Trans. Apr 16 10:30 ET (Apr 16 10:30 ET ) 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.
The Scoop:The broken rib is close to his lung and he could risk puncturing his right lung by playing. And since it generally takes a broken rib about six weeks to heal, Bogut sounds extremely doubtful to play again this season. It's a tough blow for the Dubs, and means Jermaine O'Neal and Marreese Speights are going to see a lot of minutes in the postseason.
As the buzzer sounded at the end of the final home game of the regular season, players surrounded Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson for a group hug - then began jumping and dancing around him. Stephen Curry had 32 points and 15 assists, rallying the Warriors from 19 points down in the first half to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-120 on Monday night to touch off the celebration. ''Some of them never hit 50, and I don't want to be prophetic, but some of them, there's a chance they won't ever hit 50 again.'' After learning that center Andrew Bogut could miss the playoffs with a fractured right rib, the Warriors (50-31) withstood a strong start by Kevin Love to secure the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They finish the regular season Wednesday at Denver before beginning the postseason at the Los Angeles Clippers or Oklahoma City this weekend.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Reserve forward Draymond Green connected on a career-best four 3-pointers, including a critical right-corner jumper with 5:16 to go Monday night, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 130-120 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves that clinched the sixth playoff spot. The Warriors, who recorded a first-round playoff upset of Denver as the 6-seed a year ago, will face either the Los Angeles Clippers or Oklahoma City Thunder in the first-round, best-of-7 series. No matter who they play, the Warriors learned earlier in the day that they will go into the series without starting center Andrew Bogut, who has been diagnosed with a broken rib suffered in last Thursday's loss to Denver. Without Bogut, the Warriors offered little defensive resistance against the Timberwolves, who entered the game 40-40, needing to win their final two games to post their first winning season since 2004-05.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors' playoff run likely will start without Andrew Bogut. Bogut said he got hurt Thursday in the Warriors' 100-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets, but he played through the injury Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers and Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers. Coach Mark Jackson said the Warriors will move forward without Bogut's Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman, whose team played the Warriors on Monday, said Bogut's absence will be tough for Golden State to overcome.
(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors received some bad news ahead of the NBA playoffs on Monday with the team announcing that starting center Andrew Bogut has suffered a fractured rib and is out indefinitely. The 7ft (2.13m) Australian sustained the injury during Sunday's 119-117 overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and X-rays taken of the injury a day later confirmed the fracture. Golden State has not given a timeline on Bogut's healing process but the setback comes at an inopportune time, with the post-season set to begin this weekend. The Warriors are currently the sixth seed in the Western Conference but face competition from Dallas and Memphis for that spot with two games of the regular season remaining.
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Crawford's 41 points leads Warriors over Nuggets (The Associated Press) (1 Day Ago | courtesy: The Associated Press) Jordan Crawford scored a career-high 41 points and Harrison Barnes added 30 as a squad of Golden State backups beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 116-112 Wednesday night. He surpassed it with a runner that put the Warriors ahead for good at 110-108. The Nuggets thought they tied it up at 115 with seven seconds left when Draymond Green was whistled for goaltending on Randy Foye's 3-pointer, but the call was overturned upon review. Anthony Randolph added 19 points for the Nuggets, who are missing the playoff party for the first time since 2002-03, the year before Carmelo Anthony's arrival. More...