Warriors-Raptors: What to watch for


Warriors-Raptors: What to watch for

The Warriors conclude their five-game road trip with whatappears to be their two most winnable games: Toronto and Washington.Thats the good news. The bad news is those games are aSunday-Monday back-to-back and that they come on the tail end of a trip afterthe Warriors have been on the road for a week.Still, the Warriors are 1-2 on the trip a win over Atlanta and they can more than salvage things with a pair of victories.Heres what to watch for during Sundays game against theRaptors: Currys status: Since straining his rightfoot in Phoenix on Feb. 22, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has missed threegames. The Warriors said they are hopeful that Curry could play before the roadtrip is over, but if he doesnt play today, its more likely the team wouldshoot for Curry playing Wednesday against Memphis rather than Monday againstWashington.Technically, Curry did play in Wednesdays game vs. Atlanta.Warriors coach Mark Jackson brought him in as a decoy for three seconds on aWarriors possession in the final minute.McGuires role: Jackson has replacedCurry in the starting lineup the past two games with defensive specialistDominic McGuire. Jackson likes the defensive intensity McGuire gives the teamat the outset of games, but that comes at an offensive price.In the past two games McGuire has played 65 minutes butdidnt score any points. When Jackson starts McGuire, it means there are atleast two non-offensive players on the court along with Biedrins.Now throw in Dorell Wright, who has been struggling, at itsno wonder that the Warriors first unit is relying too heavily on David Lee andMonta Ellis to do all the scoring.Robinsons role: With the Warriorsstruggling to score, it would seem like the perfect opportunity for NateRobinson to give the team a boost. Only he has struggled recently and,quite frankly, for much of the season.Robinson is shooting just 32.6 percent (16-for-49) in thepast seven games, and for the season shooting 39.9 percent.In the Warriors last game against Philly, the teamdesperately was seeking a third scorer and didnt find one. If Curry cant goagainst the Raptors, the Warriors need Robinson to step up.

Refocused McGee 'blessed' to earn Warriors' final roster spot

Refocused McGee 'blessed' to earn Warriors' final roster spot

OAKLAND – After eight years as one of the NBA’s most intriguing projects, JaVale McGee was extended an opportunity to join the Warriors, the league’s successful franchise over the past two seasons.

Informed early Friday that he had made the roster, the 7-foot center celebrated by never leaving the bench in the preseason finale Friday night at Oracle Arena.

Though he had recovered well enough from a left knee strain to play, coach Steve Kerr opted to keep McGee off the court against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Which was fine by McGee, who after the game sat in front of his locker with ice bags wrapped from just above his knee to the bottom of his calf.

“I’m just happy, blessed, to have this chance,” he told CSNBayArea.com.

McGee earned the 15th and final roster spot by doing what the Warriors had hoped. He ran the floor well, blocked a few shots and sent a few lob passes powering through the bottom of the net.

“He had a good camp and he gives us something that we don’t have with our other centers, with that length and that ability to catch a lob and finish,” Kerr said. “He has the potential to help us. We’ll see how it all goes.”

McGee, 28, will join 34-year-old Anderson Varejao in sharing spot minutes behind starter Zaza Pachulia and top backup David West.

“I'm starting to figure out what the coaches want from me, and I’m starting to execute it,” he said. “Everything is going well.”

Selected by the Washington Wizards in the first round (18th overall) of the 2008 draft, McGee is now on his fifth NBA team.

Noting that he has no control over his playing time but will do his part to influence the coaching staff, McGee said he is here primarily to achieve has one goal:

“Win an NBA championship,” he said. “That’s it.”

Kerr sees shades of Iguodala, Livingston in rookie McCaw

Kerr sees shades of Iguodala, Livingston in rookie McCaw

While Kevin Durant is understandably the talk of the Warriors after shaking up the NBA landscape in his free agency decision, the player garnering the closest amount of hype going in the regular season was bought with the No. 38 pick in this year's draft. 

"The young kid Patrick McCaw, who's a second-round pick from Vegas, he's picked up everything so easy," head coach Steve Kerr said on KNBR's Tolbert & Lund on Friday. "He reminds me a lot of Andre (Iguodala) and Shaun Livingston, and not only with his build, but with his feel for the game." 

The Warriors used $2.4 million to buy the Milwaukee Bucks' second-round pick and make McCaw their new diamond in the rough, just three picks later than Draymond Green in the 2012 draft.

For McCaw, there can't be a much higher compliment from Kerr with himeself being such a big fan of Livingston. 

"Definitely I watch a lot of Shaun Livingston too, a big point guard who can make plays with the ball, can defend, and that's just where I see my game going," McCaw said at his introductory press conference for the Warriors in June.

From summer league through the preseason, McCaw only continues to impress. 

Shining in the Las Vegas Summer League, the versatile McCaw averaged 15.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals over 33.8 minutes per game. Playing in all seven of the Warriors' preseason games, the 20-year-old guard poured in 8.4 points, 2.1 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game while averaging 20.1 minutes.