Udoh to Israel, Lin to Italy?

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Udoh to Israel, Lin to Italy?

It appears as if Warriors forward Ekpe Udoh and guard Jeremy Lin will be heading overseas.According to a report out of Tel Aviv, Udoh has signed with Bnei Hasharon in Israel for the duration of the lockout. As for Lin, his agent said Monday that his client is poised to sign in Italy later this week.The 24-year-old Udoh is the third NBA veteran to sign with the team during the lockout. Udoh averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game last season for the Warriors as a rookie.The news about Udoh first emerged on Twitter from writer David Pick with Eurobasket.com. That report indicated Udoh is expected to land in Israel Tuesday and will take part in Bneis Sunday night game.Udohs former Baylor teammates LaceDarius Dunn and Tweety Carter are also members of the team. Bnie Hasharon is 1-4 in the Israeli Basketball Super League.Previously Bnei Hasharon agreed to terms with Trevor Booker and J.J. Hickson, but each has since left and returned to the United States.Roger Montgomery, Lins agent, said his client was in the final stages of signing with a team in Italy but didnt want to divulge the team at this time in case things fall through.Jeremy is a young player who needs to play, Montgomery said. Hes not a veteran guy who can afford to sit around during the lockout. He needs game competition.

Both Udoh and Lin have opt-out clauses and will return to the United States if the NBA lockout is settled.

Instant Replay: Warriors in control from start to finish, beat Clippers

Instant Replay: Warriors in control from start to finish, beat Clippers

BOX SCORE

LOS ANGELES – Shredding the league’s top-rated defense, the Warriors sprinted ahead of the Clippers early and raced to a 115-98 victory before a bipartisan sellout crowd Wednesday night at Staples Center.

Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by 24 points from Klay Thompson, as they defeated Los Angeles for the seventh consecutive time, dating back to March 2015.

Draymond Green scored 22 points, Stephen Curry 19, Kevin Durant 16 and Andre Iguodala 10 as the Warriors (19-3) emphasized ball movement and crisp passing to shoot 48 percent from the field, posting 32 assists on 42 field goals.

Curry consistently disrupted LA’s attempts to create rhythm on offense, as he nabbed seven steals, tying a career-high and also posting the individual high for the NBA this season.

Veteran guard Jamal Crawford scored 21 points to lead the Clippers (16-7), who lost for the fifth time in seven games.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Green provided his usual buoyant energy and dirty work but also turned in a highly efficient scoring night, resulting in a season-high.

Green’s line: 22 points (8-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, 3-of-4 from the free throw line), five rebounds, four assists and two steals. He played 32 minutes was plus-25.

TURNING POINT

After a DeAndre Jordan dunk gave LA a 10-9 lead with 6:58 left in the first quarter, the Warriors responded with an 18-3 run to go up 27-13 with 2:38 left in the quarter.

The Clippers got no closer than seven (53-46, 2:21 left in the second quarter) after that, as the Warriors led by 13 at the half and by 16 after three quarters.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: No injuries listed. C Anderson Varejao was a healthy inactive.

Clippers: G Raymond Felton (family matter) was declared out prior to tipoff. Clippers: F Brice Johnson (lower back herniated disc) is listed as out.

ROSTER NOTE

Warriors C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the D-League.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors left LA immediately after the game, bound for Utah, where on Thursday night they will play the Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:05 Pacific.

Warriors players, coaches pledge $75,000 to Oakland fire relief efforts

Warriors players, coaches pledge $75,000 to Oakland fire relief efforts

The players and coaches of the Golden State Warriors have pledged to donate $75,000 to the ongoing relief efforts surrounding the Oakland Fire, the team announced on Wednesday. 

The warehouse fire that began on the night of December 2 claimed a total of 36 lives.

The $75,000 from the players and coaches is in addition to the $50,000 that was previously pledged by the Golden State Warriors organization to the Oakland Fire Relief fund.

“As a team that calls the Bay Area our home, we are all devastated by this tragedy that took place right in our community,” said Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have lost their lives, and our sincere condolences go out to their loved ones.

"We invite anyone that would like to help those who have been affected by this tragedy to join us in supporting our neighbors that have lost so much.”

An Oakland Fire Relief PSA featuring the Warriors players can be found at warriors.com/OaklandFire.

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