Warriors-Nuggets: What to watch for


Warriors-Nuggets: What to watch for

Programming note: Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. today with Warriors Pregame Live on Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area with host Greg Papa, Garry St. Jean and NBA Insider Matt Steinmetz.

After consecutive losses, the Warriors (8-14) are in need ofa pick-me-up and nothing would serve that purpose better than a road winagainst a good team.That would be the Denver Nuggets, who have struggled latelybut are still 15-11. The Nuggets boast a great deal of depth and right now theyneed it. Theyre banged-up and are missing Danilo Gallinari. Also, startingcenter Timofey Mozgov and key bench player Corey Brewer missed Wednesdays gameagainst Dallas because of a sprained left ankle and personal reasons,respectively.Here are some things to watch for:
End-game situations: Its no secret theWarriors have struggled in the last two minutes of games this year, with MontaEllis failing more often than not when it comes to making game-winning playsand shots.RELATED: Steinmetz -- Crunch time stats for Warriors players
In the Warriors loss to the Thunder on Tuesday, Ellis had apotential 3-point shot to win it with five seconds remaining, but the shotmissed. Afterward Warriors coach Mark Jackson said hed take that that shotall day, meaning he had no problem with Ellis shot selection.Maybe not, but the Warriors are likely going to findthemselves in that situation again and again and again and they need to getbetter when theyre in it.Center trouble: The Warriors seem to be gettingless and less out of center Andris Biedrins. He is averaging 2.6 points and 4.7rebounds per game, and against the Thunder on Tuesday he played 14 minutes,scored zero points, grabbed zero rebounds and committed five personalfouls.Jackson continues to maintain hes not thinking of makingchanges to the starting lineup and, in fairness to Jackson he doesnt havemany options at center but push is coming to shove when it comes to thenon-production at five.Ellis vs. Afflalo: Monta Ellis is comingoff a 48-point game and is one of the most difficult matchups at the shootingguard position. Arron Afflalo is one of the best defenders at the two spot inthe league.The goal for Afflalo isnt to shut down Ellis, its doubtfulthat can be done. But Afflalo clearly would like to turn Ellis into a volumeshooter.Nene-Koufos tandem: The Warriors did morethan hold their own on the glass against the Thunder, but that certainly hasntbeen the norm this season. Too often the Warriors have been dominated on theinterior and theyll have to guard against that against Denver.Kosta Koufos is a big-bodied 7-footer and Nene is anotherbig presence at the four position. If the Warriors dont get anything out ofBiedrins, and Jackson is forced to go in another direction likely with EkpeUdoh theyre going to have to gang-rebound to hang in on the glass.

Mike Brown responds to Tyronn Lue's opinion: 'It's cute'

Mike Brown responds to Tyronn Lue's opinion: 'It's cute'

Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue made headlines on Wednesday.

"The stuff (the Celtics are) running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's (offense) for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing," Lue told reporters.

On Thursday, Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown responded.

"That's his opinion. It's cute," Brown told the media.

If the Cavs beat the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday night, it will be Golden State vs Cleveland in the NBA Finals for the third straight year.

More to come...

New Hawks GM Travis Schlenk issues goodbye message to Warriors fans

New Hawks GM Travis Schlenk issues goodbye message to Warriors fans

On Thursday, the Hawks officially hired Travis Schlenk to be their new general manager.

Schlenk, who joined the Warriors prior to the 2004-05 season, delivered a message to Dub Nation on Thursday morning.

"The thing that I'm gonna remember most about my time in Golden State is the fan base," Schlenk declared on 95.7 The Game. "When I first got there in 2004 -- sitting behind the bench and the team was winning 32, 36 games every year -- and you'd look out and there would still be 18,000 people in the stands every game and they were into it.

"We always said, 'Man, if you could get a winner here this place would go crazy.' We got a small taste of that with the 'We Believe' Warriors 10 years ago. And now, to be where we are now, culminating with the championship parade ... people have asked me about that -- that was the most humbling thing I've ever been a part of. To be in that parade -- probably a million people out there cheering and screaming -- and people calling you out by name, and thanking you.

"They're genuine with their happiness ... the loyalness and the support that the people of the Bay Area gives the Warriors -- that's really special and I hope you guys never take that for granted there."

Schlenk is finishing up his fifth season as assistant GM with Golden State.

He revealed that he had to put in his resignation immediately because the NBA does not allow executives to work for two different franchises simultaneously.

Schlenk chose to start his duties with Atlanta immediately because as he put it -- "there's too much work I need to do here ... I gotta be here and get started."