Dontexpect Baron Davis to be walking through that door. At least not for theWarriors.WhileWarriors officials didnt want to comment on the availability of Davis whomthe Cleveland Cavaliers waived through amnesty on Wednesday it seems apparentthey will make no attempt to bring back the leader of the 2006-07 We Believeteam.By usingthe amnesty provision on Davis, the remainder of his salary approximately 28.5million over the next two seasons will come off the Cavaliers salary cap. NBAteams that are under the salary cap can now place bids for Davisservices.TheWarriors wont be doing that.
Davis was adynamic performer for the Warriors in leading them to their only playoffappearance in the past 17 seasons in 2007. He was every bit as good thefollowing season, when he played all 82 games and led the team to a 48-34record.But hehasnt been the same player since, struggling through injury-riddled seasonsfor the L.A. Clippers and Cavaliers.Its nosecret the Warriors are considering trying to acquire a bigger guard and onewho likely can play a little point guard. But the problem is Davis has a backinjury and is out indefinitely. If the Warriors are going to go out and getsome backcourt support, they need someone who can play sooner rather thanlater.
PORTLAND -- Kevin Durant is back.
The All-Star forward who missed Games 2 and 3 of the Warriors-Blazers playoff series with a left calf strain was listed as questionable after shootaround but was cleared two hours prior to tipoff Monday night at Moda Center.
“It was simple, really,” acting coach Mike Brown said. “Our training staff cleared him to play and if anybody can play, we’re going to play him.”
Durant will be in the starting lineup, without a rigid minutes restriction.
“We obviously won’t play him for 48 minutes,” Brown said. “But we’ll watch him as the course of the game goes on.”
Veteran Warriors Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot bone bruise) and Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain and hand contusion), both of whom were listed as questionable, will not be available.
Durant participated in shootaround Monday morning but walked out of the arena with an ice pack wrapped around his calf. That’s not unusual, and it’s done to minimize the possibility of swelling.
Durant scored a team-high 32 points in Game 1 on April 16. He took a blow to his calf late in the third quarter and returned in the fourth but the muscle tightened later than night and the following day.
Programming note: Warriors-Blazers Game 4 coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live right here.
Klay Thompson was assisted by Andre Iguodala on 57 buckets during the regular season.
Off the floor, Iguodala is trying to assist Klay when it comes to fashion.
"Klay should wear staple pieces. He should wear the same thing every day," Iguodala told Logan Murdock of Bleacher Report. "He should dress like a Silicon Valley startup CEO."
Klay "doesn’t know which way he wants to go."
In the feature, Iguodala opened up about the general fashion sense of his teammates and his own style.
“I’m wearing a blazer, like, all the time," Iguodala said. "That’s my go-to. A blazer, and I can just figure out if I want to wear jeans or slacks. Turn it into a suit. I can wear a turtleneck. I can wear a button-up (or a) gray tee.”