Warriors at Kings: What to watch for

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Warriors at Kings: What to watch for

The Warriors are in Sacramento on Monday night to play theKings, and theyre trying to win their third consecutive game on the road tostart the season.The last time the Warriors started a season 3-0 on the roadwas back in 1994-95. Unfortunately, Golden State finished that season 26-56, sothere are no assurances as far as that goes.Still, on the heels of Saturdays victory over the Clippersin L.A., the Warriors are feeling good about their start. Theyll be facing an0-3 Kings team playing their first home game of the season.Here are some things to watch for:Boguts return: Warriors center AndrewBogut sat out Saturdays game against the Clippers, but he is expected to be inthe starting lineup tonight. Hell likely play approximately 20 minutes andwill match up against DeMarcus Cousins.Bogut acknowledged some frustration with long stretches ofinactivity as was the case on Friday against the Grizzlies between hisfirst stint in the game and his second, but thats something hes going to haveto deal with for November and perhaps beyond.The plan is to rest Bogut on the second game of back-to-backnights and to limit his minutes in the games he does play. Its worth taking alook at how Boguts teammates handle Bogut being in the lineup on some nightsand out of it on another.Curry at shooting guard: Warriors coachMark Jackson has used Stephen Curry a great deal at shooting guard through thefirst three games, and Curry has responded with a couple of nice scoringnights.While there is a large segment of Warriors fans that want tosee Curry play point guard now and into the future, it seems clear that theteam is better and perhaps Curry also when Jarrett Jack plays point andCurry plays off guard.Handling emotion: The Kings might be 0-3,but they havent played a home game yet. A sellout crowd is expected at SleepTrain Pavilion for this home opener, so the Warriors are going to have tocounter the fans enthusiasm with solid and fundamental play.In the Warriors victory over the Clippers on Saturday,Golden State gave up a big lead but never relinquished it entirely. TheClippers rallied from 14 back to tie the game on more than one occasion, butthe Warriors came up with buckets every time they needed to maintain thelead.There will likely be a time or two tonight when the crowdgets into it and the Warriors will have to keep their poise.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.