Not a good time for Warriors to play Bulls


Not a good time for Warriors to play Bulls

Chicago (1-0) vs. Warriors (0-1)
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OAKLAND -- The good news is the Warriors get to immediatelybounce back from their disappointing season-opening loss to the Clippers. Badnews is that its against the Chicago Bulls.Of all the teams the Warriors could play right now, feelslike the Bulls have to be among the worst. Theyre an elite defensive team,they already seem to be playing for something and theyve got goodchemistry.The Warriors are clearly not a finished product and werevery much looking for their way on the offensive end against L.A. Warriors coach Mark Jackson focused onhis team giving up 64 points in the second half, and that was definitely aproblem.

But at least the Warriors played one pretty good defensivehalf against the Clippers in the first. They werent good on offense ineither half. The Bulls could make it very difficult on the Warriors onMonday. They have a way of locking down opponents in the halfcourt, and that's where the Warriors are weak.And dont forget, MVP Derrick Rose might even have somethingto prove. He was less than ordinary when the Warriors beat Chicago last seasonat Oracle, finishing with just 14 points -- on 6-for-15 from the field -- andnine turnovers.-- Stephen Curry ended up playing onSunday after spraining his right ankle in the last preseason game. Curry hadntpracticed since rolling the ankle Tuesday in Sacramento.Curry didnt play well against the Clippers -- 2-for-12 fromthe field, five turnovers -- but it wasnt obvious that the ankle was botheringhim. At least not to me. Currydefinitely didnt blame the ankle afterwards, saying it felt fine.-- One place the Warriors didnt lose thegame was on the interior. David Lee and Andris Biedrins werent the problem asthey held their own against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.The Warriors resorted to intentionally fouling Jordan in thethird quarter, a strategy that neither failed nor succeeded. Jordan went4-for-12 from the free throw line on the night, but the Warriors didnt go onany kind of run when employing the strategy.Jordan may not have been great from the line, but he made upfor it by blocking eight shots.---Brandon Rush was the Warriors mostproductive player off the bench, scoring 12 points in 28 minutes. There weretimes when he was on the floor at the same time as Dorell Wright, but itscertainly possible Rush could cut into Wrights minutes this season.Wright still seems to be searching for his game a little bitthis season.

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