Pacers vs. Warriors: What to watch for


Pacers vs. Warriors: What to watch for

Programming note: Pacers-Warriors coverage begins on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area at 7 p.m. with Warriors Pregame Live. Stick around after the final buzzer for Warriors Postgame Live!

The Warriors will try to build on their recent good play onSaturday night when they play the Indiana Pacers at Oracle Arena.The Warriors have won four of their past five games and area season-high three games over .500 at 9-6. The Warriors are tied with the L.A.Clippers atop the Pacific Division and the No. 4 seed in the WesternConference.The Pacers also have won four of five to turn around atroubling start and push their record to .500. Theyre coming off a 97-92 winat Sacramento on Friday and have begun their four-game Western trip withconsecutive wins.Here are some things to watch for during Saturdays gamebetween the Pacers and Warriors:Continue to rebound: If theres been onesurprising aspect to the Warriors start this season its been their ability towin rebounding battles.Roy Hibbert is one of the biggest centers in the league andDavid West is among the NBAs toughest power forwards, which means the Warriorswill have their hands full up front.But Golden State has evened out any size deficiencies with agang-rebounding mentality that has served them well. In the Warriors last win, for example, shooting guard KlayThompson had a career-high nine rebounds against Denver.Limit turnovers: The Warriors have gottenaway with some sloppy play at times this season as theyre among the worstteams when it comes to committing turnovers.Against a team such as Indiana, which doesnt mind playing aslower style that limits possessions, its important to get as many possessionsand shots as possible.Point guard Stephen Curry is coming off his firstdouble-digit assist game of the season with 10 against Denver but over thecourse of the season his assist-to-turnover ratio has not been a strength.For the Warriors to continue to grow and continue to win,Curry and his teammates are going to have to start taking better care of theball.Take advantage of schedule: There are noautomatic wins or automatic losses in the NBA, but at the same time there aregames on the schedule that can favor one team over another.Saturdays game would seem to favor the Warrior, what withthe Pacers on a West Coast road swing and coming off a game on Friday nightagainst the Kings. The Warriors, on the other hand, didnt play on Friday andshould be well-rested.

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not repeat as the NBA All-Star Game's 3-point shootout champion. 

In need of 19 points, Thompson managed only 18 -- that allowed Kemba Walker to advance into the semifinals. 

Houston's Eric Gordon had the high score of the first round. He went on to win the championship -- besting Kyrie Irving.

Thompson has made 182 3-pointers this season which ranks him fifth in the league. 

Draymond Green defends Kyrie Irving: Earth 'may be flat'

Draymond Green defends Kyrie Irving: Earth 'may be flat'

Kyrie Irving became a hot topic at All-Star weekend when the Cavs star point guard said he believes planet Earth is flat. No, really, he did

And it looks like Irving may not be alone. Speaking to the media Saturday, Draymond Green made it known he may be a flat-earth truther too. 

"I don't know. I haven't done enough research, but it may be flat," Green said

For those calling Irving's theory of a flat earth crazy, Green is looking at it in a much different way. 

"I wouldn't necessarily say crazy though," he continued with. "It's just his opinion. It's hard to call someone's opinion crazy, that's what he thinks. 

"Who’s to say that picture [from NASA] is telling the truth? I can make a round picture with my iPhone today, on the panoramic camera, and make it look round. So, I don’t know. I’m not saying I think it’s flat or round, I don’t know, but it could be.”

Green didn't say definitively that the earth is flat like Irving did, but he sure wouldn't say it's round.