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Jazz-Warriors: What to watch for

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Jazz-Warriors: What to watch for

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The Warriors finish up a six-game homestand on Thursdaynight against the Utah Jazz. Regardless of what happens, it will end up as adisappointing stretch.If the Warriors beat the Jazz, theyll end up 3-3, whichsimply isnt good enough to make any headway in the rugged Western Conference.Still they will have ended things with consecutive wins and a little bit ofmomentum.But a loss would give the Warriors a losing homestand and a7-13 record overall. And with 10 of their next 15 games on the road, thingsdont get any easier.Here are some things to watch for:Backcourt advantage: When the Jazz beatthe Warriors 88-87 on Jan. 7 at Oracle Arena, Golden State was missing pointguard Stephen Curry, out with an ankle injury.It will be Utah that is short-handed on Thursday. Backuppoint guard Earl Watson is doubtful for the game after spraining his ankle onWednesday. And Raja Bell, who did a nice job on Monta Ellis in the first game,has missed the past two games with a strained abductor and is listed asquestionable.Even starting point guard Devin Harris isnt 100 percent,dealing with a sore hamstring.On the interior: Much of the Warriorsfortunes are tied into whether they can get anything positive out of centerAndris Biedrins and power forward Ekpe Udoh.Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been trying to coax someproductiveness out of each player, and it appears as if slowly but surely itmight be working. The bottom line is that the Warriors are at a disadvantagewhen Jackson elects to play David Lee at the center position. Against a team such as Utah, with AlJefferson and Paul Millsap, that would seem to be a recipe for disaster.Depth advantage: The Warriors bench hasbeen the best part of the team this season. In a win against the Kings onTuesday, Jackson played his subs for almost the entire fourth period, and theyrewarded him with a victory.With the Jazz having played Wednesday night in Utah, theWarriors bench should have another opportunity to make an impact. Brandon Rush,who had 15 of his season-high 20 points in the fourth quarter against theKings, is leading the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage at .593.Limit turnovers: Bottom line is that whenthe Warriors treat the ball badly, they usually lose. When they take care ofit, theyve got a chance. Take this homestand for example The Warriors had 18 turnovers against Indiana and lost; theyhad 24 turnovers against Memphis and lost; they had 11 turnovers againstPortland and won; they had 20 turnovers against Oklahoma City and lost; theyhad eight turnovers against Sacramento and won.

UNC cites scheduling conflict for not visiting Trump at White House

UNC cites scheduling conflict for not visiting Trump at White House

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina’s national championship men’s basketball team will not visit the White House because of a scheduling conflict.

Team spokesman Steve Kirschner said Saturday that Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams and the players were willing to go, and the university and White House tried “eight or nine” dates but none worked.

The Tar Heels, who beat Gonzaga in April to win their latest national title, visited the White House after their 2009 championship. The team was not invited when they won the 2005 NCAA Tournament.

On Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted that Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is no longer invited to the White House because of what the president called hesitation by the two-time NBA MVP in deciding whether to make the traditional trip by the NBA champions to Washington.

Warriors issue statement responding to Trump, announce plan for trip to DC

Warriors issue statement responding to Trump, announce plan for trip to DC

In response to President Trump revoking an invitation to the White House, the Warriors put out the following statement:

"While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited. We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.

In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization."

Trump posted the following tweet at 5:45am PT Saturday morning:

"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!" Trump wrote.