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Warriors blown out by Blazers; time to worry about worrying?

The Golden State Warriors, sans Harrison Barnes and David Lee, lose to the Portland Trail Blazers 90-74. Is it time to panic? Is the loss of Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry too much to overcome? Did Andre Iguodala's addition ruin the chemistry? My column:

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You've heard it all before. And before it's all over, we're likely to hear some more of it. It's the same tired storylines that anyone with a laptop can throw out. Did Andre Iguodala's addition ruin the magical chemistry that permeated the locker room of last season? Does Jarrett Jack's absence signal a death knell in late-game situations when isolations and hero-ball tend to take over? Did the fame and overexposure get to the player's heads? They are young and not used to this type of limelight. Hell, not even the veterans are. Is the weight of the pressure and expectations too much for an up-and-coming team? Ad freaking nauseam.

What's perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the Warriors is actually the unforeseen (just kidding) concerns with injuries. Although it isn't Stephen Curry or Andrew Bogut - though the latter suffered a tweak a few games ago - Harrison Barnes and David Lee are integral players on both sides of the ball. Lee appears okay but the team's insistence on its New England Patriots-esque level of secrecy on the injury report has caused many people to worry about the real nature of the the second-year wing player. I'm not a doctor and even if I were, it would make no difference considering all Mark Jackson has confirmed is a "foot inflammation". It could just be cramps, general soreness or something worse like plantar fascia.

After last year's circus with Bogut's ankle, the Warriors have shut down internal and external leakages on injury information. And even starting lineup information. There's no sense in worrying about a phantom injury, if it is so, and if it's confirmed a serious injury behind closed doors, role players like Draymond Green and Marreese Speights will land a larger role. All this is to note that the Warriors have the requisite talent to overcome these injuries. They happen to every team, and this year's version of the Dubs appear poised to overcome it with better depth and top-level talent.

Which is to state that, in a circular context, there are things the Warriors should worry about. But nothing that hasn't concerned them when Bob Myers constructed this team. Frontcourt depth is a problem. The bench will need to manufacture points. Mark Jackson will need to acclimate himself to staggering the starters in order to create the right lineups, which take time and games. Curry will shoot 16-45 in a seven-game stretch. These are obvious issues but none of which seem especially debilitating to a winning season.


As for the game itself, there wasn't much to note amongst the wreckage of missed shots and shoddy defense. It's tough to play without some semblance of urgency and it appears that's the case for the starters.

Odd considering how hard the Summer League team went to win their championship. But those are guys fighting for roster spots. Working out the kinks remains the top objective, and it doesn't seem like the Warriors are worried about the result as much as they feel they need to go through the right process, even if it's a bit bumpy at times. With less than a week to go before the first regular-season game, let's hope they can "get it together", if it was ever lost.

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