Steinmetz: Smart Names Warriors' Starting Five

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Steinmetz: Smart Names Warriors' Starting Five

Sept. 29, 2010STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com

Just two days into training camp, Warriors coach Keith Smart says he knows who will make up his teams starting five: Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright, David Lee and Andris Biedrins.Smart confirmed those names after Wednesday's morning session.
There are no surprises there. Wright figured to win the small forward spot over Reggie Williams and Vladimir Radmanovic on his defense alone, and that appears to have happened.Lee will officially make the move to power forward, which will be a change for him. Lee played almost exclusively at center for the Knicks last year.Smart said one of the main priorities during training camp will for that unit to begin to develop a style of play and some chemistry.---Backup center Louis Amundson did not practice Tuesday night during the Warriors' contact session because of lower back stiffness. He worked out on the side during Wednesday's morning session.Biedrins missed Wednesday's morning session because of personal reasons.Brandan Wright rode the stationary bike during the morning session. He was bothered by a strained right calf.--The Warriors will hold an open practice on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Oracle Arena. The practice will begin at 5:30 p.m., and go until approximately 7:30 p.m.Parking and admission are free, and the doors open at 5 p.m.--The Warriors announced that they've picked up their third-year option on Curry, for the 2011-12 season, which is more a formality than anything else.Curry, who averaged 17.5 points and 5.9 assists per game as a rookie, will earn 2.9 million this season and 3.1 million in 2011-12.

With Zaza out for Game 4, Brown has two options for fifth starter

With Zaza out for Game 4, Brown has two options for fifth starter

SAN ANTONIO -- Warriors center Zaza Pachulia was officially declared out prior to Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs on Monday night.

Pachulia sustained a right heel contusion is the first half of Game 2 last Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. He has since done very little in practice and was listed as doubtful on the morning injury report.

Though acting head coach Mike Brown did not name backup center JaVale McGee to replace Pachulia in the starting lineup, that is the expectation. McGee started Game 3 on Saturday night and played well.

Brown gave himself some wiggle room, saying the Warriors could opt for rookie wing Pat McCaw if the Spurs start with a small lineup.

“For us, it's not that big of a deal,” Brown said in his pregame news conference. “We're either going to start JaVale or Patrick McCaw. We haven't made a decision yet, and I don't know when we're going to make a decision, but we'll go between those two guys.”

 

Spurs rule Leonard out for Game 4 against Warriors

Spurs rule Leonard out for Game 4 against Warriors

SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich took a seat at the podium for his pregame news conference and confirmed what had been anticipated for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.

All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard will be on the sideline for the third consecutive game.

Leonard twice aggravated his sprained left ankle in the third quarter of Game 1 at Oracle Arena and has not practiced since. Though he was listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report Monday morning -- the Spurs did not have a shootaround -- it was a foregone conclusion he would not play.

Popovich made the announcement by answering a question about Leonard’s status with two words: “Same, same” before confirming he would be out.

The Warriors have outscored the Spurs 302-253 since Leonard left with 7:53 left in the third quarter of Game 1.