Warriors-Hawks: What to watch for


Warriors-Hawks: What to watch for

Programming note: Catch Warriors Pregame Live at 4 p.m. and stay tuned for all the action tonight when Golden State tips off with the Hawks at 4:30 p.m., only on Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area!
UPDATE at 3:20 p.m.: Warriors coach Mark Jackson just told reporters in Atlanta that Stephen Curry will not play tonight due to a strained tendon in his right foot.

The good news for the Warriors is they have a chance to putTuesdays ugly loss to the Indiana Pacers behind them. Theyll take on theAtlanta Hawks on Wednesday in Game 2 of their five-game road trip.Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he was embarrassed by the102-78 loss to Indiana and that his team got outworked.
The Hawks have hung in there despite Al Horfords pectoralinjury. In the past, Horford has dominated the Warriors on the interior so hisabsence is a bonus for Golden State.Here are some things to watch for during Wednesdaysgame:Shoot better: Sometimes it doesnt getmuch more simple than that. The Warriors went 3-for-22 from 3-point rangeagainst the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday and got walloped.RELATED: Box score: Pacers 102, Warriors 98
The Warriors dont have a lot of interior optionsoffensively and so theyve got to make outside shots when they get them. Whenthey dont, theyre in big trouble.Bottom line is the Warriors have to shoot better from3-point range, and Monta Ellis could actually have something to do with that ifhe starts the game by trying to draw and kick out to outside shooters.Rushs minutes: Dorell Wright didnt do awhole lot of anything against Indiana, and you get the sense Warriors coachMark Jackson is getting less and less enamored with Wrights play.RELATED: Dorell Wright game logs
And it doesnt help Wrights cause that two of Jacksonsfavorite effort-guys -- Brandon Rush and Dominic McGuire are waiting in thewings. If Wright gets off to a slow start against Atlanta, it might be worthnoting how quick of a hook Jackson has.Curry uncertainty: Warriors point guardStephen Curry missed Tuesdays game because of a strained tendon in his rightfoot. It was the 10th game this season Curry has missed because ofinjury.It seems unlikely Curry will play against Atlanta, though hetold reporters he was going to try.Regardless of whether Curry plays or not, its not a stretchto think that the uncertainty surrounding Currys foot and ankle isnt helpingthe Warriors cause any.Defend Smith: Josh Smith is the kind ofathletic and skilled big man the Warriors sometimes have trouble defending.Hes considered a power forward but would be a handful for a player such asDavid Lee to defend.RELATED: Josh Smith game logs
If Lee is struggling to defend Smith, expect Jackson to giveDominic McGuire a crack at him.

Report: Derrick Rose 'has committed to sign' with Cavs


Report: Derrick Rose 'has committed to sign' with Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be adding a former MVP to the roster.

Free agent point guard Derrick Rose has "committed to sign" with the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers, according to The Vertical.

The pact is expected to be a one-year, $2.1 million deal, according to ESPN.

In one season with the Knicks, Rose appeared in 64 games. He averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 32.5 minutes.

News of Rose joining the Cavs comes as trade winds swirl around starting point guard Kyrie Irving.

Drafted No. 1 overall in 2008, Rose spent the first eight years of his career with the Bulls and won the 2010-11 NBA MVP.

Adam Silver feels bad for Cleveland: 'Where there's smoke, there's fire'


Adam Silver feels bad for Cleveland: 'Where there's smoke, there's fire'

When Adam Silver speaks, you listen (or in this case, you read what he said).

The NBA Commissioner joined The Rich Eisen Show on Monday morning and was asked the following question:

"Are you ecstatic of all this news, all the drama that's being played out in all these rosters in free agency?"

Silver's answer was kind of surprising.

[RELATED: Report: LeBron won't waive no-trade clause for any team]

"I love the interest. I'm not ecstatic about the drama," Silver began. "I feel bad for whatever is going on in Cleveland, and I have no first-hand information.

"But I assume where there's smoke, there's fire. Brian Windhorst has sort of been cataloguing LeBron's career for a long time, and he usually has very accurate insights from that team."

Last Friday, Windhorst broke the news that Kyrie Irving requested a trade.

LeBron James was reportedly "blindsided and disappointed."

"It's upsetting to hear that, when you see superstar players who have co-existed -- who had so much success together, obviously three Finals in a row, one championship -- to hear that for whatever reason, there's a sense that they can't continue to co-exist," Silver added. "Yeah, that's drama, but it's not necessarily the kind of drama that the league wants."

The Cavs selected LeBron with the No.1 overall pick in 2003.

The Cavs selected Kyrie with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011.

LeBron can become a free agent next summer, while Kyrie can hit the open market in July 2019.

Will the Cavs give in to Kyrie's request? Stay tuned...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller