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insidehoops 04-29-2012 04:41 AM

Some positives about 2011-12 Warriors season
The Warriors ranked fourth in the league in fewest turnovers, giving the ball up only 13.9 times a game and ranking behind only playoff teams (Philadelphia, L.A. Clippers and San Antonio). They were tied with Boston for 22nd last season. Considering that the Warriors played the majority of the 2011-12 season without point guard Stephen Curry (ankle) and twice tied the franchise record with only five miscues in a game, the numbers are even more impressive.

Despite playing a truncated schedule that included a back-to-back-to-back set and a five-games-in-seven-nights marathon, the Warriors surpassed last season's road win total. They grabbed 11 victories away from Oracle Arena, despite playing only 33 road games, a season after going 10-31. They trimmed seven points off opponents' scoring averages, and broke long-standing losing streaks in Denver, Detroit and Phoenix. The Warriors won in the desert for the first time since 2005, spanning 13 games.

The Warriors' bench averaged 32.6 points a game, up 8.2 points a game over last season. Brandon Rush and Nate Robinson each had five 20-point games off the bench, while the 2010-11 substitutes combined for three 20-point games. The backups often cut into deficits created by the starters, and coach Mark Jackson stayed with the reserves in the fourth quarter of a 93-90 victory over Sacramento on Jan. 31.

-- San Francisco Chronicle

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