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Five takeaways from Warriors' preseason loss to Minnesota

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Five takeaways from Warriors' preseason loss to Minnesota

The numbers were better, particularly early, but the result in the second preseason game was the same as in the first. A Warriors loss, this time 111-95 to the Timberwolves on Thursday at Shenzhen Universiade Center in Shenzhen, China.

The defending champions, midway through their abbreviated four-game preseason schedule, are 0-2. The next game, also against Minnesota, is scheduled for Sunday in Shanghai.

Though the Warriors were sharp early, their starting lineup racing out to first-quarter leads of 15-4 and 23-13 and taking a 32-20 lead into the second quarter, they were outscored 91-63 over the final 36 minutes.

With coach Steve Kerr leaning on reserves in the fourth quarter, the Warriors took a 32-12 beating.

Kevin Durant finished with 20 points to lead all scorers, while Stephen Curry put in 14 points, Klay Thompson 13 and Zaza Pachulia 10. Draymond Green scored only 5 points but led the team in assists (eight) and tied for the lead with six rebounds.

Here are five takeaways from the game:

SOLID STARTERS: The starting five of Curry, Thompson, Durant, Green and Pachulia was sharp early, building a lead behind defensive intensity before tailing off slightly in later stints. Still, this group shot a combined 58.1 percent overall and 50.0 percent beyond the arc. Curry and Green tied for team-highs in plus-minus, each at plus-8.

SAGGING SWAGY: Offseason acquisition Nick “Swagy P” Young, hired to provide offense off the bench, had his second forgettable night. The veteran wing played 16 minutes, totaling 7 points (3-of-8 from the field, 1-of-5 from deep, 0-of-5 from the line), two rebounds, zero assists and one turnover. There were times when he seemed utterly lost.

ROTATION GAMES: It is evident Kerr is tinkering with rotations, perhaps in an effort to best divide playing time for a roster with 17 available players. JaVale McGee, for example, entered later than usual in the first quarter and opened the second (which he never does) before giving way to David West with 9:19 left in the half.

ENDURANCE ISSUES: As reflected in the score, the Warriors started with tremendous energy but faltered over the final three quarters. The crispness and vigor shown in the opening minutes gave way sloppy/lazy play typical of teams not in peak conditioning. Kerr noted as much after the game.

YOUNG BIGS: Rookie Jordan Bell was more effective in seven minutes than second-year center Damian Jones was in 11. And Jones spent considerable time with members of the starting lineup. One of these players is going to spend more time in the G-League than in the NBA. Through two games, the rookie seems to have a slight edge.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

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Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

[POOLE: Unprompted remarks about wildfires show Klay isn't who you thought he was]

Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

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

Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

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Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.

History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 8.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?

DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.

ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.