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Gameday: Next up for Draymond Green -- LaMarcus Aldridge

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Gameday: Next up for Draymond Green -- LaMarcus Aldridge

After saying late Wednesday afternoon there would be no Thursday morning shootaround, Steve Kerr needed only five or six hours to reconsider.

He was in San Antonio, where the Warriors would face Gregg Popovich’s Spurs, so Kerr changed his mind and called for a morning warmup at AT&T Center, where the teams meet Thursday night.

[SHILLER: Kerr calls shootaround, details the concepts Warriors need to get in order]

The Warriors (5-3) want to sustain the intensity displayed Monday night in their most impressive performance this season, a 141-113 win over the Clippers in LA.

The Spurs (4-3) opened the season with four consecutive wins but are coming off three straight losses, all on the road.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 8

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Draymond Green vs. LaMarcus Aldridge: Down two starters, the Spurs likely won’t go any further than Aldridge takes them. He has had mixed results against Green, who is coming off a strong game three nights ago, when he silenced Clippers star Blake Griffin. Green will be the leader in a phalanx of defenders paying attention to Aldridge, whose 23.6 points per game leads the Spurs and ranks 15th in the NBA.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: No injuries listed. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Spurs: C Joffrey Lauvergne (R ankle sprain), F Kawhi Leonard (R quadriceps tendinopathy) and G Tony Parker (L quadriceps tendon surgery) are listed as out.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors last season lost two of three regular-season games but subsequently swept San Antonio in the conference finals. The Warriors lost 31 of 36 to the Spurs prior to 2014-15 but are 5-5 against them since coach Kerr arrived.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE PACE GAME: The Warriors want to play fast; they currently rank sixth in pace and is one of the reasons they lead and league in scoring at 121.0 points per game. The Spurs prefer to be more deliberate, ranking 25th in pace and averaging 98.1 points (27th in the NBA) and want to keep the score around that figure.

THE ARC: The Warriors rank second in the league in 3-point field goal percentage, at 39.9. The Spurs, generally among the NBA’s best at defending the arc, rank 17th, allowing teams to shoot 36.0 percent. Kerr likely reminded his team of Popovich’s commitment to limit clean looks from deep, so expect lots of screens and kick outs.

THE GLASS WARS: By starting Pau Gasol and Aldridge, the Spurs have done a terrific job at rebounding (fifth in the league) and an even better job at piling up second-chance points (second). Their 47.5 paint points per game ranks third. The Warriors will have to be vigilant about blocking out, an area where they have been vulnerable.

Report: After trade rumors swirled, Spurs give LaMarcus Aldridge an extension

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Report: After trade rumors swirled, Spurs give LaMarcus Aldridge an extension

The San Antonio Spurs have reached an agreement with LaMarcus Aldridge on an extension that will keep him under contract for an additional three years.

A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Aldridge will exercise the $22 million player option on his contract for the 2018-19 season. He will also get another two years and $50 million tacked on, according to the person who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.

The Spurs open the regular season against Minnesota on Wednesday night. The agreement came as a surprise given Aldridge’s difficulty acclimating to the Spurs since he left Portland in 2015.

Aldridge averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds a game last season.

Five takeaways from the Kings preseason opening win vs Spurs

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Five takeaways from the Kings preseason opening win vs Spurs

SACRAMENTO -- Game on. The Sacramento Kings returned to the court for their first preseason game Monday evening at Golden 1 Arena. Gregg Popovich and his perennial playoff San Antonio Spurs walked away wondering whether they just played a basketball or ran a track meet.

With both teams relying heavily on their young players, the Kings came away with the 106-100 victory to start the 2017-18 exhibition season.

1- Joerger is leaning on the vets. The Kings’ starting lineup featured five 30-somethings, including George Hill, Garrett Temple, Vince Carter, Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos. The young players saw plenty of court time, but Joerger is going to turn to this group for plenty of minutes early in the season as the young players find their NBA sea legs.

2- The second unit is going to push for minutes. After starting the vets, Joerger turned to a second unit of De’Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield, Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein. The youth movement put on a show. They made plenty of mistakes, but they played hard and they played fast.

3- Fox hasn’t mastered the jumper, but he’s so fast that it doesn’t matter. Speedster Patty Mills couldn’t stay in front of the rookie and Fox even ran out of his shoe at one point. The rookie posted 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes of action. It’s going to be hard to keep him off the court once the regular season begins.

4- So many players and only 48 minutes to play. Joerger sent players in and out of the game as fast as he could possibly substitute and it still felt like everyone needed more time. Frank Mason III dropped in 17 points in 22 minutes. Labissiere added 15 points and four rebounds and Hield went for 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting as Joerger stuck with the young guys in the second half.

5- Baby steps. Rookie Harry Giles has competed in training camp everyday, but Monday night he was listed as “OUT - Bilateral Knee Rehab.” The Kings love the potential of the 19-year-old big, but they aren’t going to rush him into action.