Heat-Warriors: What to watch for

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Heat-Warriors: What to watch for

PREGAME UPDATE: Miami guard Dwyane Wade will play tonight against the Warriors.

OAKLAND The Warriors have lost six in a row and now theMiami Heat are in town. The Warriors will be without Stephen Curry but thenagain Dwyane Wade might not play, either. Regardless, snapping their losing streak against the Heatisnt going to be easy for the Warriors.Here are some things to watch for:Ellis evening: Theres a good chancethat Monta Ellis will be defended by bigger players all game long. Whether itsJames Jones, LeBron James, Shane Battier or perhaps even Wade if he plays Ellis is going to likely see a wave of defenders, all of whom havelength.Lee needed: If the Warriors are to beatthe Heat, theyre going to need to get production out of more players than theyhave been. Most notably, David Lee has to begin contributing more and becominga more integral part of the offense. Lee is averaging 16.6 points per game and9.7 rebounds per game. But he needs to make more of an impact.Ball security: : Turnovers have been anissue in many of the Warriors losses. Well, the Miami Heat force moreturnovers almost 20 per game than any other team in the league. TheWarriors have to limit their turnovers in a big way.

Warriors recall first-round pick Damian Jones from Santa Cruz

Warriors recall first-round pick Damian Jones from Santa Cruz

The Warriors recalled center Damian Jones from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced on Thursday.                             

During his most recent assignment, which began Nov. 30, Jones averaged 2.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in 19.3 minutes over three games with the Warriors’ D-League affiliate.

The Vanderbilt product, who was selected 30th overall by Golden State in the 2016 NBA Draft, grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in 17 minutes on Dec. 3 at Maine.

The 7’0”, 245-pound center has appeared in five games (two starts) with Santa Cruz this season, holding averages of 2.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.20 blocks in 19.0 minutes.

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Warriors guard Ian Clark will have his high school jersey retired

Warriors guard Ian Clark will have his high school jersey retired

Warriors guard Ian Clark will have his jersey retired by his alma mater, Germantown High School, in a ceremony this Friday evening on campus, the team announced on Thursday.

Clark, who will attend the ceremony, is the first player from Germantown High to appear in the NBA and the first player to have his number retired by the school. The Warriors will be in Memphis ahead of their game on Saturday night against the Grizzlies.

Clark wore #21 as a four-year varsity player and three-year starter for Germantown High, finishing his high school basketball career among the top three all-time in total points scored (1,846). Clark, who was born in Memphis, averaged 16.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists over his four high school seasons from 2005-09 with the Red Devils.

“Ian has had a great impact not only on the school, but on the entire area because of the kind of person he is,” said Jason James, the boys’ basketball coach at Germantown High. “Ian is a great basketball player, but he’s an even better person. For us to have this relationship is special to me. It’s an honor to be part of the ceremony to have his number retired.”

The ceremony will take place on Friday, December 9, at Germantown High School at roughly 7:15 p.m. in between the girls’ and boys’ basketball games.

The 25-year old played his college ball at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. in  As a senior in 2012-13 he averaged 18.2 points per game while shooting just under 46 percent from deep.

Belmont made the NCAA Tournament three times during Clark's career.

Over 19 appearances for the Warriors this season, Clark is averaging 6.8 points per game. He scored a career-high 22 points against the Blazers on Nov. 1 and racked up 21 points against the Lakers on Nov. 23.

Golden State Warriors media services contributed to this story