Warriors-Lakers: What to watch for


Warriors-Lakers: What to watch for

The Warriors have lost four games in a row, including two athome most recently to the New Orleans Hornets and New Jersey Nets. They begin afour-game road trip Sunday in Los Angeles against the Lakers.The Lakers, who are coming off a come-from-behind victoryover the Hornets on Saturday, have beaten the Warriors seven consecutive timesat Staples Center.Here are some things to watch for during Sundays gamebetween the Warriors and Lakers:Make Kobe a volume shooter: Kobe Bryantis the leading scorer in the league, averaging 27.9 points per game, but hesmired in an awful three-game shooting slump.Bryant is just 19-for-70 from the field (27.1 percent) overthat stretch, including going 3-for-21 against the Hornets on Saturday. In thatgame, he headed into the fourth quarter having missed his first 15shots.Bryant ended up making the game-winner against New Orleans,but if the Warriors can continue to make Bryant an inefficient scorer, itincreases their chance of winning the game.Limit second-chance points: The frontlinetandem of Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol has given the Warriors trouble for yearsup front. Warriors power forward David Lee will likely have to defend Gasol anddefending Bynum will likely be the responsibility of rookie Jeremy Tyler atleast to start.If the Warriors hope to stay in this game, theyll needDavid Lee to continue contributing as he has the past few weeks, but theyllalso need production out of Tyler and also backup center MickellGladness.Nobody is expecting the Warriors frontline to win thefrontcourt matchup, but theyve got to hold their own.No surprise stars: The Lakers defeated the Warriors 104-101 on Tuesday in Oakland, but it was a game Golden State had ashot at. One player who really hurt the Warriors that night was substitute MattBarnes, who finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in just 30minutes.Its difficult enough to beat the Lakers when theirhigh-profile stars are playing well. Its a lot tougher when the Lakers aregetting big play out of their role players.And thats what happened last Tuesday in the Lakers-Warriorsgame with Barnes and to a lesser degree Metta World Peace.Thompsons game: Rookie shooting guardKlay Thompson has scored in double figures 16 consecutive games for theWarriors, which has taken some of the sting out of the Monta Ellis trade.Nows the time for Thompson to become a little bit moreefficient though. He needs a little more consistency in terms of his shootingpercentage and it would also be nice if he could better his assist-to-turnoverratio as the season comes to a close.

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Kevin Durant's status for Monday's game in Philadelphia remains up in the air.

The Warriors forward, who missed his first game of the season on Saturday, is listed as questionable for the team's game against the 76ers.

Prior to the game against the Nets, head coach Steve Kerr told the media that Durant's left hand was "still a little swollen" and called the injury a "day-to-day" thing.

Without Durant, the Warriors still managed to cruise to a 112-95 win over Brooklyn.

Durant injured his left pinky in the opening minutes against the Clippers on Thursday. He remained in the game, but late in the first quarter, he retreated to the locker room with a member of the training staff.

He returned to the game after X-rays came back negative. He played 34 minutes and finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.


Report: Bogut expected to join Cavs after 76ers buyout

Report: Bogut expected to join Cavs after 76ers buyout

It appears Andrew Bogut is set to see what the view is like from the other side of the NBA's top rivalry.

Traded by Dallas to Philadelphia on Thursday, the former Warriors center will receive a contract buyout from the 76ers and then join the Cleveland Cavaliers for the stretch run, according to ESPN.

On Saturday, the Cavs, Spurs and Rockets were all reported to have interest in Bogut if he was made available following a buyout.

Injuries have derailed Bogut's season. He appeared in just 26 games with the Mavericks this season and averaged 3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1 block per contest.

Bogut was part of the two Warriors teams that faced the Cavs in the last two NBA Finals matchups.

Bogut's tenure with the Warriors came to an end on July 7, 2016 when he was traded to Dallas in order for Golden State to clear salary cap space to sign Kevin Durant.