Nuggets-Warriors: What to watch for

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Nuggets-Warriors: What to watch for

The Golden State Warriors return home for one game after a four-game roadtrip, and then its right back onto the road again. Losers of seven of their past eight games, they'll takeon the Denver Nuggets, currently holding down the eighth and final playoff spotin the Western Conference.After Saturdays game, the Warriors then travel to Denverfor a game against the Nuggets on Monday and to Portland for a game against theBlazers on Wednesday.Here are some things to watch for during SaturdaysNuggets-Warriors game at Oracle Arena: Jenkins & Robinson at point: Rookie Charles Jenkins has been showing steady improvement over the past several weeks.Meanwhile, Nate Robinson continues to slump.Still, both point guards have been splitting time, andRobinson had a particularly troubling outing against the Jazz on Friday.Robinson went just 2-for-10 from the field and committed three turnovers in 23minutes.RECAP: Jazz slip past Warriors in Utah
Over the past 12 games, Robinson is shooting just 35.5percent from the field and for the season has now dropped down to 39.8percent.Lets see if Warriors coach Mark Jackson begins to funnelmore minutes Jenkins way.Execute down stretch: The Warriors took atwo-point lead into the fourth quarter against the Jazz but lost the lead andthe game. On Tuesday, Golden State was up 12 points with 10 minutes to playagainst the Grizzlies but lost that game.It seems apparent that the Warriors are struggling to scorelate in games during big possessions. Instead of running their offense atthose points, the Warriors have gone a little too much one-on-one and the shotstheyve gotten have not been terribly good ones.If the Warriors hope to win a few of their remaining 12games, theyre going to need to find a way to score when the game is on theline.Account for Harrington: Former WarriorsAl Harrington is the Nuggets leading scorer and he comes off the bench.Harrington is a player who can get hot in a hurry, particularly from beyond the3-point arc.If Harrington is on the floor, the Warriors need to be awareof him because Harrington is very aggressive. At the other end, it makes senseto occupy Harrington because hes not the best defender in the league.Contain Lawson: Point guard Ty Lawson ishaving a very good year for the Nuggets and makes them go. When Lawson playswell, Denver is tough to beat.When Lawson can be controlled, it makes the job of defeatingthe Nuggets a little easier.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.