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OAKLAND, Calif. – David Lee has waited eight seasons to be in the NBA playoffs. The last time he even watched a postseason game was in Chicago before the 2005 draft.
A lot of Lee's teammates can relate.
Andrew Bogut is the only Golden State Warriors starter who has ever been to the playoffs. Only five players on the current roster were even in the NBA the last time the franchise made the postseason in 2007.
When the sixth-seeded Warriors begin their first-round series at third-seeded Denver on Saturday, it will be uncharted territory for all involved, including second-year coach Mark Jackson. Many of the playoff first-timers are eager to show experience matters little once the ball is thrown up.