Warriors-Nuggets: What to watch for


Warriors-Nuggets: What to watch for

Programming note: Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. today with Warriors Pregame Live on Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area with host Greg Papa, Garry St. Jean and NBA Insider Matt Steinmetz.

After consecutive losses, the Warriors (8-14) are in need ofa pick-me-up and nothing would serve that purpose better than a road winagainst a good team.That would be the Denver Nuggets, who have struggled latelybut are still 15-11. The Nuggets boast a great deal of depth and right now theyneed it. Theyre banged-up and are missing Danilo Gallinari. Also, startingcenter Timofey Mozgov and key bench player Corey Brewer missed Wednesdays gameagainst Dallas because of a sprained left ankle and personal reasons,respectively.Here are some things to watch for:
End-game situations: Its no secret theWarriors have struggled in the last two minutes of games this year, with MontaEllis failing more often than not when it comes to making game-winning playsand shots.RELATED: Steinmetz -- Crunch time stats for Warriors players
In the Warriors loss to the Thunder on Tuesday, Ellis had apotential 3-point shot to win it with five seconds remaining, but the shotmissed. Afterward Warriors coach Mark Jackson said hed take that that shotall day, meaning he had no problem with Ellis shot selection.Maybe not, but the Warriors are likely going to findthemselves in that situation again and again and again and they need to getbetter when theyre in it.Center trouble: The Warriors seem to be gettingless and less out of center Andris Biedrins. He is averaging 2.6 points and 4.7rebounds per game, and against the Thunder on Tuesday he played 14 minutes,scored zero points, grabbed zero rebounds and committed five personalfouls.Jackson continues to maintain hes not thinking of makingchanges to the starting lineup and, in fairness to Jackson he doesnt havemany options at center but push is coming to shove when it comes to thenon-production at five.Ellis vs. Afflalo: Monta Ellis is comingoff a 48-point game and is one of the most difficult matchups at the shootingguard position. Arron Afflalo is one of the best defenders at the two spot inthe league.The goal for Afflalo isnt to shut down Ellis, its doubtfulthat can be done. But Afflalo clearly would like to turn Ellis into a volumeshooter.Nene-Koufos tandem: The Warriors did morethan hold their own on the glass against the Thunder, but that certainly hasntbeen the norm this season. Too often the Warriors have been dominated on theinterior and theyll have to guard against that against Denver.Kosta Koufos is a big-bodied 7-footer and Nene is anotherbig presence at the four position. If the Warriors dont get anything out ofBiedrins, and Jackson is forced to go in another direction likely with EkpeUdoh theyre going to have to gang-rebound to hang in on the glass.

Report: Hawks release former Warriors point guard

Report: Hawks release former Warriors point guard

Jarrett Jack is reportedly looking for a new team.

The Hawks waived the veteran point guard on Thursday, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Jack signed with Atlanta in July after he was released by the Nets in late June.

The soon-to-be 33-year old appeared in 79 games for the Warriors during the 2012-13 season, averaging 12.9 points and 5.6 assists over 29.7 minutes per contest.

He was even better in the 2013 playoffs, racking up 17.2 points and 4.7 assists in 12 games.

Jack made 32 appearances last year before he tore the ACL in his right knee in early January.

He was the 22nd overall pick in the 2005 draft.

Warriors waive three, roster stands at 15 players

Warriors waive three, roster stands at 15 players

The Warriors waived guards Cameron Jones, Phil Pressey and Elliot Williams, the team announced on Thursday.

Jones appeared in five preseason games, averaging 5.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 11.5 minutes. 

Pressey also appeared in five games, averaging 2.4 points and 1.0 assist in 10.7 minutes. 

Williams missed all six preseason games due to right knee surgery. 

All three players were originally signed on Sept. 16, 2016.

The roster now stands at 15 players.

Stephen Curry
Klay Thompson
Kevin Durant
Draymond Green
Zaza Pachulia
Andre Iguodala
Shaun Livingston
David West
Anderson Varejao
Ian Clark
James Michael McAdoo
Kevon Looney
Patrick McCaw
Damian Jones
JaVale McGee 

Golden State Warriors media services contributed to this story