With lockout over, a quick Warriors' refresher

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With lockout over, a quick Warriors' refresher

Its been a long offseason, but itstime to get busy. The NBA lockout ended early Saturday morning, and theWarriors have things to do.The Warriors havent played for aboutseven months, so it might be worth the time for a little refreshercourse.When we last left them they had finishedthe season 36-46, 10 wins short of the No. 8 playoff team in the WesternConference. In other words, they've still got a ways to go.But for now, this is the roster theWarriors are sitting with, including for how long each player remains undercontract.Lou Amundson, PF: One year remaining at 2.4million. Amundson wasn't healthy for most of last year, and the Warriors needmore energy off the bench from him this season.Charlie Bell, PG: Oneyear remaining at 4.1 million. Hard to imagine Bell will be any kind offactor. Expect the Warriors to package Bell as part of a deal or hold onto himso his 4-million-plus comes off the books at season's end. Its possible theycould use the amnesty clause on Bell, although that would seem a tadshort-sighted.Andris Biedrins, C: Three years remaining at 27million. Once upon a time, this contract seemed OK. But that was beforeBiedrins' game went missing. Can he retrieve it?Stephen Curry, PG: Twoyears remaining at 7 million. The Warriors have made it clear they want Curryas part of their long-term future. But does Curry want the Warriors?Monta Ellis, SG: Threeyears remaining at 33 million. It's a simple question and one the Warriorshave been wrestling with for a little while: Can the Warriors get better bytrading their best player?Charles Jenkins, SG: Unsignedrookie. Is Jenkins destined for the D-League or does he have a shotat beating out Jeremy Lin?David Lee, PF: Fiveyears remaining at 68.5 million. No doubt it hurts when you see the amount ofmoney Lee is still owed. General manager Larry Riley hoped to build around Lee,but there are other voices now in the team's front office.Jeremy Lin, PG: Unsignedsecond-year player. Everyone knows Warriors owner Joe Lacob had a lot to do withLin's signing. But if Lin isn't cutting it in Year No. 2, will Lacob keep himaround?Klay Thompson, SG: Unsignedrookie. Looks to have NBA range, and seems likely to get some backup minutes atshooting guard and small forward.Jeremy Tyler, C: Unsignedrookie. The question comes down to Tyler's motor. If he's into it andcommitted, he could pitch in off the bench for the Warriors. If not, he'll getplenty of playing time in Dakota.Ekpe Udoh, PF: Threeyears remaining at 11.2 million. Udoh seems poised to make strides in hissecond year. He's gotten stronger and knows he'll consistently be in therotation. And as the Warriors' best interior defender, coach Mark Jackson isgoing to use him.Dorell Wright, SF: Twoyears remaining at 7.9 million. Wright's game took off last year. This yearthey need that -- and for him to get back to his defending ways.

NBA Gameday: Barnes, Warriors welcome Kings to Oracle

NBA Gameday: Barnes, Warriors welcome Kings to Oracle

OAKLAND -- Seeking their sixth consecutive win, the Warriors will get their first look at the dramatically revamped Sacramento Kings when the teams meet Friday night at Oracle Arena.

A win by the Warriors, combined with a Cleveland Cavaliers loss, would give the Warriors homecourt advantage in any NBA Finals scenario.

But the Warriors (57-14) may have to squint to recognize these Kings, who last month traded star big man DeMarcus Cousins -- the team’s mainstay for seven years -- to the Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and other considerations.

The Kings (27-44) have lost 11 of 14 games since the deal and are slowly sinking out of the Western Conference playoff race.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 17.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Klay Thompson vs. Buddy Hield: It’s a battle between the Bahamians, or as Thompson has said of Hield, “My Bahamian brother.” Thompson has been cooking, shooting 53.2 percent (25-of-47) beyond the arc and 55.3 (52-of-94) percent overall over the last five games. Hield, a rookie from Oklahoma, has adapted well to Sacramento, scoring in double digits in 10 of 11 games while shooting 48.2 percent (27-of-56) from deep and 50.0 percent (60-of-120) overall this month.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, tibial bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Kings: F Rudy Gay (L Achilles tear) and G Malachi Richardson (R hamstring partial tear) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 7-3. Kings: 2-8.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won two of three meetings this season and 15 of the last 17 overall, including the last seven games in Oakland.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE TRANSITION GAME: Though the Kings are playing faster in the post-Cousins era, they still have little chance of matching the pace at which the Warriors prefer to play. Expect the Warriors to push at every opportunity, even if it means committing a few turnovers, in order to coax Sacramento out of rhythm. The Kings rank 26th in fast-break points and actually had a game in which they scored 0 fast-break points.

BOMBS AWAY: The Warriors rank third in 3-point shooting percentage (38.3), while the Kings rank 26th in 3-point percentage defense (37.2). There will opportunities galore for Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Ian Clark and Thompson -- who two years ago torched the Kings with an NBA-record 37 points in a quarter.

THIS “SKAL” GUY: Rookie forward Skal Labissiere, a 6-foot-11 package of raw talent, has been something of a revelation for the Kings. Emerging from the shadows in the wake of the Cousins deal, he has reminded observers why he was such a heralded prep recruit from the Memphis area. This sounds like a job for Draymond Green.

QUOTABLE

“Try to kill ‘em, plain and simple. Things didn’t go well there. They’re the enemy now. So we’re trying to kill ‘em. Beat ‘em by 50.” -- Warriors forward Matt Barnes on facing the Kings, who released him last month.

Warriors recall Kevon Looney from D-League ahead of Kings game

Warriors recall Kevon Looney from D-League ahead of Kings game

The Golden State Warriors have recalled forward Kevon Looney from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. Looney will be available for tonight’s Golden State game against the Sacramento Kings, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. (PDT) at Oracle Arena. 

Looney tallied 10 points, eight rebounds and one block in 13 minutes off the bench for Santa Cruz in Thursday's 106-103 road victory against the Austin Spurs. The 6’9”, 220-pound forward has appeared in four games (one start) with Santa Cruz this season, holding averages of 12.8 points and 11.3 rebounds while shooting 56.1 percent from the field in 19.8 minutes.  

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