impact Is More Than “Big”

November 28th, 2010 by Simon Cherin-Gordon Leave a reply »
The Golden State Warriors have had a crazy four seasons. In 2006-07, they added a motivated Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington and powered their way into the second round of the playoffs, clinching on the last day and knocking off the NBA's top team in six games.

The next year, they reaped the benefits of having Jackson and Harrington all season and won 48 games behind Baron Davis' career year, only to miss the playoffs in the ridiculous West.

That was the calm before the storm.

The Warriors lost Baron Davis, Matt Barnes and Mickael Pietrus that summer. Monta Ellis crashed while riding a moped and missed 57 games, and Al Harrington was traded early in the season. The team continued to suffer from injuries at every position and won 29 games.

In 2009-10, after Stephen Jackson demanded a trade, the Warriors were in trouble. But by the end of the season, Jackson was just another casualty. Warriors players collectively sat out over 480 games due to injury, almost 200 more than any other team.

Injuries can often be a lame excuse for failure, but when you're starting three D-Leaguers a night, there isn't much a team can do.
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