Grizzlies-Warriors: What to watch for


Grizzlies-Warriors: What to watch for

PROGRAMMING ALERT: Warriors Pregame Live begins at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with the tipoff at 7:30 p.m., followed by Warriors Postgame Live.

The Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies seem to be heading inopposite directions. Golden State has lost two in a row and four of their pastsix. Meanwhile, Memphis has won six in a row, all without the injured ZachRandolph.

For the Warriors, this is Game No. 2 of a six-gamehomestand, and they are in the midst of a stretch having 10 home games in theirnext 12. In other words, if the Warriors are going to make something happen,now would seem to be the time for that happen.Here are some things to watch for:Interior defense: Since Kwame Brown wentdown with a torn right chest muscle, the Warriors interior defense has beeninconsistent. On some nights they struggle to defend bigger frontlines and onothers they get outrebounded. Even without Zach Randolph, the Grizzlies have alot of size up front with Marc Gasol, Marreese Speights and DanteCunningham.The Warriors need to find a way to neutralize Memphis upfront.Gay-Wright matchup: There are signs thatDorell Wright is beginning to come out of his early season funk. Hes beginningto make more 3-pointers, but the next step is on the defensive end, whereWright needs to make more of an impact.RELATED: Dorell Wright game logs
The key for Wright is to keep Gay on the perimeter and tryto prevent him from getting easy buckets. If Gay has a game in which hes avolume shooter say 20 or more shots at under 50 percent that will bode wellfor Golden State.Ellis efficiency: Monta Ellis is shooting41.6 percent from the field, well below his career 46.7 career field goalshooting percentage. Against the Grizzlies, Ellis will likely find himselfopposite one of the leagues best perimeter defenders in Tony Allen. And thatsalways a challenge.Currys ankle: Stephen Curry returned tothe lineup on Friday after missing eight consecutive games with a sprainedright ankle. He seemed to gain more confidence in the ankle as that game wentalong.After a couple of off days, lets see if Curry can build onhis Friday return and regain his explosiveness and shooting touch.

Steph Curry likes tweet that calls out TV personality


Steph Curry likes tweet that calls out TV personality

It was a rough couple of days for Kevin Durant.

As the 2017 Finals MVP said himself: "All the jokes – bring ‘em. I deserve it."

One such joke came from Fox Sports 1's Nick Wright:

A couple hours later, an NBA writer chimed in:

At some point thereafter, Steph Curry "liked" this tweet.

This could be Curry simply coming to Durant's defense.

It also could be Curry simply enjoying the fact that Wright is getting called out for wrong claims/predictions.

It could be both.

In case you missed some of Wright's past declarations:

From Jan. 8 through April 8 (39 games), Iguodala averaged 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting over 58 percent from the field and over 41 percent from deep.

In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, he scored 20 points in what was his best performance of the playoffs.

At least he admitted it:

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

Warriors announce roster, schedule for 2017 training camp


Warriors announce roster, schedule for 2017 training camp

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors will hold their 2017 Training Camp, fueled by Gatorade, at the Rakuten Performance Center—the team’s newly named Practice Facility in Downtown Oakland—beginning Saturday, September 23, the team announced on Thursday. 

The team also announced the signing of free agent guards Antonius Cleveland, Michael Gbinije (ben-ih-jhay) and Alex Hamilton and free agent forward Georges Niang (George KNEE-yang). 

Cleveland, 22, went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft after a four-year career at Southeast Missouri State, where he averaged 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.31 steals and 28.8 minutes in 121 career games. As a senior in 2016-17, he averaged a career-high 16.6 points while hitting career bests of 54.3 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three-point range.

Gbinije, 25, appeared in nine games with the Detroit Pistons last season, scoring four points in 32 minutes. Originally selected by the Pistons with the 49th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft, Gbinije averaged 12.0 points, and 4.3 rebounds in 35.0 minutes over 16 games with the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA G League. Gbinije, who spent his freshman season at Duke before playing three seasons at Syracuse University, helped the Orange to a Final Four appearance as a senior in 2015-16 after averaging career marks of 17.5 points and 4.3 assists in 37.9 minutes over 37 games. 

Hamilton, 23, spent the 2016-17 season with Golden State’s G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, where he averaged 11.4 points, 4.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 23.4 minutes over 43 games. Prior to joining Santa Cruz, Hamilton played collegiately for four seasons at Louisiana Tech, where he averaged 19.9 points, 6.2 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.97 steals in 33 games as a senior in 2015-16, earning Conference USA Player of the Year honors.

Niang, 24, appeared in 23 games for the Indiana Pacers in 2016-17, totaling 21 points and 17 rebounds in 93 minutes of action. Originally selected by the Pacers with the 50th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, Niang averaged 19.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 33.0 minutes over six games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA G League last season. Niang played collegiately for four seasons at Iowa State University, where he earned the 2016 Karl Malone Award, given to the nation’s best power forward, after averaging 20.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a senior in 2015-16.

Following seven days of practice, the Warriors will open their preseason schedule at Oracle Arena on Saturday, September 30, against the Denver Nuggets before traveling to China for a pair of preseason games against the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the NBA Global Games.

The roster:

Stephen Curry
Kevin Durant
Draymond Green
Klay Thompson
Andre Iguodala
Shaun Livingston
Zaza Pachulia
JaVale McGee
David West
Nick Young
Omri Casspi
Patrick McCaw
Damian Jones
Kevon Looney
Jordan Bell
Chris Boucher (two-way contract)
Georges Niang
Antonius Cleveland
Alex Hamilton
Michael Gbinije

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