Warriors-Nets: What to watch for

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Warriors-Nets: What to watch for

PROGRAMMING ALERT: Warriors Pregame Live begins at 3:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with the tipoff at 4:00 p.m., followed by Warriors Postgame Live.

The Warriors will either come home after a so-so road trip or a good one. Theyre 2-1 with one game remaining on it on Wednesday against the New Jersey Nets.The Nets are without center Brook Lopez and havent won a home game this season. Lopez isnt expected back until February at the earliest after having right foot surgery. The Warriors have won two in a row and are staring at six straight home games after New Jersey.Here are a few things to watch for:Defend Deron: If the Warriors need to stop one player, it would be point guard Deron Williams. No, hes not having a good season, shooting just 36 percent from the floor, but thats because hes being asked to do too much without Lopez.Still, Williams is capable of putting a team on his back on any given night, and hes a point guard the Warriors have always had matching up against in the past. Rookie Charles Jenkins will get the first crack at him on the defensive end.Bench contributing: The Warriors bench has shown up and then some on this trip. In the teams 105-95 win over Cleveland on Tuesday, the Warriors substitutes came through in a big way. Nate Robinson had 17 points and Klay Thompson and Brandon Rush had 14 apiece and the bench as a group scored 50 points.Theres never a better time to get something out of the bench than on the last game of a road trip.Keep going to Lee: Warriors power forward David Lee has been the teams best player on this trip. Hes scoring in bunches and more important hes scoring at important times.Against Cleveland, Lee had 13 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, which brought the victory home for the Warriors.Defend the 3-pointer: The Nets have several 3-point shooters all at various positions and the Warriors will need to be aware of them. Williams, ex-Warrior Anthony Morrow, Mehmet Okur, rookie Marshon Brooks and Jordan Farmar are all capable from beyond the arc.

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.

Is JaVale McGee coming back to Warriors? 'I hope so'

Is JaVale McGee coming back to Warriors? 'I hope so'

JaVale McGee spent the first eight years of his NBA career bouncing between four different teams.

Then the Warriors came along and took a flier on him prior to the 2016-17 season, signing him to a one-year contract.

He played a career-low in minutes per game, but he made the most of his time on the court, as he recorded the highest field goal percentage of his career.

And he became a cult hero with Warriors fans due to his numerous high-flying alley-oop dunks, garnering some of the loudest cheers among fans.

Now the free agent center hopes that he's found a home in Oakland.

Prior to his JugLife Celebrity Softball Game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, McGee was asked if he think he's coming back to the Warriors for the 2017-18 season.

"I hope so, I hope I'm coming back," McGee said, according to KTVU.

Free agency begins July 1.