Warriors draft look: Power forwards

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Warriors draft look: Power forwards

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The Warriors headinto Thursdays NBA draft with four selections: The No. 7 pick, the No. 30pick, the No. 35 pick and the No. 52 pick. While the Warriors would seem tohave four positions pretty much set point guard, shooting guard, powerforward and center the reality is that they could go in any direction comedraft day.

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Leading up toThursday, well rank the top players at each position, and see whether or notthey could fit into the Warriors draft plans.POWERFORWARDS
Anthony Davis,Kentucky, 6-10, 220 pounds: There is no doubt Davis will be the No. 1selection by the New Orleans Hornets. What there is doubt about is how goodDavis will be. Most NBA executives think Davis will be an elite defender atthe very least.And if he comesaround at the offensive end, watch out.Warriorsangle: The only angle with Davis as it pertains to the Warriors isthis: If he turns into the player many expect him to become, well, then, theNew Orleans Hornets just leap-frogged the Warriors in the standings.ThomasRobinson, Kansas, 6-9, 240 pounds: He is a prototype power forwardand he plays with tons of energy. The knock on Robinson is he might be a touchundersized for power forward, but he makes up for that with a 7-foot-3 wingspanand a perpetual motor.Robinson is going tobe good, just a matter of how good.Warriorsangle: In a perfect world (well a world less perfect than if theWarriors could acquire Davis), the Warriors would find a way to move up and getRobinson.Early in his career,Robinson would be the perfect complement to David Lee and Andrew Bogut ahighly energetic, highly athletic player to come off the bench. Then, down theroad if Robinson turns into something, youll have Lee and his expiringcontract to work with.But the reality ismoving up to No. 2, which is where youd have to move to ensure gettingRobinson, is quite a jump and will come at a cost.<b>RELATED: Steinmetz's NBA Draft scouting report for Robinson<b>
TerrenceJones, Kentucky, 6-9, 250 pounds: Jones stock has seemed to slip inrecent weeks and the reason is because there are concerns about whether he hasan NBA niche. Hes not a true power forward and doesnt have the skill set toplay much small forward.Warriorsangle: It wasnt long ago that the Warriors were looking at Jones atNo. 7, but as the draft approaches that may be too high of a spot to takehim.The concern is thatJones could be a classic tweener, and thats something the Warriors arentreally interested in. If the Warriors pull the string on Jones at No. 7, itwould have to be considered a surprise at this point.John Henson,North Carolina, 6-11, 220 pounds: When it comes to Henson, there isgood: length, athleticism and the ability to block shots. But theres also thebad: questions about inner fire and his lack of strength.Warriorsangle: Henson is not in play for the Warriors unless they end upmoving back say into the mid-teen area. There are just too many unknowns totake him at No. 7.JaredSullinger, Ohio State, 6-9, 280 pounds: Before he was red-flagged fora back issue, Sullinger was considered one of the most coveted big players inthe draft.What he lacks inathleticism, he makes up for in court savvy and the ability to pass the ball.Hes a solid rebounder and would seem to have an ability to play bothfrontcourt spots under certain circumstances.Warriorsangle: Sullinger was someone the Warriors were very much consideringbefore his back became an issue. Its obvious now the Warriors will not takehim at No. 7. However, if his fall is drastic and Sullinger is still there atNo. 30, the Warriors would likely take a stab at him. But he doesnt figure tofall that much.

Four takeaways from Warriors' first-round sweep of Blazers

Four takeaways from Warriors' first-round sweep of Blazers

PORTLAND -- Four games, four quarters to each and the Warriors are on to the next round of the postseason.

Here are four things we learned about these Warriors in the wake of their four-game sweep of the Trail Blazers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

IT’S A TEAM THING: The Warriors lost All-Star forward Kevin Durant in Game 1, came back and won Game 2. They lost head coach Steve Kerr before Game 3, went out and fashioned one of the biggest comebacks in franchise postseason history. They are constructed in such a way that the collective is strong enough to overcome the loss of one man. They won this series in a walk despite being shorthanded for the last three games and without their head coach for the last two. This team and this staff are bigger than any individual.

