Patrick McCaw

NBA Gameday: Warriors bench needs to show more in final China contest

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NBA Gameday: Warriors bench needs to show more in final China contest

The Warriors conclude their two-game swing through China on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, where they face the Timberwolves for the second time in three days.

Tipoff is a 4 a.m. PDT.

Minnesota, riding a 21-5 run to close out the game, came back for a 111-97 victory on Thursday in Shenzhen.

The Warriors (0-2) not only lost the game but also suffered a setback when backup guard Nick Young took a hard fall on his backside in the fourth quarter and was forced to leave the game.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 4.5

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: G Nick Young (R hip contusion) is listed as doubtful. F Chris Boucher (L ACL surgery rehab) is out.

Timberwolves: C Justin Patton (L foot surgery recovery) is listed as out.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

STAMINA FACTOR: Both teams could feel the physical demands created by distant travel and league-mandated obligations. Warriors coach Steve Kerr played all 17 available players Thursday, while T-Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau played only 10 of the 16 available players on his roster. Which team will exhibit more endurance?

BENCH BRIGADE: Though the Warriors got generally positive performances from their starters, most of their reserves did not play well at either end. They’d like to see more out of Patrick McCaw (minus-14 for the game) and Damian Jones (minus-17), in particular. Young also played poorly Thursday but likely will be sidelined.

THE NON-ROSTER CREW: With only one final preseason game after this one, this will the last chance this month for invitees to make an impression on the Warriors or another team. Boucher is on a two-way contract and is not ready to play, which leaves only Georges Niang and Michael Gbinije in position to show what they can do. 

Bob Myers laughs as he reveals Pat McCaw-referee Summer League story

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Bob Myers laughs as he reveals Pat McCaw-referee Summer League story

Pat McCaw thrived at Summer League last month.

He averaged 20 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists over five games.

He was the Warriors' best player and he acted like it.

"I was watching from the court one game and he didn't get a call and the referees," Warriors GM Bob Myers explained on 95.7 The Game. "Most of these guys are referees in training, and he (McCaw) was running down the floor and he says, 'Come on, man. I played in the Finals.' And the ref was great.

"The ref looks at him and he goes, 'Congratulations' (laughter). What a good response."

McCaw definitely voiced his feelings during the Warriors' first game in Las Vegas:

McCaw -- who the Warriors acquired in the 2016 draft by paying Milwaukee $2.4 million for his rights -- started 20 games last season.

In Game 2 against the Blazers, he registered nine points and five rebounds.

In Game 3 against the Blazers, he racked up 11 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block.

In Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs, the 21-year old recorded 18 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals.

In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, he contributed by scoring six points.

"The nickname for Pat -- the players call him, 'P-Nice,' because he's got this never-wavering confidence," Myers revealed. "The worst kind of rookie comes in and acts like they're better and doesn't back it up. But Pat -- really from Day 1 -- he earned the respect of the guys because he can play.

"And it's a kind of innocent confidence. It doesn't bother anybody ... we expect big things out of him this year."

He will be a restricted free agent next summer...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

McCaw leads all scorers in Warriors' blowout Summer League loss

McCaw leads all scorers in Warriors' blowout Summer League loss

BOX SCORE

The Warriors are NBA champions, but will not be NBA Summer League champions. 

After being dominated by the Boston Celtics, 93-69, Thursday night, the Warriors are now 1-4 in Las Vegas and drop to the consolation bracket.

Patrick McCaw led all scorers with 20 points. The sophomore guard shot 6 of 13 from the field and also grabbed three steals on defense. 

Rookie Bryce Alford was the only other Warrior to finish with double-digit points, dropping 11 in the loss. 

Golden State finishes its Summer League slate Friday at 3:00 p.m. against the loser of Thursday's Clippers vs Heat game.