Nets game holds key to Warriors road trip


Nets game holds key to Warriors road trip

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There are certain games during the course of an 82-game schedule that seem to stick out more than others. Friday night’s game between the Nets and Warriors in Brooklyn would seem to be one of those games.

The Warriors (11-7), coming off a win at Detroit on Wednesday, are playing Game 2 of a seven-game road trip, and the Nets are the second-toughest opponent (besides Miami) that they’ll face.

When charting out a road trip such as this, it’s not a game you put down in the “win” column early, that’s for sure. But that’s why it could be a real swing game for the Warriors. If the Warriors can come out of Brooklyn with a win, it sets up the possibility that this road trip could be something special.

Here are some things to watch for during Friday’s game between the Warriors and Brooklyn Nets:

The point guard matchup: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is playing very well these days, having put together four consecutive games of at least 20 points and 10 assists.

Question is: Can he have that type of impactful game against a very good opponent on the road? He may have to if the Warriors have a shot at winning the game.

As for Williams, he struggled against the Warriors in a Nov. 21 loss at Oracle Arena, scoring just nine points – on 4-for-12 from the field – and handing out eight assists.

Look for small-ball: If there’s one thing Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been questioned about this season, it’s his propensity to forgo playing with a center and instead pairing David Lee and Carl Landry up front.

Well, there should be plenty of Lee and Landry on Friday because Brooklyn center Brook Lopez will not play because of sprained right foot.

Andray Blatche could get the start in Lopez’ place and Reggie Evans – assuming he’ll play – will likely get plenty of minutes, too.

Locate Wallace: Gerald Wallace didn’t play when the team’s played on Nov. 21, and he’s been a player who has a nice history against Golden State.

Wallace is a very good defender, and his athleticism has afforded him the ability to get plenty of easy buckets over the years. If Wallace is defending Klay Thompson, it’s important Thompson makes sure to take as many quality shots as possible.

Wallace is also a very good rebounder from the small forward spot and Golden State will have to be aware of that.


Report: Rose accepts LeBron's invite; Bledsoe to join workouts

Report: Rose accepts LeBron's invite; Bledsoe to join workouts

LeBron James and Derrick Rose will be teammates in Cleveland next season.

And the two former MVPs will participate in workouts together this week in Las Vegas, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Soon after Rose agreed to terms with the Cavs on Monday, LeBron tweeted:

Another NBA player who will reportedly take the floor with LeBron and Rose in Sin City is Suns guard Eric Bledsoe.

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Why is that interesting?

Well, Bledsoe and LeBron share the same agent -- Rich Paul of Klutch Sports.

And several national NBA reporters have mentioned Bledsoe when looking at potential deals involving Kyrie Irving.

Bledsoe averaged 21.1 points and 6.3 assists over 66 games last season, but shot below 34 percent from 3-point territory last season.

The 27-year old does have injury concerns:

- 40 games in 2011-12
- 43 games in 2013-14
- 31 games in 2015-16

And he was shut down in mid-March last year because of ongoing knee soreness.

Bledsoe will make $14.5 million next season and $15 million in 2018-19.

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

Steph Curry: 'Definitely have to bring that back to the pregame routine'


Steph Curry: 'Definitely have to bring that back to the pregame routine'

Steph Curry is currently touring in Asia.

And during a recent stop in Hangzhou, the two-time champion took part in a special exhibition of Tai Chi. 

"It works on my balance, my focus," Curry told Laurence Scott. "He makes it look so easy, but it's pretty hard even though we're moving pretty slow.

"Definitely have to bring that back to the pregame routine next year so I got some more ammo to work with."

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Curry's younger brother, Seth, also participated.

"You can tell they put a lot of time and a lot practice into it," Seth explained. "Second nature to them. The way they were teasing us, they made it look very easy.

"We didn't make it look as easy. But it's a great experience to be able to do this type of stuff in their country. You can tell they take a lot of pride in it, just like we do our craft.

"So it was fun to come out here and learn from those guys and just try to learn the basics of what they do."

Seth Curry averaged 12.8 points and 2.7 assists per game with the Mavs last season, and shot 42.5 percent from deep.

Steph Curry averaged 25.3 points and 6.6 assists per game last season, and shot 41.1 percent from 3-point territory.

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