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OPEN THREAD: Preseason Game #1 - Warriors vs Lakers

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Yea , the graphic says tomorrow, but it's TONIGHT!

Warriors (W-L): 0-0 (preseason)

Lakers (W-L): 0-0 (preseason)

Warriors Roundtable: 9:30PM PST (FSN)

Tipoff: 10:00PM PST (FSN)


Wow, it's been such a long time since there was some real live Warriors action. At least this offseason was one month shorter than the previous years thanks to the playoff series versus the Mavs and Jazz. We start fresh this year with many new faces replacing some of the old and familiar. Many of the favorites from last year are back while a few others will now be with the team for the entire year.

Just like Don Nelson said in Training Camp: Day 3 Practice Video, "The first 2 games of the preseason are the most important of the season." Amen, sir. Amen. This game couldn't be more important. Heck even, GSoM friend, Dave, over at Blazers Edge thought enough of preseason games to write The Ten Commandments of Pre-Season. Here's the first commandment:

THOU SHALT NOT believe anything you read in glowing reports about returning players until thou hast seen it demonstrated with thine own eyes during the regular season...repeatedly. Everybody is talented in the off-season.


All kidding aside, I'm really excited just to see the new guys. Usually we do predictions, but that doesn't seem appropriate. So I'll give you few things I'm looking for today and the rest of the preseason. Feel free to share yours in the comments.

  • Is Belinelli's shot as good as advertised?
  • Can Stephane Lasme block and change shots in the paint?
  • Will I finally get to see Brandan Wright play after missing the Summer League with an injury?
  • Will Troy Hudson be able to run and gun with the Warriors to be an adequate backup to Baron?
  • Is Austin Croshere a hired hitman and will he take out Kobe this game?
  • Will Kosta Coast, or as Baron refers to him, 19, make the team?
  • Is all this talk about Notorious POB playing well for real?
  • Last but not least, should we extend Biedrins or wait until next summer?

Drop your comments before, during, and after the game in this open thread.

GO DUBS!



UPDATE: [Atma Brother #1] Make sure to check out what our friends at Lakers super-blog Forum Blue and Gold have to say about tonight's preseason festivities.

UPDATE2: Also see what Adam Lauridsen has to say about the preseason.

Focus on the attitude. Despite what I’ve written above, I think you can learn some things about a team from training camp. When a group comes in already focused and committed, it can only help them prepare for the season. The Warriors’ players have set the tone for the camp and nothing has knocked them off message.


UPDATE3:

Warriors Win! 111-110
Thanks to a last second shot by Troy Hudson!

Final Box Score

Stay tuned for the recap!