Lowell Cohn: Warriors' hopes hinge on Stephen Curry's balky ankles

  • Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) is guarded by San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2)during the second half of Game 1 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 6, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

OAKLAND -- The Warriors open their season Wednesday night at home against the Lakers, no less. We all know the Warriors are good, they are a contender in the West and a force in the league and they should win a bunch of games and go deep into the playoffs.

We no longer wonder whether they'll make the playoffs. It's strictly how far they will go. All praise to the Golden State Warriors, although that name Golden State still stinks.

Got all that?

Because we are discerning people, curious people, we like to delve beneath the surface, shoot past the obvious. What I wrote above about the Warriors' terrificness is the obvious. So, we ask this: What threatens the Warriors' glamorous, golden future?

Mark Jackson is a fine coach. Stephen Curry is a superstar guard. Andrew Bogut is a ferocious center who's been hurt, but he seems fine now. The Warriors just extended his contract on the assumption he's healthy. And even if he gets injured, the Warriors can do without him for long stretches in the regular season as they did last season, playing David Lee in the post or using Festus Ezeli when he gets well from knee surgery.

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