McCaw gets the call with Klay out vs Heat: 'Lot of confidence in him'

McCaw gets the call with Klay out vs Heat: 'Lot of confidence in him'

OAKLAND -- Rookie Pat McCaw will make his first career start Tuesday night, when the Warriors face the Miami Heat at Oracle Arena, coach Steve Kerr said in his pregame news conference.

McCaw is starting at shooting guard in place of Klay Thompson.

“Klay was sick the last couple games,” Kerr said. “He’s just run down. And he just needs a night off. I think it’ll be really good for him, and he’ll be ready to go (vs. Detroit) Thursday.”

Despite being listed on the injury report will an illness last Friday, Thompson played 42 minutes against Memphis. He played 36 minutes Sunday at Sacramento.

McCaw recently shed an illness that forced him out of the lineup for games of Dec. 30 and Jan. 2. Just prior to that, the 6-foot-7, 185-pound UNLV product played in one game with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the Development League.

Kerr said he felt no need for a pregame talk with McCaw, whose composure has been one of his more impressive attributes.

“We told him this morning he’d be starting,” Kerr said. “We have a lot of confidence in him. And I think sometimes if you talk to a guy, you just make him more nervous. Sometimes the best way to go is just to throw him out there and let him play.”

McCaw has come off the bench in 28 games and his averaging 2.6 points per game.

Conor McGregor works out in throwback Warriors J-Rich jersey

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Conor McGregor works out in throwback Warriors J-Rich jersey

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are set to square off in the ring on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for one of the biggest fights of all time.

To get ready for one of the most hyped up sporting events in years, McGregor needed a little motivation from the 'We Believe' Warriors to come out victorious in an upset.

In a YouTube video showing the highlights of McGregor during his world tour promoting the fight with Mayweather, McGregor rocked a throwback Jason Richardson Warriors jersey. You can see McGregor in the jersey at the 45-seconds mark.

Richardson averaged 18.3 points and 5.4 rebounds over six seasons with the Warriors. 

McGregor (21-3 in the UFC) is looking to give Mayweather (49-0) the first loss of his career.

Report: Lakers have shown interest in former Warriors guard

Report: Lakers have shown interest in former Warriors guard

Ian Clark is looking for his next basketball home.

And the Lakers have shown interest in the free agent guard, according to The Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner.

Over 77 regular season games with the Warriors last season, Clark averaged 6.8 points while shooting just under 49 percent from the field and over 37 percent from deep.

In 16 playoff games (he did not play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals), he averaged 6.8 points on 50.6 percent shooting overall, and 36 percent from 3-point territory.

Last week, he was asked if he would be back with the Warriors in 2017-18.

"It's not looking like it," Clark said while in Memphis. "Going through that situation right now. As much as I want to stay, it's a business. But we'll see. Anything could happen."

The Warriors do have an open roster spot, but it's quite possible they enter training camp and/or the season with just 14 players under contract.

Golden State can only offer Clark the minimum of $1,577,230.

The Lakers could give Clark up to $4.3 million -- the room mid-level exception.

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