Ezeli, Landry lift Warriors to win

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Ezeli, Landry lift Warriors to win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Carl Landry had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Harrison Barnes added 20 points to help the Golden State Warriors beat Israel's Haifa Maccabi 108-100 on Thursday night.Festus Ezell had 15 points and eight rebounds, and Stephen Curry finished with 13 points and 10 assists for the Warriors, 3-0 in exhibition play.Warriors head coach Mark Jackson was pleased with Curry's performance as his fourth-year point guard recovers from an ankle injury.
"The idea coming in was we wanted to give Steph increased minutes; we did that. Very pleased with his performance not only scoring the basketball but facilitating and making plays.
Donta Smith led Haifa Maccabi with 28 points and eight rebounds, and Paul Stoll had 18 points.

Vince Carter 'open' to joining Warriors; Curry comments on Instagram

Vince Carter 'open' to joining Warriors; Curry comments on Instagram

Vince Carter is 40 years old.

But he is not ready to hang 'em up.

Would he consider signing with a championship contender like the Warriors?

"I'm open for it," Carter said on ESPN's The Jump on Wednesday. "I want to win. I want to play and I want to do somewhat what Kevin Durant did. I want to do for my team. I want to go out there and play and provide and show that I can still play this game."

Carter averaged 8.0 points and 3.1 rebounds over 24.6 minutes per game with the Grizzlies last season.

He started 15 contests and shot just under 38 percent from distance.

The eight-time All-Star just finished a 3-year deal worth over $12.2 million.

"I'm just not one to just go to a team and ride the coattails," Carter explained. "You can say how old I am, whatever, whatever. I proved that I can still play in this league. I don't want to go sit on the bench and be a cheerleader ... I want to contribute."

Carter was teammates with Steph Curry's father, Dell, for three seasons in Toronto (1999-00 to 2001-2002)

The Instagram account "warriorstalk" posted a picture of Carter and Curry's father, Dell, walking off the court together.

And below that picture -- a shot of Carter and Steph Curry embracing after a Warriors-Grizzlies game.

Steph Curry not only "liked" the post, but he also left a comment:

"Me likey!"

The Warriors drafted Carter with the 5th overall pick in 1998 but traded him to Toronto for Antawn Jamison, who went 4th overall.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

No need for Warriors fans to fret over NBA's projected lower salary cap

No need for Warriors fans to fret over NBA's projected lower salary cap

There is no need for the Warriors fan to grow anxious with the news Wednesday night that the NBA salary cap and luxury tax threshold will be roughly two percent lower than initially projected.

For one, those players committed to returning are not likely to change their minds.

For two, the cap/tax figures also will influence other teams that might target members of the Warriors, such as Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

Even with the lower numbers, reported by multiple outlets, Kevin Durant remains in line for a raise from the $26.5 million he made last season, and he already has made clear his intentions to accept less than the $31.8 million the Warriors could’ve paid him.

With the cap expected to be about $99 million instead of the roughly $101 million originally forecast, that figure falls between $30 million and $31 million.

Durant’s willingness to be flexible -- designed to help the team in its attempts to retain Iguodala and maybe Livingston -- remains the most significant factor for the Warriors as they proceed. Even if Durant takes 10 percent less than, say, $31 million, he still would get a modest increase.

Stephen Curry, who also has announced his intention to re-sign with the Warriors, still could receive about $35 million in Year 1 of a five-year contract worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 million.

When the numbers are that astronomical, losing a small percentage is not such a crucial factor.

The Warriors surely knew the cap/tax figures would take a hit. Both figures are impacted by revenue generated through the playoffs, which featured only 79 of a possible 105 games.

Only two series -- Jazz-Clippers and Celtics-Wizards -- went the full seven games and eight of the 15 series ended in five or fewer games, including five sweeps.

The Warriors accounted for three of those sweeps.