Over the course of the past few days, there have beenreports saying the Warriors have interest in New Orleans point guard Chris Pauland that the Hornets like Golden State point guard Stephen Curry.Both of those things may be true, but lets be clear: Thenotion of the Warriors acquiring Paul is unrealistic for tworeasons.First, it is unlikely the Warriors would trade for Paul particularly if its for Curry without Paul agreeing to an extension thatwould keep him in Golden State beyond this season.And Paul is not going to sign an extension. He made it clearrecently hes going to test the free agent market next summer. So, unless theWarriors want to flirt with disaster which would be letting go of Currylong-term for 66 games with Paul, its tough to see the move happening.Reason No. 2 is just as important. The Warriors have nofirst-round picks to give up for Paul or any other player they hope toacquire in a trade. Not for a while anyway. Bottom line is the Warriors cannotmake a trade that involves a first-round pick until 2016.Thats right. 2016.The reason for that stems from the acquisition of MarcusWilliams a few years back from New Jersey, involving a conditional first-roundselection. That pick has subsequently been traded to Utah, but it still affectsthe Warriors.Because the pick is top-7 protected in 2012 and 2013 andtop-six protected in 2014, the Warriors cant dangle any first-round pick until2016.NBA teams are prevented from trading first-round picks inconsecutive years. So without the Warriors knowing when that pick willeventually be conveyed, they cant trade a first-round pick.The fact that they dont have a pick to trade for Paul is akiller because the Hornets and any team thinking of trading a star player -- aregoing to likely want at least one pick, and perhaps multiple picks, to rebuildwith.
Kevin Durant doesn't take it easy on anyone. Not even the children of teammate Zaza Pachulia.
After practice on Saturday in Philadelphia, Pachulia's two sons, Davit and Saba, were playing one-on-one at the facility the Warriors were using. Kevin Durant filmed one sequence and posted it to his Instagram Story.
One of Pachulia's sons grabbed the ball and drives around the other without dribbling. As he makes the shot, Durant offers his commentary and took a shot at the Warriors starting center.
"That's a travel. Such a travel. Same thing your pops do," Durant said, taking a shot at Pachulia.
Durant also had another message for Pachulia written on the video.
"Yo, @zazapachulia at some you have to teach the boys how to play off the bounce," Durant wrote.
"Such a travel. Same thing your pops do."— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 18, 2017
–Kevin Durant roasting Zaza Pachulia's kids
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After losing the biggest test of the season thus far, the Warriors will try to get back to winning Saturday, when they face the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3:30, with tipoff scheduled for 4:35.
The Warriors (11-4), who are coming off their first loss in eight games, a 92-88 defeat at Boston on Thursday, laid a 135-114 beating on the 76ers one week ago in Oakland. They shot a season-high 58.5 percent from the field, including 51.9 percent beyond the arc.
The Sixers (8-6) started the season by losing four of their first five games but have recovered nicely, winning seven of their last nine. They rebounded from the loss to the Warriors by sweeping the Clippers and Lakers in Los Angeles earlier this week.
Warriors by 8.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Draymond Green and Co. vs. Joel Embiid: The Warriors used a tag-team effort to lock down the Philadelphia big man last week, holding Embiid to 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting and seven rebounds while forcing seven turnovers. It was a lesson in team defense, and they’ll try to repeat that performance. No fewer than five Warriors -- Zaza Pachulia, Kevin Durant, JaVale McGee, David West and Green -- will get chances to defend Embiid, who responded to a poor game in Oakland by combining for 87 points and 31 rebounds in torching the Clippers and the Lakers in LA.
Warriors: No injuries listed. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.
76ers: G Jerryd Bayless (L wrist bruise) is listed as questionable. G/F Justin Anderson (L shin splints), G Markelle Fultz (right shoulder scapular muscle imbalance) and G Nik Stauskas (R ankle sprain) are listed as out.
Tony Brothers (crew chief), Bennie Adams and Lauren Holtkamp.
The Warriors have won the last nine meetings overall, the last four in Philadelphia. Their last loss in Philadelphia was on March 2, 2013.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
WHAT ABOUT STEPH? Stephen Curry has fallen into a bit of a shooting rut, and it’s not necessarily related to the thigh bruise sustained last Saturday against 76ers. He is 20-of-61 (32.8 percent) from the field, including 9-of-33 (27.3) from deep, over his last four games; he was 34-of-58 (58.6) and 18-of-32 (56.3) in the four games before that. He’ll get opportunities against the Philly defense. Can he snap out of it?
I-N-T-E-N-S-I-T-Y SPELLS INTENSITY: The Warriors are have a tough time shaking the habit of strolling through too many parts of games. After a first half in which they committed 13 turnovers and allowed Philly to shoot 52 percent, the Warriors last week used a third-quarter barrage to put the game away. After being freshly burned in Boston, expect them to bring some early fire, trying to bury the Sixers early and totally.
BEN SIMMONS PT. II: In sending a variety of defenders at the 6-foot-10 point guard, the Warriors kept Simmons off balance and turned him into a volume shooter. He took 17 shots, his second-highest total of the season, and made six. There is no reason to expect a substantial change, and this time the Warriors will add Andre Iguodala into the defensive mix.