Feb. 21, 2011STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com
Turns out, David Lee ended up costing the Warriors a little more than everyone thought.Back in July, the Warriors acquired Lee from the Knicks in a sign and trade for Ronny Turiaf, Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph and the Warriors' 2012 second-round pick. At least that's what both the Knicks' and Warriors' press releases stated at the time.The reality is the Warriors also gave to the Knicks their second-round pick in 2013. According to sources, in the days following the trade, New York had doubts about Azubuike's health and whether he could pass a physical.Azubuike had played just nine games in 2009-10 before rupturing his patellar tendon.Rather than take the chance of the deal falling through, the Warriors and Knicks agreed to add the 2013 second-round pick to the package. New York subsequently waived Azubuike's physical. He has not played a game this season for New York.The reason these second-round picks have become an issue is because New York is poised to send both of those picks to the Denver Nuggets as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade.Warriors general manager Larry Riley confirmed the Warriors traded their 2013 pick as part of this summer's Lee trade, but didn't comment further.
SAN ANTONIO -- Warriors center Zaza Pachulia was officially declared out prior to Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs on Monday night.
Pachulia sustained a right heel contusion is the first half of Game 2 last Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. He has since done very little in practice and was listed as doubtful on the morning injury report.
Though acting head coach Mike Brown did not name backup center JaVale McGee to replace Pachulia in the starting lineup, that is the expectation. McGee started Game 3 on Saturday night and played well.
Brown gave himself some wiggle room, saying the Warriors could opt for rookie wing Pat McCaw if the Spurs start with a small lineup.
“For us, it's not that big of a deal,” Brown said in his pregame news conference. “We're either going to start JaVale or Patrick McCaw. We haven't made a decision yet, and I don't know when we're going to make a decision, but we'll go between those two guys.”
SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich took a seat at the podium for his pregame news conference and confirmed what had been anticipated for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.
All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard will be on the sideline for the third consecutive game.
Leonard twice aggravated his sprained left ankle in the third quarter of Game 1 at Oracle Arena and has not practiced since. Though he was listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report Monday morning -- the Spurs did not have a shootaround -- it was a foregone conclusion he would not play.
Popovich made the announcement by answering a question about Leonard’s status with two words: “Same, same” before confirming he would be out.
The Warriors have outscored the Spurs 302-253 since Leonard left with 7:53 left in the third quarter of Game 1.