Many Warriors fans are looking for resolution today when itcomes to their teams first-round selection in the upcoming NBA draft. DuringWednesdays draft lottery, the Warriors will find out whether they have theirown selection in the June 28 draft or whether they will lose it.This all goes back to a trade that involved the Warriorsacquiring point guard Marcus Williams from New Jersey back in 2008.To refresh, the Warriors will get to keep their pick if itis the No. 1 pick through the No. 7 pick. If the pick winds up being No. 8 orworse, it will be conveyed to Utah.While most Warriors fans are hoping for the team to stay putat No. 7 or even move up to one of the top-three picks that will still comewith a price. Should the Warriors keep their pick this season, then theyll bein virtually the same position next year with their pick and Utah.Lets say the Warriors keep their pick this year. What thatwould mean is that next years pick would go to Utah, unless it is one of thetop-six picks in the draft.If the Warriors were to end up keeping next years pick,too, it would mean that the 2014 pick would go to Utah unless it is one of thetop-six picks in the draft.So, for the Warriors to keep their picks in each of the nextthree seasons, theyd have to have the No. 7 pick or better in 2012, the No. 6pick or better in 2013 and the No. 6 pick or better in 2014.If the Warriors dont convey their first-round pick to Utahin any of the next three seasons, then the Jazz would receive the Warriorssecond-round picks in 2014 and 2016.The hope among Warriors fans is that they get to keep theirfirst-round pick this offseason and then make the playoffs in 2012-13. Underthat scenario, the Warriors would give their pick to Utah next season andbest of all, it wouldnt be a lottery pick.If youre looking for worst-case scenario, it might gosomething like this: The Warriors keep the No. 7 pick in this draft, but thenhave another disappointing season in 2012-13, putting next summers pick inperil again.Yes, the Warriors will find out today whether or not theyllhave a high draft pick come June 28. But even if they do hold onto it, theuncertainty with Utah isnt over.
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.