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Warriors-Suns: What to watch for

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Warriors-Suns: What to watch for

Programming note: Warriors-Suns coverage from Phoenix begins at 5:30 p.m. with Warriors Pregame Live and the tip-off following at 6 p.m., only on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area!
The Warriors play the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday in theirfinal game before All-Star weekend. The game against the Suns is the first ofsix consecutive road games for Golden State.
The Warriors have not been very successful at AmericanAirways Center, having dropped 13 in a row there. The last time the Warriorswon in Phoenix was back on March 18, 2005.The Warriors and Suns have split two games this season. TheSuns defeated the Warriors 102-91 on Jan. 2, and the Warriors defeated Phoenix102-96 just nine days ago at Oracle Arena.Here are some things to watch for during Wednesdays gamebetween the Warriors and Suns:Always about Nash: It usually starts andends with point guard Steve Nash, Phoenixs two-time MVP. Nash is on a big-timeroll right now, having dished out 58 assists in the past four games, and sohes as important a piece to the Suns offense as hes ever been.RELATED: Steve Nash game logs
One school of thought is to try to make Nash a scorer,therefore limiting his ability to get teammates involved. But over the years,Nash always has done a great job of taking what the defense gives him, and ifthe Warriors allow him open shots, hell willingly take them.Defend the 3: The Suns are at their mostdangerous when they spread the floor and allow Nash to penetrate and findshooters. The last time the Warriors and Suns played, Golden State did a nicejob of contesting 3-point shots.Phoenix went just 5-for-25 from 3-point range on Feb. 13 atOracle Arena, with Channing Frye shooting 1-for-8 from beyond the arc. Frye isan important player for the Suns because when he is knocking down 3-pointers,it allows center Marcin Gortat more room to operate in the middle.Encore for Udoh?: Ekpe Udoh is coming offhis first start of the year, and he had a big game for the Warriors. Withstarting center Andris Biedrins out with flu-like symptoms, Udoh scored 19points and grabbed eight rebounds in 38 minutes against the Clippers.REWIND: Warriors take down Paul, Clippers behind Monta's 32
Warriors coach Mark Jackson hinted strongly that Udoh could remainin the starting lineup even after Biedrins returns. But that turns out not to be the case, as Jackson announced Wednesday morning Biedrins would once again start. When Udoh enters on Wednesday, hell have to match up with thebigger, stronger Marcin Gortat, who had a big game the last time these teamsplayed. Gortat had 15 points and 12 rebounds in Phoenixs loss to the Warriorson Feb. 13.Bench output: Despite Udoh still coming off the bench, it seems obvious that he'll log more minutes with the starters moving forward. Itwill be interesting to see how that affects the second unit. While Udoh wasnta big scorer for the second team, he was an integral piece, providing defensein the middle.The Warriors bench combined for 38 points in the teams winover Phoenix nine days ago.

Cavs owner trolls Pacers over Paul George trade

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Cavs owner trolls Pacers over Paul George trade

On Wednesday afternoon, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert introduced Koby Altman as the franchise's new GM.

During the press conference, a reporter asked about Paul George.

After Altman declined to talk about specifics of a reported deal that nearly landed George in Cleveland, Gilbert chimed in.

[SHILLER: Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wants to talk to Adam Silver: 'Little bit unusual...']

"I will say that Indiana could have done better than they did."

Shots fired at Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard!

Over the weekend, ESPN reported the following:

On the afternoon of June 30, the sides thought they had a deal. On a conference call between the teams, everyone tentatively agreed. George to the Cavs, Love to the Nuggets, Harris and other pieces to the Pacers, sources said.

Plans were put in place for a call to be arranged between George and Gilbert, an important step before the trade would become final, sources said. The front office began making other plans to complement George as free agency was about to begin.

But then Pritchard, who had been on the conference call when the deal was tentatively agreed to, sent the message that his team was backing out, sources said. There was no deal.

In the end, the Pacers shocked the basketball world by trading George to Oklahoma City for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

Clearly, Mr. Gilbert is still upset with Mr. Pritchard...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wants to talk to Adam Silver: 'Little bit unusual...'

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Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wants to talk to Adam Silver: 'Little bit unusual...'

On Monday morning, Adam Silver voiced his feelings about the situation in Cleveland as it relates to the drama surrounding Kyrie Irving and LeBron James.

"I feel bad for whatever is going on in Cleveland, and I have no first-hand information. But I assume where there's smoke, there's fire," Silver said on The Rich Eisen Show.

"Brian Windhorst has sort of been cataloguing LeBron's career for a long time, and he usually has very accurate insights from that team."

On Wednesday afternoon, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert was asked about Silver's comments.

"I have that on my list -- my to-do list -- actually to talk to him about that," Gilbert said at the introductory press conference for new GM Koby Altman. "Which I will.

"He was just being empathetic with stuff that he's reading, but I agree that's a little bit unusual.

"He's a great commissioner by the way. I think he's doing an unbelievable job. I mean killing it. Like an A plus. Print that, too (laughter). Please."

Kyrie reportedly wants out of Cleveland and doesn't want to play with LeBron anymore.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller