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Warriors-Pacers: What to watch for

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Warriors-Pacers: What to watch for

With All-Star Weekend complete, the Warriors begin thesecond half of their season on Tuesday with a game against the Pacers inIndianapolis. This is Game 1 of a five-game road trip for the Warriors (13-17),who are three games behind eighth-seeded Portland in the Western Conferenceplayoff race.The Pacers have won four consecutive games and are currentlythe No. 3 team in the Eastern Conference with a record of 21-12. The Pacersdefeated the Warriors earlier this season 94-91 at Oracle Arena, a game inwhich Monta Ellis turned the ball over in the final seconds, leading to agame-winning three-point play by George Hill.Indiana has beaten the Warriors nine of the past 10 games inIndianapolis.Here are some things to watch for during Tuesdays game:

Curry out: Warriors point guardStephen Curry strained a tendon in his right foot against the Phoenix Suns onWednesday and, after initially being ruled a game-time decision, will not play. Rookie Charles Jenkins will make his first career NBA start in place of Curry.
Curry did not practice on Monday night and didntgo through shootaround with the team on Tuesday morning.

Curry already has missednine games this season, and during those times, Jenkins hasgotten the start.Its not like everything is a lost cause when Curry doesntplay: The Warriors actually have a better winning percentage in games Currymisses (4-5) than in games he plays in (9-12).Limit turnovers: In the past two gamesagainst the L.A. Clippers and Phoenix Suns both wins the Warriors turnedthe ball over just nine times and 10 times, respectively.The last time the Warriors played the Pacers, Golden Statecommitted 18 turnovers, which led to 22 points. Of course, there was noturnover more critical than Ellis in the waning seconds with the gametied.Guard Granger: Pacers small forward DannyGranger has been a Warriors-killer over the years. He had 26 points in theteams first meeting this season, but thats only a small picture of what hesdone to Golden State.In seven games against the Warriors since the start of the2008-09 season, Granger is averaging 31.6 points, his highest average againstany opponent. Dorell Wright will likely get the first crack at Granger, butexpect Jackson to use Dominic McGuire on him attimes.Ellis continues stretch: Warriorsshooting guard Monta Ellis is averaging 30.3 points and shooting 47.6 percentover the past three games, and the Warriors will need more where that came from particularly if Curry isnt able to play.

How Warriors fans can watch game this season with Larry O'Brien Trophy

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How Warriors fans can watch game this season with Larry O'Brien Trophy

Once the NBA season starts, every player is out for the same thing -- a chance to raise the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of the year.

During the 2017-18 season, Warriors fans can watch a game at Oracle Arena with the prize possession right by their side. All you need is $2,000. 

If you can write the check, the trophy will pay you a visit in a premium suite, plus two bottle of champagne and a gift bag that includes a six-inch replica trophy and a replica championship ring. 

Fans are limited to four experiences with the trophy per game. 

Darren Rovell of ESPN was first to share the details. 

Damian Lillard: 'I'm not joining nobody' like Kevin Durant did, unless...

Damian Lillard: 'I'm not joining nobody' like Kevin Durant did, unless...

Kevin Durant. LeBron James. Chris Paul. Paul George. LaMarcus Aldridge. Kyrie Irving. Gordon Hayward.

Those just some of the superstars to change teams in the last few years in pursuit of a championship.

But don't expect Damian Lillard to add his name to that list.

While speaking on the latest episode of Complex's Everyday Struggle, the Blazers point guard was asked about the possibility of joining up with other stars to try to win a title.

"I mean, like I said about [former Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge], I wouldn't have done it. For me, I'm not joining nobody," Lillard said.

When it was brought up that he'd join LeBron if given the chance, Lillard responded by saying this: "I'm not joining nobody. I would not win a championship before I go and team up and do all that. Unless it was something I couldn't control."

A hypothetical scenario was posed to Lillard: Let's say you're 34 years old (Lillard is currently 27 years old) and you had the chance to join two of your superstar friends on another team. You still wouldn't do it?

"I’m saying this because this is how I feel, not how I feel at the moment. That’s just how I feel about it. I think if that’s what somebody wants to do, I’m not mad at them for doing it. I’m just telling you what I’m not going to do. That ain’t how we get down," Lillard responded.

To wrap up the topic, Lillard was asked if he holds it against any player that does decide to team up with other superstars.

"Nah, if it make them feel good, if they comfortable doing it, then do you," Lillard said.