Five thoughts on Lakers-Warriors


Five thoughts on Lakers-Warriors

Five thoughts after the Warriors' 104-101 loss to the Lakers:

1. Dominic McGuire has played--and guarded--all 5 positions on the floor...Every team needs one or two guys like him. 2. It's one thing to read on paper about how tall the Lakers are; it's quite another to SEE how tall they are up close. They were really dwarfing the Warriors front line. 3. Warriors co-owner Peter Guber was glued to his phone for a large chunk of time before the 4th quarter...on the same day he became part of the group to buy the Dodgers..coincidence?4. Andrew Bogut was very animated and into the game over on the Warriors bench. 5. The Warriors should be proud of equaling a team record for fewest turnovers in a game with five. They made the Lakers beat them, they didn't beat themselves. Bonus thought: I told Mark Jackson Tuesday morning that I thought Kobe was overrated--despite his league leading scoring average -- because of his high number of shots per game and his low (especially for him) field goal percentages. His percentages Tuesday night were still quite low (31 on field goals, 20 on 3-point shots), but a great many of the shots he hit -- especially down the stretch -- were the type of clutch shots that render great defense irrelevant. Perhaps the only thing overrated was my ASSERTION that Kobe is overrated!

Steve Kerr uses playing cards as his latest pregame prop for Warriors news

Steve Kerr uses playing cards as his latest pregame prop for Warriors news

For his latest trick, Steve Kerr brought out a deck of cards Friday night in Oakland. 

With Kevin Durant and Draymond Green out against the Bulls, Kerr was ready to announce who would replace them. Get your phones ready reporters.

"You guys ready to tweet?" Kerr asked reporters. "We're gonna start Omri and Jordan Bell." 

Kerr then began to shuffle his deck of cards and said, "As soon as you're down tweeting, we'll resume human contact. But in the meantime, stare at your phones, ignore me, I'm just practicing my shuffling." 

Casspi, in his first year with the Warriors, is averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game through 15 games. The rookie Bell has played in 12 games and is averaging 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. 

Friday night is Bell's first career start. 

Kerr's pregame prop list now includes a nail clipper, a Rubbik's cube, a slinky, and playing cards. 

Bell, Casspi to start in absence of All-Stars

Bell, Casspi to start in absence of All-Stars

OAKLAND -- The massive task of replacing All-Star forwards Kevin Durant and Draymond Green in the Warriors lineup Friday night against the Bulls falls to veteran Omri Casspi and rookie Jordan Bell.

It’s the first career start for Bell, who was a healthy scratch in each of the last three games. He will be facing the team that drafted him last June specifically to sell his rights to the Warriors for $3.5 million.

“I’ve been wanting to get him active and play him anyway,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said prior to tipoff. “But with Draymond out, to me, it’s a pretty easy choice.”

Bell indicated he would not be particularly motivated against the team that drafted him, adding that he won’t be seeking any sort of vindication.

“They made it clear that they didn’t want me, so I don’t take it to heart,” Bell said after shootaround Friday morning. “They didn’t draft me and sell me. They just drafted me for the Warriors.”

Though Durant is out to rest his left ankle, sprained last Saturday in Philadelphia, Green simply has been given the night off. Kerr indicated there will be other occasions for which he will rest Green.

Durant missed only one game last week but returned Wednesday at Oklahoma City. His ankle did not respond well in the wake of that game, so he gets another day off.

Casspi replaced Durant in the starting lineup last Sunday at Brooklyn, producing 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks over 23 minutes.

This is the first absence of the season for Green. It won’t be the last, as Kerr plans to rest all starters at various points of the season.