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Gameday: Curry looks to continue dominance of Raptors

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Gameday: Curry looks to continue dominance of Raptors

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

OAKLAND -- The Warriors didn’t lose their third game last season until Dec. 1. Loss No. 3 will come much, much sooner if they stumble Wednesday night.

That’s when the defending champs open a three-game homestand against the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena. 

The Warriors (2-2) are coming off their strongest showing thus far, with nobody playing more than 33 minutes in a 133-103 mugging of the woeful Dallas Mavericks.

The Raptors (2-1) won their first two games by double digits before falling to the Spurs on Monday night in San Antonio.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 12

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Klay Thompson vs. DeMar DeRozan: The top three shooting guards in today’s NBA are from the LA-area prep scene, with Thompson and DeRozan, each 6-7, claiming two of those spots. DeRozan is the better athlete, but Thompson is the more complete player. Thompson is off to a robust start at both ends. If he can contain his buddy, it’s hard to imagine the Raptors finding a route to victory.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: No injuries listed.

Raptors: C Lucas Nogueira (L ankle sprain) and C Jonas Valanciunas (L ankle sprain) are listed as out.

RECENT SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors swept both games last season, have won six in a row overall and the last 12 played in Oakland, dating back to Feb. 8, 2004.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE FLOOR LEADERS: All-Star point guards Stephen Curry and Kyle Lowry run the show for their respective teams, and their duel is no less important -- though it lacks the history -- of the Thompson-DeRozan matchup. The Warriors swept two games last season largely because Curry dominated Lowry both times.

THE BIGS: With Toronto’s top two centers, Valanciunas and Nogueira, both out the Raptors will look mostly to Jakob Poeltl at the 5 spot, with help from power forward Serge Ibaka. The Warriors can respond with Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, JaVale McGee, David West and Jordan Bell commanding minutes behind Zaza Pachulia. Translation: A lot of small-ball in this game.

SOMETHING MUST GIVE: Toronto’s field-goal defense has been terrific, ranking fourth at 41.8 percent overall and 30.3 percent beyond the arc. The Warriors lead the NBA in shooting from the field (50.0 percent) and rank third from 3-point distance (41.2).

The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

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The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

Remember when Mark Jackson was the head coach of the Warriors?

During a recent conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Warriors GM Bob Myers shared the following story:

"I made a mistake with Mark one time -- after a game we lost, I went up to him right after we lost and asked him -- I think Curry had been having a big game and he ran a play for Carl Landry to take a shot to win the game; and it was a good play and it was a good shot.

"And I went up to Mark and I went, 'Did you think about Curry?' And he looked at me, and you could tell he was kind of containing himself, and he said, 'It was a good play. It was a good play.' And I look at him and I thought, 'I will never do that again.' If I don't trust the decisions the coach makes, then he's not the right coach.

"The coach gets to decide, right? I learned that lesson with Mark that I was completely out of line in asking him. And I apologized, and I'll never forget that lesson that I learned for myself ... I was wrong. And I learned that. So you learn more from mistakes sometimes. I don't do the debriefing with my coach after the game. Win or lose."

The Warriors fired Jackson a couple days after dropping Game 7 to the Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs.

Myers was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

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Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

On Saturday night in Philadelphia, the 76ers led the Warriors by 24 points early in the third quarter.

With about five minutes left in the game, Golden State led the game 115-97.

It was an incredible turn of events.

On Monday morning, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown was asked about the 76ers during a radio appearance on KNBR 680.

"They're gonna be good. Right now, they're just kind of finding their way," Brown said. "The thing that I think our guys really like most about that group is -- they don't back down from anybody. They're confident in their abilities, they're confident in their team and they kind of let you know it.

"They talk about it during the course of a game. Our most vocal guy, Draymond, is like that and usually when Draymond shows respect to guys, the rest of our team follows."

Said Steph Curry: "They're on the right path. Waiting on Markelle to get back, and put all the puzzle pieces together but I'm sure they're ready to turn the page from building to actually cementing their idenity and how they're gonna be. I'm pretty sure they're close. They play an exciting brand of basketball. In the first half they showed if you're not ready to play, they can come out and do some amazing things."

[RELATED: Joel Embiid 'likes' Kevin Durant's postgame comments]

Kevin Durant on Ben Simmons: "Something I've never seen before as really playing the point guard at that height and that speed and that strength. You can tell he's an Aussie, too, because he doesn't mind getting into some scuffles or showing his little fiesty side. That's gonna mean well for the Sixers down the line ... all the amazing pieces that they have here ... they're gonna be a load coming up this year, next year, year after that."

Also -- Joel Embiid is hilarious and the world is a better place because of him.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller