Jenkins knew another point guard was coming


Jenkins knew another point guard was coming

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LAS VEGAS -- It turned out to be Jarrett Jack.But it could have been Andre Miller, Kirk Hinrich, Jason Kiddor any number of other point guards.The Warriors went out and acquired a veteran backup forStephen Curry, something just about everyone figured they would do. Includingsecond-year point guard Charles Jenkins.No player on the Warriors roster is more affected by theacquisition of Jack acquired in a three-team deal with New Orleans that sentDorell Wright to Philly than Jenkins.Just like that, Jenkins went from being the backup pointguard to being the third-string point guard.My approach is going to be the same, Jenkins said after practicingwith the Warriors summer league team on Wednesday and learning about thetrade. In the NBA you dont know when your opportunities are going to come.But when they do, you have to make the most of them. So, Im going to keep thatapproach.Jenkins played in 51 of 66 games last year for the Warriors,including 28 starts. He averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 assists per game, and ledall rookies in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.83-to-1).Despite that, its clear the Warriors felt they needed moreexperience and know-how behind Curry, who played in only 26 games last yearafter numerous ankle tweaks.Last year I was used to being the main guy, Jenkins said. WithSteph coming back healthy, I might not have the same opportunity I had lastyear. So its about taking advantage of any opportunity to be a spark off thebench, coming in and getting a stop defensively or not playing at all and beinga great teammate.Jenkins said hes not upset that the Warriors acquired Jack.He said he knew the Warriors would bring another point guard into camp, he justdidnt know who.Not at all, Jenkins said when asked if he was bothered.Its more motivation for me. I just have to come in and work hard. In the NBA,things like this are going to happen. You have to prepare for it. The onlything I can do is work hard and compete to the best of my ability. The frontoffice will make their decisions, and my job is to continue to get into the gymearly, watch film and use the summer league and all my time on the practicecourt to get better.

Warriors as healthy as ever while playing waiting game for next opponent

Warriors as healthy as ever while playing waiting game for next opponent

OAKLAND -- Now that the Warriors have gone through a full-squad scrimmage for the first time in three weeks, there is only one issue to be resolved before they get back to the business of the playoffs.

Whom to play? And when?

As of Friday afternoon, the Warriors had no idea of either.

They will face the winner of the Clippers-Jazz first-round series, in which Utah took a 3-2 lead into Game 6 Friday night in Salt Lake City.

“Why are we talking about Utah like the Clippers are done?” Draymond Green wondered after fielding several Jazz-related questions after scrimmaging.

Well, because the Jazz won Games 4 and 5 and is favored to win Game 6 at home. If they win, they’ll come into Oracle Arena Sunday afternoon to meet the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

If the Clippers win Game 6 to even the series, those teams will meet for Game 7 Sunday in Los Angeles, with the winner advancing to face the Warriors in Game 1 of the conference semifinals next Tuesday night in Oakland.

In any case, the Warriors appear about as healthy has they have been at any time since February.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, out with a finger/hand injury since Game 1 (April 16) of the first-round series against Portland, participated in the scrimmage, as did veteran forward Matt Barnes, who last played on April 8, when he sustained a bone bruise atop his right foot.

“They practiced today and they even went through the scrimmage,” acting head coach Mike Brown said. “But we’ll wait for our training staff to clear them, after they see how they feel today and (Saturday).”

In short, if swelling is minimal, both will be available for Game 1, regardless of when.

So, too, will Kevin Durant. After a strained left calf kept him out of Games 2 and 3 against the Trail Blazers, he started and played 20 minutes in decisive Game 4 without any ill effects.

Nothing changed during the scrimmage Friday.

“It felt great out there,” he said. “Nothing bothered me. It was definitely good. I’m just trying to hopefully put that injury stuff behind.”

Durant conceded that he continues to receive treatment and ice, but mostly to minimize potential swelling.

Durant makes plea to NBA officials: 'S--- talking is part of the game'

Durant makes plea to NBA officials: 'S--- talking is part of the game'

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant wishes more NBA officials had a better grasp of the language of the game.

They don’t seem to understand that “trash talk” almost always is little more than an act in which healthy emotions are released. It’s as much of the game on the court as pointing out a bad haircut or a fashion error in the locker room.

“I was raised that if you weren’t talking on the court, then something (bad) is going on,” Durant said after Warriors practice on Friday.

Durant caught a glimpse of the chatter earlier this week between former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook and Houston guard Patrick Beverley in decisive Game 5 of the Thunder-Rockets series and was disappointed when the officials slapped each with a technical foul.

“I was like, ‘Man, just play on. It’s a part of the game,’” Durant said.

Though Durant himself is not a premier trash-talker, he plays alongside one in fellow forward Draymond Green.

“That’s why we started playing, to talk a little s--- here and there,” said Durant, who grew up in the Washington D.C. area. “Draymond is really good at it. There are a lot of guys in the league that are good. More guys are quiet now than before.

“But s--- talking is a part of the game. I love it. It’s fun when you’re on the same team as a guy that does it. And then, when you’re playing against it, it’s even better because it brings the best out of you.”

For Durant, there always will be a place for trash talk on the court. Not only did he experience it while growing up but he also was indoctrinated in the practice from the moment he arrived in the NBA in 2007.

He recalls, with fondness, being targeted as a rookie by Kevin Garnett and a few other Celtics.

“When I came into the league, that’s when the Celtics had just got together,” Durant said. “Paul Pierce and KG and those guys talked bad to me as a rookie. I was 19. And they talked so bad to me. And I was talking right back. It was just a fun exchange. That’s what basketball is about.”

Now if only he could get officials to realize this.