Jackson miffed at Warriors' omissions from 3-point contest

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Jackson miffed at Warriors' omissions from 3-point contest

OAKLAND In his short stint as coach of the Warriors, MarkJackson has established himself as someone who will stick up for his players.Hes not afraid to praise his guys even at the risk of hyperbole.Well, Jackson wasnt pleased that the Warriors didnt have aplayer selected for the NBAs 3-point shootout despite having three worthycandidates: Brandon Rush, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.
The league selected the following players: Miamis MarioChalmers, Orlandos Ryan Anderson, Minnesotas Kevin Love, Atlantas Joe Johnson,New Jerseys Anthony Morrow and defending champion James Jones of Miami.Love is shooting 36.1 percent from 3-point range, whileJohnson is shooting 35.6 percent.
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Rush is leading the league in 3-point shooting at 54.8percent, Thompson is third in the league at 50 percent and even Curry isshooting 42.5 percent from beyond the arc.I want to congratulate Reggie Miller, Ray Allen, LarryBird, Craig Hodges, Dale Ellis and Steve Kerr, Jackson said. Because BrandonRush and Klay Thompson dont make the cut shooting almost 55 percent and 50percent from 3-point land.Why dont we just fly those guys (this years contestants)into Oakland and we can put something at stake and Ill take my guys.

NBA Gameday: Round 2 of Durant vs Westbrook

NBA Gameday: Round 2 of Durant vs Westbrook

Programming note: Warriors-Thunder coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

OAKLAND -- The Warriors close out their midseason 24-day Northern California residency Wednesday night with yet another game accompanied by drama.

Two days after thumping LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers completely out of Oracle Arena, the Warriors will face MVP candidate Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder -- AKA Kevin Durant’s former team.

The Warriors (35-6) may have to do it without shooting guard Klay Thompson, who went to Portland to visit a gravely ill family member but hopes to return in time for the game.

The Warriors are playing their ninth game out of 10 at home; the other one was up the road in Sacramento. They’re 8-1 since returning from Cleveland on Dec. 26.

Oklahoma City (25-18) is on the fourth leg of a seven-city road trip that spans 13 days, though the Thunder will return home for three days of workouts before going to Utah next Monday.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 13.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. Westbrook: Though the point guards won’t often be in direct matchup -- Thompson, if available, will spend the majority of time defending Westbrook -- each is crucial to his team’s performance. Regardless of who gets the primary assignment on Westbrook, the Warriors will have to rely on team defense and make him a volume shooter. If Curry outplays Westbrook, OKC has no chance.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: No injuries listed; G Klay Thompson (family issue) listed as questionable.

Thunder: C Steven Adams (concussion) is listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Thunder: 5-5.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors won the first meeting this season, 122-96, on Nov. 3 at Oracle and have won seven of the last eight meetings. The teams met last postseason in the Western Conference Finals, which the Warriors won in seven games.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

KD: Durant has made it clear that facing his former team is different than any other opponent. There is evidence behind this. Playing with visible intensity, he torched OKC for a season-high 39 points in the Nov. 3 game in Oakland. Don’t be surprised if he delivers another impressive performance.

THE PAINT: With Adams out, the Thunder’s interior defense is appreciably weaker. OKC could start backup big man Enes Kanter, who is vulnerable, but more likely will go with a smaller lineup, with Jerami Grant at center. In either case, expect the Warriors to attack at every opportunity.

OKC O: The Thunder offense is weakest in two specific areas: turnovers and 3-point shooting. Westbrook’s ball domination contributes to both. He averages 5.4 giveaways a game and the Thunder, as a team, ranks 29th in 3-point shooting percentage (32.6). The Warriors lead the league in steals and in 3-point defense.

Tyronn Lue: Draymond 'wanted to send a message' to LeBron, Cavs

Tyronn Lue: Draymond 'wanted to send a message' to LeBron, Cavs

Programming note: Warriors-Thunder coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

With 6:55 remaining in the second quarter on Monday night, Draymond Green was assessed a Flagrant-1 for his foul against LeBron James.

"He wanted to send a message," Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said on Wednesday.

Lue also told ESPN's Dave McMenamin that he didn't think Draymond's foul was a dirty play.

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Immediately after the game, Steve Kerr acknowledged that he hadn't seen a replay yet but that in real time, "It just looked like a normal foul where a guy is in transition -- you want to foul him and take away the fastbreak and obviously he went down hard and sold it pretty well."

Klay Thompson said that the foul "probably warranted a Flagrant-1."