Golden State Warriors fans everywhere are hopeful that center Andrew Bogut and point guard Stephen Curry will share the court more often than not this season. Both Bogut and Curry missed most of last season with ankle injuries, and the Warriors chances of success this season are directly tied to the health of Bogut and Curry. Unfortunately for the Warriors and their fans, neither player appears to be exactly healthy at this point.
Bogut did not play a single minute during the preseason, and Curry missed Golden State's final two exhibition games. If the preseason winds up being any indication of the relative health of either Bogut or Curry, it will be a long season for the Warriors. Golden State needs both Bogut and Curry to be healthy for the Warriors to have any shot at securing the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
If Curry misses substantial time this season, the Warriors do have an experienced backup in Jarrett Jack who can run the team and hopefully keep them afloat. But if Bogut misses games, Golden State does not have a serviceable big man to pick up the slack. Andris Biedrins has seemingly lost all of his confidence, and rookie Festus Ezeli isn't ready to provide consistent production on the NBA stage.
If both Bogut and Curry miss more games than they play this season, rookie forward Harrison Barnes, second-year guard Klay Thompson and fifth-year pro Brandon Rush will have to shoot the ball extremely well for the Warriors to manufacture enough points just to stay competitive.
The health of Bogut and Curry is Golden State's biggest concern this season. If they can both get, and remain, healthy, the Warriors will have a legitimate chance at making the playoffs for the first time since 2007. But if their ankle woes linger throughout the season, Golden State's postseason drought will continue for a sixth year.
Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2012-2013 Golden State Warriors:
Game 1, Wednesday, October 31 at Phoenix Suns- Warriors begin their season with a road win over the Suns (Record 1-0).
Game 2, Friday, November 2 versus Memphis Grizzlies- Warriors fall to the Grizzlies for the seventh straight time (Record 1-1).
Game 3, Saturday, November 3 at Los Angeles Clippers- Warriors drop the second half of a back-to-back to Chris Paul and the Clippers (Record 1-2).
Game 4, Monday, November 5 at Sacramento Kings- Warriors get a road win over the Kings (Record 2-2).
Game 5, Wednesday, November 7 versus Cleveland Cavaliers- Warriors get a home win over the Cavaliers at Oracle Arena (Record 3-2).
Game 6, Friday, November 9 at Los Angeles Lakers- Warriors fall to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers at the Staples Center for the ninth consecutive time (Record 3-3).
Game 7, Saturday, November 10 versus Denver Nuggets- Warriors get a quality home win over the visiting Nuggets (Record 4-3).
Game 8, Wednesday, November 14 versus Atlanta Hawks- Warriors close a 2-0 homestand with a victory over the Hawks (Record 5-3).
Game 9, Friday, November 16 at Minnesota Timberwolves- Warriors open a three-game road trip with a loss to the Timberwolves (Record 5-4).
Game 10, Sunday, November 18 at Oklahoma City Thunder- Warriors lose the first half of a back-to-back to Kevin Durant and the Thunder (Record 5-5).
Game 11, Monday, November 19 at Dallas Mavericks- Warriors play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to the Mavericks (Record 5-6).
Game 12, Wednesday, November 21 versus Brooklyn Nets- Warriors get a home win over the Nets (Record 6-6).
Game 13, Friday, November 23 at Denver Nuggets- Warriors visit the Mile High City and fall to the Nuggets (Record 6-7).
Game 14, Saturday, November 24 versus Minnesota Timberwolves- Warriors defeat the Timberwolves in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 7-7).
Game 15, Thursday, November 29 versus Denver Nuggets- Warriors drop a home game to Ty Lawson and the Nuggets (Record 7-8).
Game 16, Saturday, December 1 versus Indiana Pacers- Warriors open December with a loss to the Pacers (Record 7-9).
Game 17, Monday, December 3 versus Orlando Magic- Warriors defeat the Magic to close a 2-2 homestand (Record 8-9).
Game 18, Wednesday, December 5 at Detroit Pistons- Warriors open a seven-game road trip with a victory over the Pistons (Record 9-9).
Game 19, Friday, December 7 at Brooklyn Nets- Warriors fall to Deron William and the Nets in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 9-10).
Game 20, Saturday, December 8 at Washington Wizards- Warriors get a road win over John Wall and the Wizards at the Verizon Center (Record 10-10).
