Mag NBA preview: Warriors
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EXPECTATIONS are inflated for the Warriors after 47 wins and a Stephen Curry–fired run to the Western semis. Still, their differential of plus-0.9 ppg was that of a 44-win team, which would've earned not a 6-seed and matchup with the Nuggets but an 8-seed and series with the Thunder. Adding stopper Andre Iguodala helps, but a healthy Andrew Bogut (109 games over three years) is key. GS was plus-7.9 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs with him and minus-8.8 points without him.
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