Steinmetz: Smart Names Warriors' Starting Five


Steinmetz: Smart Names Warriors' Starting Five


Just two days into training camp, Warriors coach Keith Smart says he knows who will make up his teams starting five: Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright, David Lee and Andris Biedrins.Smart confirmed those names after Wednesday's morning session.
There are no surprises there. Wright figured to win the small forward spot over Reggie Williams and Vladimir Radmanovic on his defense alone, and that appears to have happened.Lee will officially make the move to power forward, which will be a change for him. Lee played almost exclusively at center for the Knicks last year.Smart said one of the main priorities during training camp will for that unit to begin to develop a style of play and some chemistry.---Backup center Louis Amundson did not practice Tuesday night during the Warriors' contact session because of lower back stiffness. He worked out on the side during Wednesday's morning session.Biedrins missed Wednesday's morning session because of personal reasons.Brandan Wright rode the stationary bike during the morning session. He was bothered by a strained right calf.--The Warriors will hold an open practice on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Oracle Arena. The practice will begin at 5:30 p.m., and go until approximately 7:30 p.m.Parking and admission are free, and the doors open at 5 p.m.--The Warriors announced that they've picked up their third-year option on Curry, for the 2011-12 season, which is more a formality than anything else.Curry, who averaged 17.5 points and 5.9 assists per game as a rookie, will earn 2.9 million this season and 3.1 million in 2011-12.

Warriors' Durant exhibits entire scoring arsenal vs Blazers

Warriors' Durant exhibits entire scoring arsenal vs Blazers

OAKLAND – In the final preseason game on the schedule, at his new home of Oracle Arena, Kevin Durant entered the highlight zone.

The team’s newest superstar exhibited his entire scoring arsenal, dropping 3-pointers, soaring in for dunks and swishing mid-range post-ups.

The most impressive dunk came with 9:02 left in the quarter, when Durant took a pass from Draymond Green and finished the fast break by taking off from about 10 feet and throwing it down.

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The most impressive trey came with 5:43 remaining in the third quarter, when Steph Curry came down in transition, slipped a pass to Durant, who threw it in from 32 feet.

Durant scored 14 points in the third quarter, 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-5 from deep.

Durant’s line: 28 points (11-of-21, 5-of-8, 1-of-2), seven rebounds, six assists and one block.

Instant Replay: Curry, Durant light it up in win over Blazers


Instant Replay: Curry, Durant light it up in win over Blazers


OAKLAND – The preseason ended Friday night with the kind of offensive fireworks the Warriors expect to carry into the regular season.

Stephen Curry scored 35 points and Kevin Durant poured in 28 points as the Warriors overcame an early 16-point deficit to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-96 at Oracle Arena.

Ian Clark added 17 points to bolster the scoring of Curry and Durant.

With the exception of the first five minutes, the Warriors starters sparkled, outscoring Portland 84-50 over the next 31 minutes and leading by as much as 21.

The Warriors finished the preseason with a 6-1 record.

Damian Lillard, playing two miles from his old neighborhood, led Portland with 20 points. CJ McCollum added 16.


Simply put, that would be Curry and Durant.

Curry’s line: 35 points (12-of-21 from the field, including 8-of-13 from beyond the arc, 3-of-3 from the line), four rebounds and two assists. He scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters. He played 28 minutes and finished plus-17.

Durant’s line: 28 points (11-of-21, 5-of-8, 1-of-2), seven rebounds, six assists and one blocked shot. He scored 14 points in the third quarter. Durant played 31 minutes and finished plus-2.


Draymond Green didn’t score much, only 4 points, but his put his fingerprints on this game in just about every other way. He hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds, passed for six assists, adding a steal and a blocked shot. He played 26 efficient minutes, finishing plus-15.

Ian Clark still is trying to nail down a spot in the rotation and he made another impressive argument on his behalf. Coming off the bench with 4:09 left in the first quarter, he took two shots and made them both, including a 3-pointer. Playing both guard positions, Clark had 17 points (7-of-11, 3-of-6), two assists, one rebound and one block.


Warriors: C JaVale McGee (L knee strain) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery) was listed as out.

Blazers: C Meyers Leonard (lower back soreness) and G Shabazz Napier (L ankle sprain) were listed as questionable. Leonard entered in the third quarter. Napier did not play. C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) was listed as out.


The Warriors open the season Tuesday, Oct. 25, when the San Antonio Spurs visit Oracle Arena.