Warriors-Raptors: What to watch for


Warriors-Raptors: What to watch for

The Warriors conclude their five-game road trip with whatappears to be their two most winnable games: Toronto and Washington.Thats the good news. The bad news is those games are aSunday-Monday back-to-back and that they come on the tail end of a trip afterthe Warriors have been on the road for a week.Still, the Warriors are 1-2 on the trip a win over Atlanta and they can more than salvage things with a pair of victories.Heres what to watch for during Sundays game against theRaptors: Currys status: Since straining his rightfoot in Phoenix on Feb. 22, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has missed threegames. The Warriors said they are hopeful that Curry could play before the roadtrip is over, but if he doesnt play today, its more likely the team wouldshoot for Curry playing Wednesday against Memphis rather than Monday againstWashington.Technically, Curry did play in Wednesdays game vs. Atlanta.Warriors coach Mark Jackson brought him in as a decoy for three seconds on aWarriors possession in the final minute.McGuires role: Jackson has replacedCurry in the starting lineup the past two games with defensive specialistDominic McGuire. Jackson likes the defensive intensity McGuire gives the teamat the outset of games, but that comes at an offensive price.In the past two games McGuire has played 65 minutes butdidnt score any points. When Jackson starts McGuire, it means there are atleast two non-offensive players on the court along with Biedrins.Now throw in Dorell Wright, who has been struggling, at itsno wonder that the Warriors first unit is relying too heavily on David Lee andMonta Ellis to do all the scoring.Robinsons role: With the Warriorsstruggling to score, it would seem like the perfect opportunity for NateRobinson to give the team a boost. Only he has struggled recently and,quite frankly, for much of the season.Robinson is shooting just 32.6 percent (16-for-49) in thepast seven games, and for the season shooting 39.9 percent.In the Warriors last game against Philly, the teamdesperately was seeking a third scorer and didnt find one. If Curry cant goagainst the Raptors, the Warriors need Robinson to step up.

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

OAKLAND -- About an hour after general manager Bob Myers said the defending champion Warriors would soon gather to determine their response to any potential invitation from the White House, Stephen Curry reiterated his personal views.

“I don’t want to go,” Curry said during Media Day on Friday.

Curry has previously stated this position, one he shares with several teammates. Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala also have expressed no interest in visiting President Donald Trump. David West has made clear his distaste for Trump’s boorish conduct.

But Curry has thought not only about the subject but also how he reached his conclusion.

“That we don't stand for basically what our president has -- the things that he said and the things that he hasn't said in the right terms -- that we won't stand for it,” he said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.

“It's not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion. You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things, from (Colin) Kaepernick to what happened to (Michael) Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that we need to kind of change. And we all are trying to do what we can, using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that.”

Officially, the Warriors have made no firm decision. They will discuss the matter in the coming day in hopes of reaching a consensus.

Though Curry understands the final decision will be made every consulting with every voice in the locker room -- including coach Steve Kerr, who also has been critical of Trump -- he’s unwavering about his personal stance.

“It's not just me going to the White House. If it were, this would be a pretty short conversation,” he said.

“Like I said, it's the organization; it's the team. And it's hard to say because I don't know exactly what we're going to do in lieu of or if we do go or if we don't go or whatever.

“But my beliefs stay the same. I'll have a better answer for that once I can kind of understand where the group is, too.”

While Iguodala passed on delivering his stance, citing that he had been prepped on the subject by the team’s media relations staff, Durant -- like Curry -- said he has to take the opinions of his teammates into consideration.

“It's going to be tough to change my mind,” Durant said, “but we're going to talk about it as a team and figure out the next steps from there.”

West did not divulge his decision, opting to firmly state he “will let everybody know my opinion” once the team meets on the subject.


Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words


Kevin Durant didn't mean to lampoon the Thunder, later deleting the tweets, but he said what he said

Asked about Durant on Friday and Thunder GM Sam Prestie took the high road. 

"I think the only thing I can say to that is just to be consistent with everything that I have said and everyone else from the organization," Presti said. "I, and no one from the Thunder, really has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant, and I think we've been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don't think there's anything more to say than that."

Durant called the actions "childish" and "idiotic" and said that his actions have impacted his sleep cycles and eating habits.

The Warriors first face the Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Oklahoma City.