JAVALE McGEE MATTERS: By last Sept. 16 the summer was all but gone and every coveted player NBA player had been accounted for. That’s when the Warriors signed McGee with the hope that he could provide some length and athleticism on the block, if only for a few minutes a night -- and, surely, some nights not at all. McGee was the last man to make the team, and here he was dominating a Trail Blazers team that, to be fair, lacked a healthy center. He was special in this series, and what he provides will be needed as the Warriors move forward.

DRAYMOND’S VALUE IS BEYOND MEASURE: There were so many examples during the regular season that illustrated Draymond Green’s significance to the Warriors. He topped them all in this series. He defended, at some point, every member of the Portland team. He rebounded. He made 3-pointers. He blocked 17 shots. The Blazers tried him early but quickly become discouraged at attacking whenever he was on the court. He disrupted their offense in more ways than they could have imagined. As a bonus, he avoided notable run-ins with officials.

SPLASHING NOT NEEDED: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were fabulous in the second half of Game 3 and Curry stood out in Game 4. But by the time the Splash Brothers found their offensive groove, the Warriors were up 2-0 in the series and rallying behind their defense en route to taking Game 3. The battle of the backcourts, logically deemed a critical factor in this series, was a virtual statistical standoff. Curry/Thompson combined for 192 points, while Damian Lillard 111 and CJ McCollum totaled 201. If it’s the numbers are that close, the Warriors will win every series, and probably sweep.

 

Instant Replay: Warriors torch Blazers, complete first-round sweep

Instant Replay: Warriors torch Blazers, complete first-round sweep

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PORTLAND -- Never allowing the Trail Blazers to find an offensive rhythm, the Warriors rolled to a 128-103 Game 4 triumph Monday night, completing a sweep of the first-round Western Conference playoff series.

The Warriors advance to the conference semifinals and will face the winner of the Jazz-Clippers series currently tied at two games apiece.

All five Warriors starters scored in double figures, with Stephen Curry scoring 37 points to lead the way. Draymond Green totaled 21, Klay Thompson 18 and Zaza Pachulia 11. David West scored 12 points off the bench.

Kevin Durant -- making his first appearance since Game 1 -- started and added 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 20 minutes of action.

The Warriors rode white-hot shooting from deep, making 17-of-29 (58.6 percent).

The Warriors silenced the Moda Center crowd early, outshooting Portland 62.5 percent to 29.6 percent in the first quarter before going on to finish with a 53.5-percent to 38.8-percent advantage for the game.

Damian Lillard scored 34 points to lead the Trail Blazers, who were ousted from the playoffs by the Warriors for the second consecutive year.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
Curry, who struggled with his shot for the majority of the series, continued the hot streak he began in the fourth quarter of Game 1.

Curry’s line: 37 points (12-of-20 shooting from the field, including 7-of-11 from beyond the arc, 6-of-7 from the line), eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-29 for the game.

Curry moved into a tie with Robert Horry for ninth place on the all-time list of 3-pointers in the postseason with 261.

TURNING POINT:
The Warriors took control immediately, going up 14-0 with 8:40 left in the first quarter and pushing it to 35-9 with 4:11 left in the quarter. They led by as much as 28 in the first half.

Portland got no closer than 18 in the second quarter, and no closer than 23 after intermission.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L calf strain) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. F Matt Barnes (R foot/ankle bone bruise) and G Shaun Livingston (R index finger sprain, hand contusion) were listed as questionable and downgraded to out prior to tipoff. F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) was listed as out.

Blazers: G Allen Crabbe (L foot soreness) and G CJ McCollum (R ankle sprain) are listed as probable. C Jusuf Nurkic (L leg fracture) C Ed Davis (L shoulder surgery), C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) and C Jusuf Nurkic (R leg fracture) are listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Warriors now await the winner of the Clippers-Jazz first-round series. Game 1 date TBD, either April 30 or May 2.