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The Warriors will try to avoid dropping to a season-worst seven games under .500 on Saturday night whenthey play the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena.The Warriors are coming off a disappointing 110-92 loss tothe Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. As for the Mavericks, theyre playingtheir third game in three nights and have dropped the first two games toPhoenix and Sacramento.Here are some things to watch for during Saturdaysgame:Currys minutes: The Warriors appear tobe bringing Curry back slowly from a foot injury. He played 24 minutes in theWarriors loss to the Grizzlies and just nine minutes the game before thatagainst Washington.
In each of the past two games, Curry has come off the bench,but if he can play more than 25 minutes it seems likely Curry will be back inthe starting lineup against Dallas.If Curry does return to the starting lineup, expect DominicMcGuire to come off the bench.Wrights play: Dorell Wright is in anawful shooting slump, and hes coming off playing a season-low 10 minutesagainst Memphis. In his past nine games, Wright has made just 17-of-64 3-pointshots (26.5 percent) and Warriors coach Mark Jackson has had him on a shorterleash.Wright is an important player for the Warriors because whenhes hitting his 3-pointers it gives the team another scorer somethingtheyre desperately looking for to go along with David Lee and MontaEllis.Defend Nowitzki: Dirk Nowitzki might notbe having a great year, but hes still the No. 1 threat on Dallas. It seemsapparent Jackson will likely have McGuire on Nowitzki for at least part of thegame.Jackson has been using McGuire a defensive specialist asa starter in recent games despite the fact McGuire is extremely limited at theoffensive end.Effort early: The Warriors got down 21-4right off the bat against Memphis and had to expend too much energy gettingback into the game in the second quarter.The Mavericks, playing their third game in three nights,would seem to be vulnerable if the Warriors can bring consistent energy onSaturday. However, bringing consistent effort has been an issue this year forGolden State.
For all Week 13 NFL games, players have the clearance to wear custom-designed cleats to highlight a cause that they are passionate about. And Draymond Green is joining the movement with his Nike shoes this weekend.
Green will wear specially designed yellow and blue Nikes that read, "Sideline Racism." On Twitter, Green wrote "I stand with my @NFL brother this weekend in wearing @RISEtoWIN's Sideline Racism shoes in uniting against racism. We stand united @NFL."
The shoes are through RISEtoWIN, whose Twitter profile states the organization as "dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sports to improve race relations."
RISE (the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality) is a non-profit organization, which was founded by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross in 2015.
A day after Steve Kerr told Monte Poole on The Warriors Insider Podcast that he used marijuana twice over the last year and a half, players around the league are offering their take on the use of pot in the NBA.
The latest is former Warriors center Andrew Bogut.
According to ESPN's Tim MacMahon, Bogut had this to say on Saturday evening prior to the Mavericks game against the Bulls.
"I've never tried it. I don't know how much it helps, but from what I heard from guys who are retired and have chronic injuries, they say it helps a lot. Like I said, you are bringing a big can of worms if you allow it [without restrictions]. If you have open season, you're going to have guys, I guarantee you're going to have people playing in a game or practicing high. It's just the reality of it. You have guys in pro sports playing hungover. You have guys come to practice drunk sometimes. That's how it is. If you all of the sudden can smoke, although there are a lot of positives to it, the downside is you could possibly have a lot of guys that are not 100 percent in the present. I think that's why the league is saying what it's saying. But as far as it being legal in society, it should be fine to be legal. It's a plant, it's an herb, it's a weed. … People that I've known that smoke, friends of mine, they're the most chill kind of people ever. They don't want to cause problems or fight. They usually just want to get a bag of Cheetos and sit there and watch TV or whatever. I think the effects of alcohol are far worse than weed can ever be."
Bogut played for Kerr the last two seasons before being traded to Dallas this offseason.
Earlier on Saturday, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson offered their support for Kerr.