Monday, October 31, 2005

Starters not quite in mint condition

Injury problems have already limited the starters minutes this preseason, so it may take awhile for the Warriors to get into the groove.
For all the anticipation surrounding the Warriors' season opener this week, Mike Montgomery didn't sound like a happy coach Saturday. As he tried to evaluate his starting lineup and the progress it has made, two things kept getting in the way.

First, he isn't sure how healthy some of his starters are.

Second, he isn't sure how long they'll last in a game.

"Right now, I don't know if our core guys could go 38, 40 minutes."

And so, three days before the season starts, the Warriors have some conditioning issues. Instead of using exhibition games to build minutes up, Golden State went the other way. It had its starting lineup intact for two games, but injuries and illness derailed the plans.


At 8:44 PM, Blogger mikej said...

Now this is some serious stuff. Baron has to be able to play 40 minutes, period, or we don't make the playoffs. Foyle's missed time poses less of a problem but still matters, especially in light of Biedrin's tendency to collect fouls. We need to get that conditioning piece in place even if the reduced emphasis on game preparation costs us a game or two at the start of the season.


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