Golden State Warriors off to surprising start

Perhaps the Los Angeles Lakers are not the league's biggest enigma. It could be another Pacific Division team — the Golden State Warriors.
BY JOHN ROHDE Staff Writer jrohde@opubco.com Published: December 15, 2012
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photo - Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) celebrates with teammate Jarrett Jack against the Miami Heat during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, in Miami. The Warriors won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rhona Wise) ORG XMIT: AAA108
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) celebrates with teammate Jarrett Jack against the Miami Heat during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, in Miami. The Warriors won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rhona Wise) ORG XMIT: AAA108

All this has transpired without center Andrew Bogut, the No. 1 draft pick of 2005 who had microfracture ankle surgery last April. He remains out indefinitely, potentially all season. Veteran forward Richard Jefferson is out indefinitely with a strained right calf. Forward Brandon Rush, a top defender, suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second game.

The Warriors have five players averaging double-digits points and nine active players averaging double-digit minutes.

Forward David Lee (19.2 points; 11.5 rebounds) remains a double-double machine. Guard Stephen Curry leads the team in points (19.8), assists (6.3), steals (1.6), 3-point percentage (.433) and free-throw percentage (.891). Second-year guard Klay Thompson (16.1 ppg; 4.2 rpg) is a budding star.

So far so good for the Warriors, but more than 70 percent of the regular season still remains. The key will be if Golden State is able to hold court inside rowdy Oracle Arena after playing 15 of its 24 first games on the road.

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WARRIORS BY THE NUMBERS

1 — Number of team nicknames — Warriors

3 — Number of franchise locations — Philadelphia (1946-62), San Francisco (1962-71), Oakland (1971-present)

3 — Number of NBA championships — 1946-47; 1955-56; 1974-75

13 — Number of Hall of Famers who have played for franchise at various times

28 — Playoff appearances (in 67 seasons)

47.2; 41.5; 25.1 — Career averages in minutes, points and rebounds per game for all-time franchise leader Wilt Chamberlain

807 — Career games for franchise leader Chris Mullin

4,855 — Career assists for franchise leader Guy Rodgers

5,010 — Career free throws for franchise leader Paul Arizin

12,771 — Career rebounds for franchise leader Nate Thurmond

14,392 — Career field-goal attempts for franchise leader Rick Barry

1978 — Year the Warriors last won five straight road games until this year

1997 — Year the last time a Golden State player was selected to the All-Star Game (Latrell Sprewell)

Source: http://basketball-reference.com

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