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Warriors win coin toss, might keep draft pick

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--The Warriors won a tiebreaker drawing with the Toronto Raptors for the No. 7 slot in the NBA draft lottery.

The Warriors and Raptors tied for the seventh-worst record in the NBA this season at 23-43.

Landing the seventh position in the lottery helps the Warriors' chances of getting one of the top seven picks in the NBA draft. If the Warriors end up picking eighth or lower in the draft, they'll lose their first-round spot to the Utah Jazz because of a previous trade.

The draft lottery will be held May 30 and the NBA draft is June 28.

--How banged up were the Warriors this season? A check of the operating-room schedule during the final week shouted out the answer.

The lineup for sedation began with Stephen Curry, who flew to Southern California for arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle April 25.

The purpose of the follow-up surgery was to attempt to determine why a more elaborate procedure on the ankle a year earlier hadn't eased Curry's pain. Under the category of No News Is Good News, the surgery was deemed a success despite the fact that nothing was found.

Next in line was David Lee, who went to Philadelphia on April 26 to have torn abdominal and abductor muscles surgically repaired.

Then it was Andrew Bogut's turn to see the same doctor, Richard Ferkle, who did Curry's procedure. The April 27 surgery was likewise considered relatively minor even though Bogut's injury (a fracture) was more significant than the others.

All three were given recovery times of less than two months, meaning they are expected to be at 100 percent for the start of training camp.

"The dream was much better than (the reality) turned out to be in the first year. I've been around long enough to appreciate the process and I feel real comfortable with the way the foundation has been laid." -- Warriors coach Mark Jackson.

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