Trans. Apr 17 1:02 ET (Apr 17 1:02 ET ) A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C : HoopsAnalyst . Are the 2013-14 Atlanta Hawks the worst eighth playoff seed of the modern era? Somehow, strangely, no. PF : The Detroit News . In contrasting a previous television report, Vincent Goodwill is telling his readers that Grant Hill has no interest taking on a gig as Detroit Pistons general manager. Whatever his interest, anything would be better than Grant Hill slumming on ‘Inside Stuff.’ SF : SB Nation . Holy lord I don’t know where to start just watch this brilliant thing Jon Bois did with Kobe Bryant meeting up with a version of himself from 16 years ago via a video game please watch this. SG : Sports Illustrated . This is Lee Jenkins writing about Joakim Noah, with both of them in their primes. Assuming Lee Jenkins will ever move out of his writing prime. You should probably read this. PG : Minnesota Star-Tribune . As we discussed last week , we’ve probably watched Rick Adelman coach his final NBA game. 6th : SB Nation . Yes, it’s true that Carmelo Anthony is frustrated with the New York Knicks. Anyone should be, after a season like that. This is also a man who would have to turn down a five-year, $129 million contract to play for a storied franchise in a wonderful city under Phil Jackson. It’s April. We’ll come back to Carmelo in July. 7th : New York Post . Full disclosure: Clarence Gaines Jr. is the uncle of one of my best friends, but it’s not bias that is influencing me in telling Knicks fans that he is a scout and executive that can truly help Phil Jackson in so many beneficial ways as he works toward his first offseason as Knicks personnel boss. 8th : Grantland . Zach Lowe represents us silly League Pass folk in breaking down all the wonderful and not-so-passable things about the NBA’s 2013-14 regular season. A lovely read that I’ll be giving another look-over, as you should too. 9th : Hardwood Paroxysm . Jack Winter echoes what the three of us talked about earlier on Thursday: Andrew Bogut will be terribly missed by the Golden State Warriors in this postseason. 10th : Akron Beacon-Journal . Kyrie Irving gives the sort of milquetoast responses you’d respect about his future in Cleveland after yet another frustrating year with the Cavaliers.
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DENVER -- Guard Jordan Crawford scored a career-high 41 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets 116-112 to enter the playoffs on a winning note. Forward Harrison Barnes also had a career high with 30 for the Warriors, whose postseason fate was determined when Oklahoma City edged Detroit for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. Golden State, the No. 6 seed, will open the first round in Los Angeles on Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors (51-31) finished 2-2 against L.A., but the Warriors will be without center Andrew Bogut, making it tougher to go against Clippers' big men Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
Before the Golden State Warriors figure out how to succeed in the first round of the playoffs without starting center Andrew Bogut, they'll look to conclude the regular season with their most victories in 22 years. The Warriors will try to top the 50-win mark Wednesday night when they visit the Denver Nuggets. Last season, Golden State (50-31) upset third-seeded Denver in its first playoff series since 2007. While the Nuggets (36-45) won't be returning to the postseason, the Warriors are headed to the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since 1991-1992 as the No. 6 seed.
That might as well be the new mantra for the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs. With center Andrew Bogut out for the foreseeable future with a fractured right rib, the Warriors are searching for a way to replace their best interior defender in a rotation that already lacks big men. Warriors coach Mark Jackson has flirted with smaller lineups late this season, and playing ''small ball'' in the playoffs could be his only option when backup center Jermaine O'Neal is not on the floor. ''The thing that we're going to have to make sure we do is battle defensively when we go with that lineup in the paint area.'' The Warriors (50-31) play at Denver in their regular-season finale Wednesday night.
A fractured right rib will sideline Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut for the start of the playoffs and possibly deep into the postseason. Bogut is out indefinitely, coach Mark Jackson said, following X-rays Monday night. Bogut gave a more definitive picture of his situation, and it is gloomy for Golden State. You'll see me in the hospital with a tube coming out of me," said Bogut, who said he experiences sharp, intense pain when he coughs and sneezes.