Nets vs. Warriors: What to watch for


Nets vs. Warriors: What to watch for

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After finishing their recent road trip with a 2-1 record,the Warriors play the Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night. GoldenState will play five of its next six games in Oakland. With a 6-5 record, theWarriors hope to gain some separation with the .500 mark over the next 10days.Here are some things to watch for during Wednesday nightsgame between the Nets and Warriors:Curry vs. Williams: Warriors point guardStephen Curry is coming off his best game as a pro. He scored 31 points andhanded out nine assists in the Warriors 105-101 overtime win against Dallas onMonday.RELATED: Curry's best pro game
More than those numbers was when Curry put up those numbers:When the game was on the line. Curry scored the Warriors final eight points inregulation, then scored or assisted on 13 of the Warriors 15 points inovertime.Of the last 32 points the Warriors scored that game, Curryhad a hand in 29 of them.It doesnt get any easier with Deron Williams coming toOracle. Williams isnt shooting the ball particularly well this season (42.2percent), but nobody doubts that hes one of the best point guards inbasketball. Hes got size, quickness and strength and Curry will have his handsfull.Keep rebounding: Rebounding has been astrength of the Warriors, and theyll need to win that battle against the Nets.Brook Lopez is a legitimate big man, but he is not considered a good rebounderfor his size.The player the Warriors need to neutralize on the glass isathletic power forward Kris Humphries, who hurt the Warriors in a game lastyear in New Jersey.If David Lee can keep contain Humphries on the glass,theres no reason the Warriors shouldnt have an advantage in that phase of thegame.Pick up the pace: The Warriors halfcourtoffense has bogged down at times this season and it seems apparent that theyfunction better in the open court.That would seem to be a solid plan against the Nets becauseBrooklyn is coming off a tough game on Tuesday night in Los Angeles against theLakers -- and their core guys played big minutes.

Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'


Kevin Durant: 'Whoever did this should be fired and thrown in jail'

There are some people out there who are still extremely bitter about Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder for the Warriors.

An eighth grade Spanish teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma issued a handout on the first day of school.

Part of it read:

DON'T BE A ... Kevin Durant
KD left the OKC Thunder last summer after falling to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Following the end of the season, he decided it was in his best interest to join the very same team that had just knocked him out of the playoffs. Don't be like KD. Don't take the easy way out. Things like cheating, plagiarizing, and copying your friends homework may not seem like a big deal now but they are building habits that can significantly hinder you later in life. Additionally, always strive to finish what you've started. Half-finished homework is unfinished homework. Don't try to turn in an assignment if you have not done what is necessary and expected.

DO BE A ... Michael Jordan
MJ! The GOAT! 6 championships, 4 MVPs. Yadda yadda. The greatest thing this man ever did? Saving the Looney Tunes from a lifetime of servitude to an alien race. Did MJ take the easy way out? Did he ever back down from a challenge? NO! Be like Mike. Learning a new language is a challenging thing and parts of this year are going to be...

And then the words get cut off.

Well, Kevin Durant got wind of this and responded on Twitter:

If anything happens to this teacher, we will let you know...

Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award


Andre Iguodala falls short in 'Best off the Bench' award

According to NBA players, Andre Iguodala is not the best sixth man in the league.

On Friday morning, Lou Williams was recognized as the "Best off the Bench" player.

At the inaugural NBA Awards Show in late June, Iguodala finished runner-up in the Sixth Man of the Year race to Rockets guard Eric Gordon.

Iguodala received 43 first-place votes, 34 second-place votes and nine third-place votes.

Gordon registered 46 first-place votes, 40 second-place votes and eight third-place votes.

Williams was a very distant third with five third-place votes, 10 second-place votes and 15 third-place votes.

He averaged 18.6 points and 3.2 assists over 58 games with the Lakers last season, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from deep.

In 23 regular season games with the Rockets, Williams averaged 14.9 points and 2.4 assists on 38.6 percent shooting overall and just below 32 percent from 3-point territory.

Against the Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals, Williams struggled to the tune of 7.3 points per game. He shot 35 percent from the floor and below 18 percent from distance.

Iguodala played arguably his best game of the season in Game 5 of the NBA Finals -- 20 points (9 for 14 FG), four rebounds and three assists.

For the series, his +60 mark led the Warriors by a comfortable margin (Draymond Green +30, Kevin Durant +33, Steph Curry +30, Klay Thompson +22).

Iguodala was rewarded with a 3-year, $48 million contract this summer.

I doubt he cares whatsoever about falling short for this award...

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