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Magic-Warriors: What to watch for

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Magic-Warriors: What to watch for

OAKLAND The Warriors took care of one team from Florida onTuesday night and they go for the state sweep on Thursday against the OrlandoMagic. The Warriors snapped a five-game losing streak with their overtimevictory against the Heat, and now its time to see if they can take a two-gamewinning streak out on the road, where they will play their next fourgames.Heres what to watch for:3-ball: The Orlando Magic went 16-for-27from 3-point range in Wednesdays win over the Portland Trail Blazers. But thatswhat happens when you commit to double-teaming center Dwight Howard. It leavesperimeter shooters open. The Warriors might want to try seeing if Howard canbeat them by himself.
Defending Ellis: The Magic doesnt reallyhave a player who is a good matchup against Monta Ellis. Jason Richards, J.J.Redick, Jameer Nelson and perhaps Chris Duhon may get cracks at Ellis. But itsgoing to have to be a team effort for Orlando.Production from Wright, Lee: DorellWright and David Lee are coming off very good games, and those nice games wenta long way toward the Warriors knocking off the Heat. Its important thatWright stays engaged, particularly at the offensive end, and Lee makes animpact on the interior.

Does Harrison Barnes miss the Bay Area? 'I like living in Dallas, but...'

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Does Harrison Barnes miss the Bay Area? 'I like living in Dallas, but...'

After four years in Oakland, Harrison Barnes was forced to leave town when the Warriors signed Kevin Durant last summer.

Barnes just finished the first year of a four-year, $94 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

So, does the former first-round pick miss his old home?

"I like living in Dallas but will always have love for Oakland!!" Barnes said in response to a question on Twitter on Sunday.

Barnes also picked his favorite restaurants in Oakland and San Francisco.

"Belly in Oakland or Amber in SF," Barnes wrote.

Steve Kerr keeping offseason routine in line: 'I'm not Jon Gruden'

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Steve Kerr keeping offseason routine in line: 'I'm not Jon Gruden'

For the third straight summer, Steve Kerr has had a shortened offseason to work with.

While he is working on things for the 2017-18 season, he's not trying to cram as much work into a short period of time. He's taking time to relax and enjoy the summer.

In an interview with The Chronicle's Scott Ostler on Saturday, Kerr pulled back the curtain on how's spending the time before training camp starts.

“I’m on the phone, talking to Bob Myers, talking to our coaches and to different people. Writing down thoughts, putting together plans for our coaching retreat. It might be just something that pops into my head, where I just stop and write something down. But I’m not Jon Gruden, I’m not waking up at five in the morning and going to the film room,” Kerr said.

What could Kerr and Myers possibly talk about every single day?

“We talk about players, talk about roles. We talked a lot about Nick Young and [Omri] Casspi before we signed those guys. Talked a lot about our center position. Bob and I talk every day, kind of the first thing in the morning we check in with each other, usually talk for a half hour. We’re really close. He just got back from a great vacation, in Italy,” Kerr said.

Kerr and the defending champion Warriors get back on the court Sept. 30 in a preseason tilt against the Nuggets in Oakland. Then they head to China to play the Timberwolves twice before returning to face the Kings at home on Oct. 13. Four days later, they raise a banner, get their rings and tip-off the regular season against the Rockets.