Curry leads W's to victory in Charlotte homecoming

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Curry leads W's to victory in Charlotte homecoming

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Player of the game: Warriors power forward David Lee was the picture of efficiency, making 10 of 14 shots, and scoring 25 points in 36 minutes. Lee also had 11 rebounds.
The win makes the Warriors 4-0 on their current seven-game road trip, ensuring a winning trip.

“That’s big,” guard Stephen Curry said. “It seems like every win we break a record from a Warriors team past. We have three tough games coming up (Miami, Orlando, Atlanta) – top tier teams -- and we have to keep that energy level and consistency. We’d like to go 7-0. You never know what can happen.”

Key stretch: Midway through the third quarter, Charlotte made a modest run and cut the Warriors’ lead to 65-54. But the Warriors, bettering their shot selection and once again tightening their defense, gradually pulled away and took a 93-74 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

In complete control: The Warriors led 58-40 at halftime, and you couldn’t ask them to play much better. Golden State held the Bobcats to 31.7 percent from the field in the first half and forced 10 turnovers.

The Warriors, on the other hand, shot 53.4 percent from the field in the first half and turned the ball over just five times. Lee was the most efficient Warrior in the first 24 minutes, scoring 17 points on just nine shots (7-for-9 from field).

“That first half was a thing of beauty,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “We defended, we paid attention to detail and we executed. … That first half was outstanding. We had multiple-effort plays and rebounded the basketball -- everything we talked about.”

Curry’s homecoming: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was back in his hometown for Monday’s game. Curry grew up in Charlotte and went to nearby Davidson College.

Curry, who purchased 73 tickets for friends and family, finished with 27 points and seven assists. It was Curry’s eighth consecutive game with 20 points or more.

Curry did not play last season in Charlotte when the Bobcats beat the Warriors 112-100 on Jan. 14. That win was the only win for the Bobcats last year during a 23-game span which went from early January to mid-February.

Curry missed the game last year because of a sprained right ankle.

“You still keep it a business trip once the game starts,” Curry said. “Thankfully we played well and now I can enjoy them till we leave for Miami (on Wednesday).”

Great start: To say the Warriors were clicking early would be an understatement. The Warriors jumped on the Bobcats to the tune of an 18-7 lead early, and by the six-minute mark of the first quarter they already had rolled up 22 points.

Golden State knocked down 13 of their first 16 shots and were up 38-23 at the end of one period. It was the most points the Warriors have scored in a first quarter this season.

Lee was up to his old – or should we say recent – tricks, scoring 13 points on 5-of-6 from the field.

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

OAKLAND -- Considering their status as reigning champs without a pick, members of the Warriors personnel department could have turned out the lights and left team headquarters to watch the NBA Draft from a nearby tavern.

They instead stayed in business mode Thursday night, observing the draft-night chaos up close, waiting for the right moment and the right player.

And for the second consecutive year, the Warriors paid a team for its 38th overall draft pick, sending a reported $3.5 million to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to Oregon big man Jordan Bell, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

“Everybody we talked to had a lot of good things to say about him,” president/general manager Bob Myers said. “He’s one of the few guys we looked at and really wanted to see if we could get. I actually was not optimistic we would be able to get him. But somehow it came to fruition.”

Myers added that the Warriors, along with many mock drafts, projected Bell as a first-round pick.

Bell led the Pac-12 in field-goal percentage (63.6) while shooting almost exclusively in the paint. The 6-foot-9 center/forward was sixth among Pac-12 rebounders at 8.8 per game and 13th in steals at 1.3 per game.

The Long Beach Poly High product possesses a wingspan a fraction shy of 7-feet and bears, by some accounts, a resemblance to Draymond Green inasmuch as he is a defense-first player with a deep reservoir of energy.

It’s a comparison that Bell, asked about it, embraces.

“Draymond, because people always say I’m undersized,” Bell told Basketball Insiders last month. “He’s one of those players you can’t really say what position he is, but he’s a force on defense.”

Moreover, Myers cited Green as one of the players best suited to mentor Bell.

“Draymond is a good one,” the GM said. “He’s not afraid to tell players what he thinks. He’s going to be a good teacher.”

Bell in three seasons became the Ducks’ all-time leader in blocks. He blocked eight shots in a Midwest Regional win over Kansas that sent Oregon to the Final Four. He became during the NCAA Tournament the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon (in 1985) to snag at least 12 rebounds in five consecutive tournament games.

“Defending is one of my best attributes,” Bell told Basketball Insiders. “Being able to switch 1-through-5. Play small ball. Blocking shots. Timing. Decision-making on offense.”

These are the characteristics that prompted the Warriors to put a red-letter “B” next to Bell’s name on their draft board -- even though his offensive skills are unrefined.

“We love his ability to defend,” Myers said. “He could probably defend most positions, and in the NBA that’s huge. To be able to switch pick-and-rolls, rebound, block shots, finish, there are a lot of boxes he checks.

“ . . . We just like the way he plays basketball. We’ll find a place for him.”

The Warriors also are closing in on a deal for one of Bell’s Oregon teammates. Forward Chris Boucher is expected to sign a two-way contract with the team.

“That’s something we’re trying to move toward,” Myers said of Boucher, who is rehabilitating an ACL surgery.

“But we like players that win. We like players that can play. I don’t care what school they are or what their background is, or what position. Winners. That’s what we’re trying to do, is win. If we end up getting that done, that’s another player that was on a very good team.”

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

The Warriors bought Oregon's Jordan Bell in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. And, they reportedly agreed with another Duck.

Golden State is signing Oregon forward Chris Boucher to a two-way NBA contract after the senior went undrafted, according to Shams Charina of The Vertical.

Boucher, at 6-foot-10 and 200 pounds, averaged 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 31 games for Oregon this past season. He also averaged 2.5 blocks per game and shot 35 percent from beyond the arc. 

Boucher suffered a torn ACL in the Pac-12 semifinals against Cal. 

NBA rosters will grow to 17 players with two-way contracts between the G-League and players will make a guarantee of at least $75,000. Players who sign two-ways contracts can make up to $275,000 depending on how long they are on an NBA roster.