NBA Gameday: On road, Warriors must bottle up Kings' Cousins


NBA Gameday: On road, Warriors must bottle up Kings' Cousins

SACRAMENTO -- After seeing their home win streak snapped at nine games, the Warriors on Sunday travel 90 miles northeast to face the Sacramento Kings.

This will be the first appearance for the Warriors at Golden 1 Center, which opened three months ago in downtown Sacramento.

The Warriors (31-6) are trying to recover from their second late-game meltdown in 12 days, blowing a 24-point lead Friday night before losing to Memphis in overtime. They haven’t lost in Sacramento since Dec. 19, 2012.

Since sliding into the No. 8 playoff seed with a four-game win streak in late-December, the Kings (15-21) have lost four of five games, including their last three at home.


Warriors by 11.5


Zaza Pachulia and Co. vs. DeMarcus Cousins. By far the best player on his team and among the best centers in the NBA, Cousins generally sets the tone for how the Kings play. If he’s good, they have chance. If he’s great, they have a very good chance. If he’s off, they’re toast. Pachulia is just the kind of physical center who can get into Cousins’ head. Zaza will need help, and he’ll get it from his tag-team partners on the Warriors bench. The Warriors also won’t hesitate to double-team Cousins at times.


Warriors: No injuries listed. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the Development League.

Kings: F Rudy Gay (R hip flexor strain) is listed as probable.


Warriors: 8-2. Kings: 5-5.


The Warriors have won the last 12 meetings, dating back to March 2013. This is the first meeting this season.


Site adjustment: Despite making their debut in an arena they’ve never seen, much less practiced in, the Warriors did not have a morning shootaround at Golden 1. New buildings sometimes require a period of adaptation for depth perception and more. Will the Warriors need a quarter or so before settling in on offense?

Own the glass: Though the Warriors don’t command the offensive glass, they are a good rebounding team, ranking seventh overall. The Kings, by contrast, are 29th in rebounding. This is an area in which the Warriors should dominate. To not do so could crack open the door for Sacramento.

D ripe for ripping: The Warriors over the past week have seen two bottom-five defensive teams (Denver, Portland) and averaged 126 points in those games. The Kings are sixth from the bottom, so the Warriors will have chances to make it rain.

John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension


John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension

The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.

Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.

Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.

The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.


Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'


Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'

On Friday afternoon, news broke that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs.

Shortly thereafter, a Twitter account with over 296,000 followers tweeted the following:

[RATTO: Kyrie Irving needs to be traded to one place, and one place only]

A little over an hour later, Kevin Love responded:

On Tuesday night, Irving told Sports Illustrated the Cavs are "in a very peculiar place."

In the weeks between Cleveland's Game 5 loss to the Warriors and the start of free agency, Love was reportedly on the trading block.

The Cavs and GM David Griffin "mutually" parted ways three days before the NBA Draft.

Cleveland is finally finalizing a deal with assistant GM Coby Altman to become the permanent general manager, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent next summer, and there is already speculation about where he may go.

Man. The last six weeks in Cleveland have been wild...

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