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Five thoughts on Lakers-Warriors

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Five thoughts on Lakers-Warriors

Five thoughts after the Warriors' 104-101 loss to the Lakers:

1. Dominic McGuire has played--and guarded--all 5 positions on the floor...Every team needs one or two guys like him. 2. It's one thing to read on paper about how tall the Lakers are; it's quite another to SEE how tall they are up close. They were really dwarfing the Warriors front line. 3. Warriors co-owner Peter Guber was glued to his phone for a large chunk of time before the 4th quarter...on the same day he became part of the group to buy the Dodgers..coincidence?4. Andrew Bogut was very animated and into the game over on the Warriors bench. 5. The Warriors should be proud of equaling a team record for fewest turnovers in a game with five. They made the Lakers beat them, they didn't beat themselves. Bonus thought: I told Mark Jackson Tuesday morning that I thought Kobe was overrated--despite his league leading scoring average -- because of his high number of shots per game and his low (especially for him) field goal percentages. His percentages Tuesday night were still quite low (31 on field goals, 20 on 3-point shots), but a great many of the shots he hit -- especially down the stretch -- were the type of clutch shots that render great defense irrelevant. Perhaps the only thing overrated was my ASSERTION that Kobe is overrated!

Kerr asked about Damian Jones: 'The other thing that hurts all the centers...'

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Kerr asked about Damian Jones: 'The other thing that hurts all the centers...'

The Warriors selected Damian Jones with the 30th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

As a rookie, the big man appeared in just 10 NBA games.

He also suited up for the Santa Cruz Warriors 31 times.

"He's got a year under his belt now and he's healthy. This is his first real season where he's starting fresh. I don't tell anybody where they rank on the pecking order and totem pole. You just gotta play.

"You never know how this stuff turns out. If a guy is good enough to play, we're gonna play him. And he is really good, but you got a lot of  good guys at his same position, too."

Zaza Pachulia is the Warriors' starting center.

Behind him, it's JaVale McGee, David West, Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell and Jones.

Oh yeah -- and then there's that Draymond Green guy.

"The other thing that hurts all the centers is there's no four-man anymore," Kerr added. "David West used to be a four, now he's a five. Looney -- ten years ago would have been a four. Now he's a five.

"So as a result, we end up with six centers on a roster ... now you're either a five or you're a three. The four position has almost been eliminated from the NBA.

"Unless you're Draymond Green and you just play whatever the hell position you want to call it."

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

Steve Kerr: Warriors 'the most unselfish team around, but...'

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Steve Kerr: Warriors 'the most unselfish team around, but...'

The Warriors held Media Day on Friday and opened training camp on Saturday.

After Sunday's practice, Steve Kerr was asked about the team's on-court agenda.

"We're trying to address areas where we can get better; build on the areas where we're already strong," Kerr began. "The good thing is, we have so many players back it's not taking long to install things because everybody is pretty comfortable with what we're doing.

"But we're getting pretty specific with passing accuracy. We're trying to improve on our actual fundamentals -- passing the ball. We want to layer our offense a little bit -- add some options on stuff that we already do."

Last year, Golden State led the league with 30.4 assists per game (the Nuggets were second at 25.3).

The Warriors racked up at least 35 assists in a game 18 times.

"We are the most unselfish team around but we're probably an average passing team in terms of our fundamentals," Kerr said. "Our guys see everything and they move and they pass and they cut; they're totally unselfish. But you see on tape a lot a guy catching the ball at his shoe laces instead of in his shooting pocket.

"There's a dramatic difference in makes and misses when you get a bad pass or a good pass."

Kerr is right, but ... what a problem to have.

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