Game 21, Monday, December 10 at Charlotte Bobcats- Warriors play for the third time in four nights and lose to the Bobcats (Record 10-11).
Game 22, Wednesday, December 12 at Miami Heat- Warriors fall to LeBron James and the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena (Record 10-12).
Game 23, Friday, December 14 at Orlando Magic- Warriors defeat the Magic in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 11-12).
Game 24, Saturday, December 15 at Atlanta Hawks- Warriors close a 3-4 road trip with a loss to the Hawks (Record 11-13).
Game 25, Tuesday, December 18 versus New Orleans Hornets- Warriors get a home win over Hornets (Record 12-13).
Game 26, Wednesday, December 19 at Sacramento Kings- Warriors drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Kings (Record 12-14).
Game 27, Friday, December 21 versus Charlotte Bobcats- Warriors defeat the Bobcats at Oracle Arena (Record 13-14).
Game 28, Saturday, December 22 versus Los Angeles Lakers- Warriors play for the fourth time in five nights and drop a home game to Dwight Howard and the Lakers (Record 13-15).
Game 29, Wednesday, December 26 at Utah Jazz- Warriors fall to the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena (Record 13-16).
Game 30, Friday, December 28 versus Philadelphia 76ers- Warriors drop the first half of a back-to-back to Andrew Bynum and the 76ers (Record 13-17).
Game 31, Saturday, December 29 versus Boston Celtics- Warriors play for the third time in four nights and lose a home game to the Celtics (Record 13-18).
Game 32, Wednesday, January 2 versus Los Angeles Clippers- Warriors close a 1-2 homestand with a victory over the Clippers (Record 14-18).
Game 33, Saturday, January 5 at Los Angeles Clippers- Warriors defeat the Clippers at the Staples Center (Record 15-18).
Game 34, Wednesday, January 9 versus Memphis Grizzlies- Warriors get a solid home win over the Grizzlies (Record 16-18).
Game 35, Friday, January 11 versus Portland Trail Blazers- Warriors close a brief 2-0 homestand with a victory over the Trail Blazers (Record 17-18).
Game 36, Sunday, January 13 at Denver Nuggets- Warriors drop a road game to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center (Record 17-19).
Game 37, Wednesday, January 16 versus Miami Heat- Warriors lose a home game to the Heat (Record 17-20).
Game 38, Friday, January 18 at San Antonio Spurs- Warriors fall to the Spurs in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 17-21).
Game 39, Saturday, January 19 at New Orleans Hornets- Warriors suffer a road loss to the Hornets at New Orleans Arena (Record 17-22).
Game 40, Monday, January 21 versus Los Angeles Clippers- Warriors play for the third time in four nights and drop a home game to the Clippers (Record 17-23).
Game 41, Wednesday, January 23 versus Oklahoma City Thunder- Warriors close a brief two-game homestand with an impressive win over the Thunder (Record 18-23).
Game 42, Friday, January 25 at Chicago Bulls- Warriors open a four-game road trip with a loss to the Bulls (Record 18-24).
Game 43, Saturday, January 26 at Milwaukee Bucks- Warriors defeat the Bucks at the Bradley Center for the first time since January 19, 2008 (Record 19-24).
Game 44, Monday, January 28 at Toronto Raptors- Warriors play their third road game in four nights and fall to the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre (Record 19-25).
Game 45, Tuesday, January 29 at Cleveland Cavaliers- Warriors drop the second half of a back-to-back to Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers (Record 19-26).
Game 46, Thursday, January 31 versus Dallas Mavericks- Warriors close January with a loss to Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks (Record 19-27).
Game 47, Saturday, February 2 versus Phoenix Suns- Warriors get a home win over the Suns (Record 20-27).
Game 48, Tuesday, February 5 at Houston Rockets- Warriors open a four-game road trip with a loss to Jeremy Lin and the Rockets (Record 20-28).
Game 49, Wednesday, February 6 at Oklahoma City Thunder- Warriors drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Thunder (Record 20-29).
Game 50, Friday, February 8 at Memphis Grizzlies- Warriors lose to the Grizzlies at the FedExForum for the eighth consecutive time (Record 20-30).
Game 51, Saturday, February 9 at Dallas Mavericks- Warriors play their fourth road game in five nights and fall to the Mavericks (Record 20-31).
