Friday , Feb , 15 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Should Golden State Make a Move to Survive in West?


The real estate bubble might have burst in the Bay Area, but one set of Oakland residents is finding it more and more difficult to buy a plot in its desired neighborhood. The Warriors woke up Thursday morning at 32-20, a record they hadn’t reached in 16 years, but all it earned them was a three-way for the final two Western Conference playoff spots. ‘It’s crazy, really crazy, because last year with this record, we would have been fine, but this year, so many great teams are playing really well,’ Warriors center Andris Biedrins said. ‘We can’t think that we’re 10 or 12 games above .500, and we’ll be fine.

We just have to keep winning games because the Western Conference now is really hard.’ As of Thursday, the Warriors were four games out of first place in the Pacific Division and 41/2 back of New Orleans for the best overall record in the Western Conference. The last time the franchise was this close to a No. 1 playoff seed this deep into a season, it was 1992, when a Golden State squad led by coach/general manager Don Nelson and leading scorer Chris Mullin opened at 37-15 and rode an eight-game winning streak into the top spot. Click here for more from the Oakland Tribune.