PREGAME UPDATE: Miami guard Dwyane Wade will play tonight against the Warriors.
OAKLAND The Warriors have lost six in a row and now theMiami Heat are in town. The Warriors will be without Stephen Curry but thenagain Dwyane Wade might not play, either. Regardless, snapping their losing streak against the Heatisnt going to be easy for the Warriors.Here are some things to watch for:Ellis evening: Theres a good chancethat Monta Ellis will be defended by bigger players all game long. Whether itsJames Jones, LeBron James, Shane Battier or perhaps even Wade if he plays Ellis is going to likely see a wave of defenders, all of whom havelength.Lee needed: If the Warriors are to beatthe Heat, theyre going to need to get production out of more players than theyhave been. Most notably, David Lee has to begin contributing more and becominga more integral part of the offense. Lee is averaging 16.6 points per game and9.7 rebounds per game. But he needs to make more of an impact.Ball security: : Turnovers have been anissue in many of the Warriors losses. Well, the Miami Heat force moreturnovers almost 20 per game than any other team in the league. TheWarriors have to limit their turnovers in a big way.
With 2:50 left in Tuesday's game against the Knicks, Kevin Durant was ejected.
It's the fourth time this season that he's been thrown out of a game.
After the Warriors' 123-112 win, Durant didn't bite his tongue when asked about what happened between him and referee James Williams.
"In the first half, I was dribbling up the right side, I made a left to right cross. He said I carried, ah, you kinda let that go. I asked him 'Where'd you get the carry from?' He said 'You froze the defender.' I said 'That's what a crossover is for.' And that's why I do it, to freeze my defender. And he tried to make a bunch of excuses and I told him he was wrong," Durant said. "He went to halftime probably with an attitude and the second half, his whole thing was, he's trying to get me. So, look at my first tech. I got the rebound, dribbled the ball hard and he teched me up. He was searching for me, he lookin' to try to tech me up to get me back because he's still in his feelings from the first half. That's what been going on around the league the whole year, a bunch of that. I gotta keep my head a little bit, but I was upset."
Draymond Green attempted to hold Durant back prior to the ejection. Durant was asked about that after the game and was able to laugh about it.
"The irony," Durant said to much laughter from reporters at Oracle.
"I was not trying to hear it. He was right in doing so. I didn't want to get teched up or thrown out, but I did want him to hear what I had to say," Durant said.
Durant can expect to hear from the league office regarding his comments.
SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James has joined the NBA's 30,000-point club.
James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.
James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his heard and said "thank you so much."
James needed seven points Tuesday to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.
The 33-year-old James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the list.
At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.
The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003.