War­riors Qui­etly Mak­ing Push for 1st Play­off Ap­pear­ance in 12 Years

The Washington Post Sunday - - Professional Basketball -

The Nets have had enough play­off suc­cess in the past decade to make most or­ga­ni­za­tions jeal­ous.

The Rap­tors have only been around since 1995 and have had their share of play­off ex­pe­ri­ences al­ready.

The Clip­pers got a healthy taste last sea­son, mak­ing a post­sea­son ap­pear­ance this sea­son less of a ne­ces­sity.

So what team is most des­per­ate for a play­off spot this year?

That would be the Golden State War­riors. It has been 12 sea­sons since Golden State has last par­tic­i­pated. War­riors fans have had to settle for vague mem­o­ries of Tim Har­d­away, Chris Mullin, Chris Web­ber and La­trell Sprewell. More fresh in their minds are the not-so-bril­liant lot­tery picks of Todd Fuller, Adonal Foyle, Mike Dun­leavy and Pa­trick O’Bryant since their last play­off ap­pear­ance.

So it’s no won­der the War­riors are des­per­ately try­ing to put to­gether a late-sea­son run that sneaks them into the play­offs and gives Bay Area folk some new mem­o­ries.

Golden State is sit­ting just be­hind the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers for the fi­nal spot in the West­ern Con­fer­ence play­offs.

They haven’t re­ceived much na- tional at­ten­tion this sea­son, de­spite hav­ing one of the league’s best coaches, Don Nelson, run­ning the team and one of the league’s best point guards, Baron Davis, run­ning the show.

The War­riors have nine games re­main­ing, with four of them com­ing at home, where Golden State is 26-11 and scores 109 points a game.

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