Here is the opening to my Friday column about the Warriors:

I need to start with a confession. I missed the Warriors preseason and their first few games because 1) I was with the Giants for their entire postseason run, 2) When that ended — and after I covered the parade — I retired to my Fortress of Solitude for a few days.

I caught up with the Warriors Wednesday night in Oakland when they beat the Cavaliers 106-96, giving them a 3-2 record. They were 2-3 at the same point last season, and it was downhill from there.

On Wednesday, I saw center Andrew Bogut dish off five nifty assists and he somehow mattered even though he didn’t score and even though he still plays reduced minutes because of his ankle and, in fact, won’t play in a game for the next seven to 10 days.

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