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Golden State of the Warriors: Back for the First Time

The headline is not a typo. It’s a clever (my own adjective) pun I’ve devised to name what I hope will be a recurring Monday column here at BMH. The plan will be to provide a synopsis of the week that was, what’s ahead and how we should feel about the state of the team. The winds of change in the NBA are capricious, so a regular check-up on the squad, such as this, will help us all keep our bearings on the season. Join me, won’t you?

Last week, the Warriors notched a pair of preseason victories over the Utah Jazz and Israeli professional team Maccabi Haifa. In the former, Harrison Barnes displayed a nasty little post-up game that nobody knew he had, Festus Ezeli buried any possibility of Andris Biedrins ever seeing the floor by playing well and Stephen Curry made his 2012-13 debut. In the latter, Barnes eared his first preseason start and responded with 20 efficient points. Ezeli had an awesome game and Curry posted a double-double in 22 minutes. Those three have been the most interesting players so far—the rookies because of their development and Curry because of his recovery.

Also exciting from last week: the rookies got hazed! Ezeli stole the show during the Warriors’ annual open practice tradition by knocking out an excellent rendition of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” in front of the 5,000 fans who attended.

Looking ahead, the Warriors have a meeting with the Denver Nuggets tonight, Sacramento on Wednesday and the Blazers on Friday. Watch for coach Mark Jackson to continue to juggle the lineup in an effort to figure out what to do with the position battle between Barnes and Brandon Rush. Other than that, the rotation appears set and the rest of the preseason will be about avoiding injury, getting in shape and (hopefully) getting Andrew Bogut on the floor.

For the big Aussie, there’s still a firm “no contact allowed” rule in place and he’s not playing any five-on-five yet. That could change any day, depending on how his ankle continues to respond to workouts which are increasing in intensity and duration during practice.

Overall, things are looking promising in Warriorland, with Bogut’s injury remaining the only source of real trepidation. Stay tuned to for progress reports on that front.

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