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Despite Sunday’s Win, the Warriors Still Have a Chance to Keep Their Pick – Going to Take Some Help Though

Charles Jenkins played 48 minutes, totaling 24 points, 9 assists and six rebounds. Brandon Rush had 19 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. Dominic McGuire had 12 points, 7 rebounds and four assists.

Together, they helped the Warriors come from 21 points down to steal a 93-88 win at Minnesota, snapping an eight-game losing streak. They also landed a body blow to the Warriors’ chances at keeping their draft pick.

It is their fault Golden State fans are left in a quandry. Should they be happy their young players showed some moxie, made some key plays and got some valuable experience? Or should they be frustrated the Warriors perhaps just gave up a lottery pick in exchange for a meaningless win in a lost season?

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Both Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut to Have Surgery Next Week

The Warriors announced Saturday morning that both Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut will have arthroscopic surgery next week.

Curry’s surgery on his sprained right ankle will be Wednesday. Bogut’s fractured left ankle will be scoped on Friday. Both will be performed by specialist Dr. Richard Ferkle. As a result of the surgery, Bogut has been ruled out of the Olympics.

“Now is the time to do it,” Warriors general manager Larry Riley said. “You don’t want to get into July and August and say we should’ve scoped this thing.”

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Reality Has Set in For Stephen Curry; Sights Set on Next Season

After trying so hard to get back in the court, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry sounded as if he’d embraced the truth his season is over.

“You can ask our trainers and all that,” Curry said, “(about) me fighting them every day about how fast I need to get back to a certain level and how fast I need to be getting back on the court. And them keeping me patient. … Once we came to the conclusion we only had a week left and I wasn’t going to be able to play, I guess the decision was pretty much made for me.”

Curry is going to miss 40 games this season of that ankle. He sprained the ankle five times (at Sacramento on Dec. 20, vs. Chicago on Dec. 26, atPhoenixon February 22, and vs.Dallason March 19) this season. Last season, he missed a total of eight games thanks to four ankle sprains.

Like most Warriors fans, Curry’s sights are now set for next year. He now that he’s done for the year, everything will slow down. He said in about a month his ankle should be healed.

After that, his offseason will be largely dedicated to improving his durability of his ankle – maybe an hour a day of extra work just on the ankle. He said surgery is not needed now and he doubts it will be this offseason.

Curry said Summer League would be a good target date for him to test the ankle. Practicing with the team in Las Vegas would be his first NBA-level work since spraining his right ankle against visitingDallason March 10. Curry also vowed to wear a brace regularly next season.

“I wanted to go out and get some minutes, test it out and feel confident going into next season that the ankle’s going to hold up,” Curry said. “I just have to use my summer wisely to get to that point. I’ve got four months, so there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be ready to go by October.”

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Warriors GM Larry Riley on PG Stephen Curry: “He’s Making Progress But He’s Still Not 100 Percent.”

Warriors general manager Larry Riley said point guard Stephen Curry is likely done for the season.

Curry’s sprained right ankle, which has kept him out of the lineup the last 22 games, was re-evaluated Monday night. Riley said Curry’s ankle, though it is showing signs of progress, still isn’t 100 percent.

“It doesn’t appear he’ll get there by this (coming road) trip,” Riley said. “So it’s doubtful he’ll return this season.”

The three-game road trip, which starts Friday inDallas, was Curry’s last chance to play a meaningful stretch of games this season. Even if Curry were 100 percent when the team returned from the trip, Riley said he sees “no point” in playing Curry for just the final two games of the season.

“He still wants to play,” Riley said, “but he understands he’s not 100 percent.”

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The Return of Mikki Moore

The Warriors just announced the signing of free agent center Mikki Moore. He was averaging 11 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Idaho Stampede in the D-League.

You may remember the 7-footer from the 2009-10 season when he played with the Warriors. He started 20 of his 23 games, averaging 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 17.7 minutes. He was pretty good for the Warriors, too, before surgery to remove bone spurs in his right heel shut him down for the season.

Moore will wear No. 31 and be in uniform for the team’s home game tonight against the San Antonio Spurs.

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Undermanned, Undersized Warriors Make a Game of it Before Falling to Clippers, 112-104

Nate Robinson had 28 points, 8 assists and five rebounds. Brandon Rush has 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Dominic McGuire didn’t score, but had 11 rebounds and five assists and helped turn the game around.

Thanks to the trip off the bench, the undermanned Warriors put a scare into the host Los Angeles Clippers, eventually falling 112-104.

The Warriors played without forward David Lee, knocked out of the lineup by a strained groin. Golden State didn’t get much from rookie Jeremy Tyler or center Andris Biedrins, who combined for 4 points, 2 rebounds and 8 fouls in a combined 35 minutes. Yet, the Warriors were able to come behind from 19 down to make a game of it,

JACKSON: “We realize that we can’t win a checkers match right now. We’re not good enough. We have to stick to the game plan, work extremely hard and execute on both sides of the basketball. And we did that. Great things happen.”

Chris Paul scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 28 points, 13 assists and 3 steals. Blake Griffin had 20 points and 9 rebounds as the Clippers pounded the Warriors inside. Golden State was outrebounded.

But the Warriors stayed close with grit and 3-point shooting, knocking down 15 of 31 from behind the arc. Klay Thompson, who had 24 points, knocked down four 3-pointers. As did Dorell Wright, who had 23 points.

The Warriors’ bench, however, was the real difference maker. Golden State got 52 points, 25 rebounds and 17 assists from the reserves, most of which came from Robinson, Rush and McGuire.

JACKSON: “Those guys, they’ve been awesome all year long, particularly when we’ve been shorthanded. They’ve stepped up. Every night it doesn’t show on the stat sheet when you look at the numbers. But their body of work, their total effort, their approach, their professionalism. those are winning guys. their approach is contagious. I’m really happy for them getting the opportunity … Those guys were home, some of them, without a job. I don’t think that’s going to be the case anymore.”

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Andrew Bogut Interview: “There’s pressure … because I’ve got to bring it.”

Thursday, amid the commercial bustle of Dublin, Andrew Bogut and I stopped in Starbucks. The barista behind the counter marveled at the height of Golden State’s 7-foot, 245-pound center.

“How tall are you?” she asked.

“Eight feet.”

“Woooow,” she said, continuing to stare in amazement. “You’re like two of me.”

Over comes another barista, also enamored by Bogut’s size. He offers up the cliche small talk directed at tall humans.

“You should play basketball,” he said. “I know you’ve heard that before. … You ever play? You any good?”

“Naahh, not really,” Bogut responded.

Bogut is not at all above a joke or two. Another thing I learned from lunch with Golden State’s franchise center: he shoots it straight, he really knows basketball and he is not lacking in confidence. In between chomps at a burrito, he talked about defense, abusing then-Knick David Lee and getting dunked on by Blake Griffin.

Where do you rank?

I think Dwight’s No. 1. I think Bynum’s obviously taken over No. 2. For a while, it was me and Bynym, but I think Bynum’s solidified the NO. 2.

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