Nets-Warriors: What to watch for

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Nets-Warriors: What to watch for

Ever since the Warriors traded Monta Ellis, theyve been upand down in their play. Theyve had games where theyve come with energy andeffort and played very well.But there have been other games where those elements havebeen missing, and the results havent been good at all. The Warriors havelooked very bad in recent losses to New Orleans, Houston, Minnesota andMilwaukee.But if theres a pattern thats developed, its that theWarriors have usually followed up a bad performance with a good one.
If thats the case, expect the Warriors to play well onFriday night against the New Jersey Nets at Oracle. After all, some areconsidering the Warriors last game a 97-82 loss at home to the Hornets their worst one of the season.Here are some things to watch for during the Nets-Warriorsgame:Defend Deron: His numbers are a littleoff this season, but nobody doubts point guard Deron Williams still isnt oneof the best in the game. On the shorthanded New Jersey Nets, Williams is beingasked to do too much, and its affected his efficiency and shootingpercentage.Still, Williams is the one player on New Jersey capable oflifting his team by himself, and hes got to be accounted for. Assuming NateRobinson starts, which he did on Wednesday against the Hornets, hed probablyget the first crack at Williams. Its a tough assignment but someone has to doit.Rebound better: In the first meetingbetween these teams a 107-100 New Jersey win the Nets dominated the Warrioron the glass 45-26. Power forward Kris Humphries dominated the interior,scoring 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.The Warriors have been inconsistent with their reboundingthis season one game getting hammered on the glass and the next game hangingin. Against the Lakers on Tuesday, they held their own.But that hasnt been the case much of the season, and theWarriors are going to have to re-commit in that area against NewJersey.All about effort: Warriors coach MarkJackson was not pleased with his teams play on Wednesday, and he let hisplayers know that in the locker room afterward.Jackson said Theres a right way to lose, and the Warriorsdidnt lose the right way against New Orleans. What he basically meant was thatthe effort level has to be better and the Warriors have to be more consistentwith the energy they bring.STEINMETZ: Jackson says Warriors still have a lot to play for
The one thing Jackson has been good at this season isgetting his players to go hard on a consistent basis. Expect that to be thecase against New Jersey.

NBA Gameday: Draymond Green vs Blake Griffin

NBA Gameday: Draymond Green vs Blake Griffin

OAKLAND -- Once upon a time, for a few fleeting seasons, there was a rivalry between the Warriors and the Clippers. These days, however, it’s more like an exhibition of domination.

The Warriors will be trying to sweep LA for the second consecutive season when the teams meet Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

While the Warriors (47-9) open the post-All-Star break trying to solidify their status as the No. 1 overall seed, the Clippers (35-21) are scrambling to hang onto the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. LA has won its last four games, but is 6-7 since Chris Paul went down with a thumb injury on Jan. 18.

Paul was originally expected to miss at least six weeks and still is listed as out. He has, however, received medical clearance and Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Thursday morning left open the possibility of Paul’s return.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 13

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Draymond Green vs. Blake Griffin: The rise of the Warriors can be traced back to Green’s stifling of Griffin in the first round of the 2014 playoffs. It’s a classic battle between a defensive ace and a spectacular offensive star. With Paul expected to miss his 14th consecutive game, it’s up to Griffin to make plays while also carrying the bulk of the scoring load. In three games against the Warriors this season, he is averaging 21.0 points on 45.3-percent (24-of-53) shooting.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: C Zaza Pachulia (R rotator cuff strain) and C David West (L thumb fracture) are listed as questionable.

Clippers: F Brice Johnson (herniated disk) and G Chris Paul (L thumb ligament tear) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Clippers: 5-5.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won the last nine regular-season meetings and 17 of the last 22. They have won 10 in a row in Oakland and 20 of the last 22.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

POST-BREAK BLUES: The first game after the break is treacherous for most teams, and the Warriors are no exception. Coming off the break last season, they went to Portland and lost by 32 -- still their most lopsided loss since Steve Kerr arrived before the 2014-15 season. Early intensity may be hard to muster, but it’s necessary.

PARK ON THE ARC: The Clippers are a team of launchers, relying largely on jumpers from the perimeter, often 3-point distance, where they rank fourth in field-goal percentage. They rank 27th in points in the paint and 24th in second-chance points, so the Warriors would be wise to force contested jump shots, no matter who is taking them.

BALL VALUE: The Warriors over the last five games are averaging a very manageable 10.8 turnovers. If they continue this trend, it pretty much closes off any avenue for the Clippers to crank up their offense.

Mum at deadline, Warriors ineligible to re-sign Andrew Bogut

Mum at deadline, Warriors ineligible to re-sign Andrew Bogut

OAKLAND -- The Warriors, as expected, mostly observed from the sideline as the NBA trade deadline came and went on Thursday.

That does not mean they were inactive.

While other teams shopped around with an eye on matching up with them, the Warriors, according to multiple sources, were constantly studying the market -- and will continue to do so with the knowledge that a number of veteran players will be bought out and, therefore, become available on the cheap.

Ex-Warriors center Andrew Bogut, for example, likely will be on the market after the 76ers acquired him in a trade with the Mavericks. But because the Warriors traded Bogut within the last 12 months, they are not eligible to re-sign him, even if they were so inclined, which they are not.

Any move the Warriors make in the coming weeks likely will bring in a wing to play behind the likes of Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson. They place a high value on such players largely because they tend to be relatively seamless fits into their defensive concepts.