Warriors vs. Lakers: What to watch for


Warriors vs. Lakers: What to watch for

LOS ANGELES The Warriors conclude their three-game roadtrip against the Lakers on Friday night looking to bring home a win and avoidan overall four-game losing streak.Here are a few things to watch for:

Jenkins will start: Rookie CharlesJenkins, whom the Warriors selected in the second round out of Hofstra, willget his first-ever start tonight, replacing Stephen Curry in the lineup.Biedrins banged-up: Warriors centerAndris Biedrins is a game-time decision because of a sprained right ankle andtoe injury. Biedrins got hurt during the San Antonio game onWednesday.He didnt practice on Thursday. If Biedrins cant go, KwameBrown will certainly start at center for the Warriors. It might not be a badgame for that to happen. In the past, Lakers center Andrew Bynum has givenBiedrins problems, and Brown might be the better matchup there anyway.Robinsons debut: Let the experimentbegin. With Stephen Curry out, Mark Jackson will most certainly use Robinsonagainst the Lakers. The Warriors are looking for Robinson to provide depth,toughness and scoring in the backcourt.

Paul Pierce reveals origin of his trash-talking beef with Draymond Green

Paul Pierce reveals origin of his trash-talking beef with Draymond Green

Programming note: Warriors-76ers coverage starts today at 3pm with Warriors Pregame Live on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

Draymond Green and Paul Pierce engaged in some trash talk last Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

On Saturday night, Pierce didn't give Draymond's words high marks.

"That's about a three," Pierce said on ABC. "I’ve been around for a long time -- the likes of Kevin Garnett, obviously. I grew up watching Gary Payton, hearing him, so that’s light.

"I couldn’t even hear him.”

In the first minute of last Thursday's Warriors-Clippers game, Draymond said the following to Pierce:

"Chasing that farewell tour -- they don't love you like that. You can't get no farewell tour, they don't love you like that ... you thought you was Kobe?"

Why did Draymond say that?

"This is how it all started: Blake Griffin posted him up, got a foul, and I was just pretty much like, 'You can't guard Blake. He gonna give it to you all night. You not that good. You only good because you got Steph Curry, KD and Klay Thompson around. That's the only reason you get recognition,'" Pierce explained. "And so I'm trying to spark my team with the trash talk -- go at their emotional leader and give my guys some confidence. And that's when you hear him say what he said...

"... When I got home, I see all of this on social media. I'm like, 'Ah, OK,' and that's when I went to my Twitter and said what I said."

Shortly after 2am PT on Thursday night/Friday morning, Pierce tweeted:

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Kevin Durant's status for Monday's game in Philadelphia remains up in the air.

The Warriors forward, who missed his first game of the season on Saturday, is listed as questionable for the team's game against the 76ers.

Prior to the game against the Nets, head coach Steve Kerr told the media that Durant's left hand was "still a little swollen" and called the injury a "day-to-day" thing.

Without Durant, the Warriors still managed to cruise to a 112-95 win over Brooklyn.

Durant injured his left pinky in the opening minutes against the Clippers on Thursday. He remained in the game, but late in the first quarter, he retreated to the locker room with a member of the training staff.

He returned to the game after X-rays came back negative. He played 34 minutes and finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.