Game 52, Tuesday, February 12 versus Houston Rockets- Warriors get a close win over the Rockets (Record 21-31).
Game 53, Tuesday, February 19 at Utah Jazz- Warriors open the second half of the season with a loss to the Jazz (Record 21-32).
Game 54, Wednesday, February 20 versus Phoenix Suns- Warriors defeat the Suns in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 22-32).
Game 55, Friday, February 22 versus San Antonio Spurs- Warriors close a 2-0 homestand with a victory over the Spurs (Record 23-32).
Game 56, Sunday, February 24 at Minnesota Timberwolves- Warriors beat Kevin Love and the Timberwolves in the first game of a five-game road trip (Record 24-32).
Game 57, Tuesday, February 26 at Indiana Pacers- Warriors fall to the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the sixth straight time (Record 24-33).
Game 58, Wednesday, February 27 at New York Knicks- Warriors drop the second half of a back-to-back to Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks (Record 24-34).
Game 59, Friday, March 1 at Boston Celtics- Warriors fall to the Celtics at the TD Garden for the fifth consecutive time (Record 24-35).
Game 60, Saturday, March 2 at Philadelphia 76ers- Warriors play their third game in four nights and lose to the 76ers (Record 24-36).
Game 61, Monday, March 4 versus Toronto Raptors- Warriors beat the Raptors at Oracle Arena for the eighth straight time (Record 25-36).
Game 62, Wednesday, March 6 versus Sacramento Kings- Warriors get a home win over the Kings (Record 26-36).
Game 63, Friday, March 8 versus Houston Rockets- Warriors defeat the Rockets in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 27-36).
Game 64, Saturday, March 9 versus Milwaukee Bucks- Warriors play for the third time in four nights and fall to the Bucks (Record 27-37).
Game 65, Monday, March 11 versus New York Knicks- Warriors drop a home game to the Knicks (Record 27-38).
Game 66, Wednesday, March 13 versus Detroit Pistons- Warriors rebound with a victory over Greg Monroe and the Pistons (Record 28-38).
Game 67, Friday, March 15 versus Chicago Bulls- Warriors close a 4-3 homestand with a loss to the Bulls (Record 28-39).
Game 68, Sunday, March 17 at Houston Rockets- Warriors defeat the Rockets to open a three-game road trip (Record 29-39).
Game 69, Monday, March 18 at New Orleans Hornets- Warriors beat the Hornets and successfully complete a back-to-back (Record 30-39).
Game 70, Wednesday, March 20 at San Antonio Spurs- Warriors lose to the Spurs in San Antonio for the 29th consecutive time (Record 30-40).
Game 71, Saturday, March 23 versus Washington Wizards- Warriors get a home win over the Wizards (Record 31-40).
Game 72, Monday, March 25 versus Los Angeles Lakers- Warriors lose to the Lakers at Oracle Arena (Record 31-41).
Game 73, Wednesday, March 27 versus Sacramento Kings- Warriors fall to DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings (Record 31-42).
Game 74, Saturday, March 30 versus Portland Trail Blazers- Warriors defeat LaMarcus Aldridge and the Trail Blazers (Record 32-42).
Game 75, Wednesday, April 3 versus New Orleans Hornets- Warriors close a 3-2 homestand with a victory over Anthony Davis and the Hornets (Record 33-42).
Game 76, Friday, April 5 at Phoenix Suns- Warriors fall to the Suns at the US Airways Center (Record 33-43).
Game 77, Sunday, April 7 versus Utah Jazz- Warriors drop a home game to the Jazz (Record 33-44).
Game 78, Tuesday, April 9 versus Minnesota Timberwolves- Warriors fall to the Timberwolves at Oracle Arena (Record 33-45).
Game 79, Thursday, April 11 versus Oklahoma City Thunder- Warriors close an 0-3 homestand with a loss to the Thunder (Record 33-46).
Game 80, Friday, April 12 at Los Angeles Lakers- Warriors lose to the Lakers in their penultimate road game of the season (Record 33-47).
Game 81, Monday, April 15 versus San Antonio Spurs- Warriors defeat the Spurs in their home finale (Record 34-47).
Game 82, Wednesday, April 17 at Portland Trail Blazers- Warriors close the season with a road win over the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden (Record 35-47).
Prediction: The Golden State Warriors will post a sub-.500 record for the fifth consecutive season and miss the playoffs for the sixth straight time.
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