Warriors, Kings Try to Clear Up Some Issues


Warriors, Kings Try to Clear Up Some Issues


The Warriors and Kings play tonight, the second time the teams will play against each other in three days. The Warriors beat the Kings 95-86 on Sunday in Oakland. Tonight's game is in Sacramento, and here a few things to watch:
-- Sacramento coach Paul Westphal is trying to figure out how his backcourt is going to shake out -- and Pooh Jeter and Luther Head are the principles.The Kings' starting backcourt seems set, with Beno Udrih and Tyreke Evans the likely starters. Udrih hasn't played in the preseason because of a shoulder injury. The issue is: Who will play backup point guard?Surely, Evans will slide over to point at certain times when Udrih is off the floor, but Westphal is trying to figure out who will initiate the offense when it's neither Udrih nor Evans.Jeter is more of a true point guard; Head more of a scoring, combo guard. But it was Head who was most impressive Sunday, scoring 13 points and handing out four assists in 26 minutes.
-- Will Warriors training camp invitee Jeff Adrien continue on his path to making the team? Adrien had 11 points and 15 rebounds in 22 minutes Sunday, and defended DeMarcus Cousins pretty well.If Adrien keeps stacking big rebounding games on top of big rebounding games, he's going to be tough to keep off the 15-man roster.-- Warriors forward Brandan Wright has struggled in the preseason, and coach Keith Smart removed him from Sunday's game after a poor two-and-a-half minute stint.Smart has been stressing that he needs Wright to be more aggressive, and one way to measure that is how Wright rebounds. So far in the preseason, Wright has just five rebounds in 32 minutes.The Warriors have held their first two preseason opponents -- L.A. Clippers and Sacramento -- to 87 and 86 points, respectively. It will be worth noting whether or not the Warriors can continue to sustain their defense on the road.What's your take? Email Matt and let him know. He may use it in his Mailbag.

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

OAKLAND -- The hoops historian Draymond Green has a message for those with short memories and cynical outlooks.

The NBA is never better than when The Finals have legendary potential, as is the case with the Warriors and Cavaliers, who next week become the first teams to meet three consecutive seasons to determine a champion.

“It’s a great thing for the league, contrary to popular belief,” Green said Friday after Warriors practice.

Warriors-Cavs Part III is, in fact, a fantastic boon for the league. Interest will peak. Ratings will soar. Storylines will cascade down every mountain, knoll and molehill.

“Right now, you’re witnessing greatness -- two great teams, great players,” Green said. “That’s what it is. It probably won’t be appreciated until it’s over. Say we meet again next year? It still won’t be appreciated -- until we don’t meet again and you realize what you had.”

What fans have is history made, with more in the making.

The Warriors enter The Finals after an unprecedented 12-0 start to the playoffs, becoming the first team to complete three four-game sweeps in a single postseason.

Another sweep, and it’s not inconceivable, would make these Warriors the first team in NBA history with a perfect postseason -- give them the distinction of having the best postseason in American sports history.

The Cavaliers enter The Finals after a 12-1 start and, moreover, with the reheated debate over whether LeBron James has a body of work that equals or surpasses that of Michael Jordan. James is one game removed from surpassing Jordan to become No. 1 on the all-time list for playoff scoring and will make his seventh consecutive appearance in The Finals, something Jordan never did.

Though a Cleveland victory would bolster any argument in James’ favor, a Cleveland loss might be enough to close the case in Jordan’s favor insofar as his Bulls reached six NBA Finals and won them all.

Warriors-Cavaliers has the potential to go beyond what most believe to be the most epic of postseason rivals, that being the Magic Johnson and the Lakers versus Larry Bird and the Celtics. They met only three times (1984, ’85 and ’87) but the NBA went a full 10 seasons with one team or the other in The Finals.

Being a student of the game, Green quite likely knows that -- as well as having a complete understanding of the possibilities ahead.

Even if he suspects others may not.

“But you usually don’t appreciate something until you don’t have it any more,” he said. “Maybe there’s just a lack of appreciation for greatness. When you look at the situation, most people have never reached greatness. So, maybe there’s just not an understanding of what you’re watching.

“I appreciate it. I’m happy we’ve been able to steam-roll people, and I love the fact that they’ve been able to steam-roll people. I just love great things. And I think right now we’ve found two great teams.”

Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage


Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage

Steph Curry has earned the nickname "Chef Curry" but his wife Ayesha is the real cook of the family.

Ayesha has paved her own path as a successful cook and was brought to BottleRock in Napa for a demonstration. As Steph and rapper E-40 joined her on stage, Ayesha took one of out of E-40's book and did her own remix of Drake's "Energy." 

In this version, Ayesha rapped about what she knows best -- recipes. 

All hyped up, Ayesha dropped the mic to the delight of Steph and E-40 himself.