Warriors vs. Heat: What to watch for

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Warriors vs. Heat: What to watch for

Programming note: Warriors-Heat coverage begins on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area with Warriors Pregame Live at 4 p.m. Stick around after the final horn for Warriors Postgame Live.

The Warriors roll into Miami on Wednesday as the proud owners of a four-game road winning streak and a chance to really turn some heads around the NBA.

The Warriors are 14-7, a terrific start, no doubt. But if they can knock off the defending champion Heat on its home floor … that would be an eyebrow-raiser, to say the least.

The Heat (14-5) has won two straight and eight of its past 10 games. Miami is 10-1 at home this season.

Here are some things to watch for during Wednesday’s game between the Warriors and Heat:

Play at the right tempo: As a rule, the Warriors would like to play uptempo, and this game is no different. At the same time, Golden State needs to make sure it values possessions and gets back in defensive transition.

A track meet alone isn’t going to get it done.

As a team Miami is shooting over 50 percent from the floor and averaging 108 points per game at home. If this game goes too fast for the Warriors, they risk the possibility of getting overwhelmed by the Heat’s athleticism.

If they play too slow a pace, they risk getting swallowed up by Miami’s halfcourt defense. Golden State should want to play somewhere in the middle.

No LeBron domination: You can’t discuss the Miami Heat without discussing LeBron James, who is having an incredible season. He is averaging 25.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. Most impressive is James is shooting 54 percent from the floor, including 44 percent from 3-point range.

Rookies Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green will likely get their chances to check James -- which is a terrific challenge for a first-year player.

Lee vs. Bosh: David Lee is playing terrific basketball right now, and he’ll need to continue that against the Heat. Chris Bosh has been playing plenty of center for Miami, but that doesn’t mean the two won’t be matched up against each other at times.

You could make a case that Lee and Bosh are similar type players – both with a little bit of an inside-out/outside-in game.

If Lee can win this matchup, it gives the Warriors a better chance to beat Miami.

 

Curry, Iguodala go wild as Spieth turns it on to win the Open Championship

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Curry, Iguodala go wild as Spieth turns it on to win the Open Championship

Jordan Spieth put together an incredible finsih to win the 2017 Open Championship on Sunday. And two of the Warriors' biggest stars were loving every moment. 

Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala, two huge golf fans, tweeted out their reactions as Spieth turned it on after a near meltdown.

Check out what Curry and Iguodala had to say as the 23-year-old was on his way to winning his third major. 

Draymond, McGregor go at each other over Warriors jersey

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Draymond, McGregor go at each other over Warriors jersey

Draymond Green does not want Conor McGregor wearing Warriors gear as he prepares for his mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather. 

On Saturday night, Green took to Instagram and called out McGregor for wearing a vintage No. 23 Warriors jersey, writing "We rocking with Floyd bro not you... take that off bruh @thenotoriousmma." 

We rocking with Floyd bro not you... take that off bruh @thenotoriousmma

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Mayweather showed his appreciation and commented "Splash for the cash #warriors #michigan." To say the least, McGregor's response wasn't quite as nice. 

"That's C.J Watson mate. I don't know who the f--- you are. No disrespect tho kid, keep hustling and stay in school," McGregor wrote back. Clearly, Green took that as disrespect. 

Sunday morning, the Warriors forward wrote back, "@thenotoriousmma hahahahaha that number won't be worn again when I'm finished with it clown! Gold medalist, all star, DPOY etc!!! Hahaha stop it boy! Nate Diaz (Bay Area stand up) whooped you in your ring! Money May about to destroy you!!! Take that Warriors jersey off bruh you're an incredible internet troll we don't rock with you! Go train bum!!" 

In a YouTube video showing the highlights of McGregor during his world tour promoting the fight with Mayweather, McGregor rocked a throwback Warriors jersey while training.

McGregor and Mayweather are set to square off in the ring on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.