The Warriors are wrapping up their predraft workouts this weekend, and Saturday the teams executives got a look-see at Baylor small forward Quincy Miller.Some mock drafts have Miller as a late first-round selection, meaning he could be a player the Warriors are considering with the No. 30 pick in Thursdays draft. Golden State has four picks the No. 7 pick, the No. 30 pick, the No. 35 pick and the No. 52 pick.Miller played just one season at Baylor, averaging 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Hes got nice size for the small forward position 6-foot-9 but hes not close to being a finished product at this point.The Warriors have Dorell Wright and Richard Jefferson under contract for next season, so drafting Miller would give the team time to develop him. Miller was the 2012 Big 12 Co-freshman of the year in 2011-12.After Miller worked out for Warriors executives, he sat down for interview with the media.
OAKLAND -- Now that the Warriors have gone through a full-squad scrimmage for the first time in three weeks, there is only one issue to be resolved before they get back to the business of the playoffs.
Whom to play? And when?
As of Friday afternoon, the Warriors had no idea of either.
They will face the winner of the Clippers-Jazz first-round series, in which Utah took a 3-2 lead into Game 6 Friday night in Salt Lake City.
“Why are we talking about Utah like the Clippers are done?” Draymond Green wondered after fielding several Jazz-related questions after scrimmaging.
Well, because the Jazz won Games 4 and 5 and is favored to win Game 6 at home. If they win, they’ll come into Oracle Arena Sunday afternoon to meet the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
If the Clippers win Game 6 to even the series, those teams will meet for Game 7 Sunday in Los Angeles, with the winner advancing to face the Warriors in Game 1 of the conference semifinals next Tuesday night in Oakland.
In any case, the Warriors appear about as healthy has they have been at any time since February.
Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, out with a finger/hand injury since Game 1 (April 16) of the first-round series against Portland, participated in the scrimmage, as did veteran forward Matt Barnes, who last played on April 8, when he sustained a bone bruise atop his right foot.
“They practiced today and they even went through the scrimmage,” acting head coach Mike Brown said. “But we’ll wait for our training staff to clear them, after they see how they feel today and (Saturday).”
In short, if swelling is minimal, both will be available for Game 1, regardless of when.
So, too, will Kevin Durant. After a strained left calf kept him out of Games 2 and 3 against the Trail Blazers, he started and played 20 minutes in decisive Game 4 without any ill effects.
Nothing changed during the scrimmage Friday.
“It felt great out there,” he said. “Nothing bothered me. It was definitely good. I’m just trying to hopefully put that injury stuff behind.”
Durant conceded that he continues to receive treatment and ice, but mostly to minimize potential swelling.
OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant wishes more NBA officials had a better grasp of the language of the game.
They don’t seem to understand that “trash talk” almost always is little more than an act in which healthy emotions are released. It’s as much of the game on the court as pointing out a bad haircut or a fashion error in the locker room.
“I was raised that if you weren’t talking on the court, then something (bad) is going on,” Durant said after Warriors practice on Friday.
Durant caught a glimpse of the chatter earlier this week between former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook and Houston guard Patrick Beverley in decisive Game 5 of the Thunder-Rockets series and was disappointed when the officials slapped each with a technical foul.
“I was like, ‘Man, just play on. It’s a part of the game,’” Durant said.
Though Durant himself is not a premier trash-talker, he plays alongside one in fellow forward Draymond Green.
“That’s why we started playing, to talk a little s--- here and there,” said Durant, who grew up in the Washington D.C. area. “Draymond is really good at it. There are a lot of guys in the league that are good. More guys are quiet now than before.
“But s--- talking is a part of the game. I love it. It’s fun when you’re on the same team as a guy that does it. And then, when you’re playing against it, it’s even better because it brings the best out of you.”
For Durant, there always will be a place for trash talk on the court. Not only did he experience it while growing up but he also was indoctrinated in the practice from the moment he arrived in the NBA in 2007.
He recalls, with fondness, being targeted as a rookie by Kevin Garnett and a few other Celtics.
“When I came into the league, that’s when the Celtics had just got together,” Durant said. “Paul Pierce and KG and those guys talked bad to me as a rookie. I was 19. And they talked so bad to me. And I was talking right back. It was just a fun exchange. That’s what basketball is about.”
Now if only he could get officials to realize this.