Jackson says Kings are 'big game' for Warriors


Jackson says Kings are 'big game' for Warriors

OAKLAND Outside of Northern California, the Warriors-Kingsgame on Saturday night likely isnt resonating very much.But that doesnt matter to Warriors coach Mark Jackson. Notsurprisingly, hes viewing the game as a big one for his team. The Warriors arejust 8-12, but theyve won two in a row and are seeking the seasons firstthree-game winning streak.Theyll have to do it on the road where they are 2-5 andtheyll have to do it against the Kings, a team the Warriors beat this pastTuesday at Oracle.
Before the Warriors beat the Kings on Tuesday, Jackson wrotethe record 8-12 on the grease board. The team was 6-12 at that time, with theKings and Jazz upcoming, and Jackson set two in a row as a goal.On Friday, he wrote 9-12 on the grease board."I think (Saturday) is a big game for us, obviously," Jackson said after practice. "Its an opportunity to win three in a row, anopportunity to continue to practice the principles weve laid forth and tocontinue to build."
What Jackson thinks the Warriors are building toward is thepostseason. He wasnt asked specifically about the playoffs, but he hasntconceded anything on that front regarding his playoff prediction.I think there are going to be a lot of teams that are goingthrough a tough stretch, Jackson said. And weve experienced ours. Obviously,the schedule doesnt get any better, but we feel we will.The Warriors beat the Kings 93-90 on Tuesday, a game that Kingsstarting shooting guard Marcus Thornton did not play in. Instead, JimmerFredette started that night. Thornton returned for the Kings win over Portlandon Thursday, while Fredette got a DNP-CD.Hes a heck of a talent, a guy that can flat-out scorer andcreate problems at the offensive end, Jackson said of Thornton. But at theend of the day, its about us. If we do what were supposed to do on both sidesof the basketball, well be just fine.

With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell


With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

After getting a rude “Welcome to the NBA” facial from Rockets guard Eric Gordon in his debut Tuesday night, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell stands to get a more legitimate baptism Friday night in New Orleans.

That’s where Pelicans All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be waiting, eager to abuse the new guy.

With starting power forward Draymond Green listed as doubtful with a strained left knee -- MRI test results were negative -- Bell can expect significant minutes when the Warriors and Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.

Aware Green’s availability is in question, Bell sees what’s ahead in Davis and Cousins, as they both possess skills that rank among the top five big men.

“I’m definitely excited about that,” Bell said Wednesday. “(They are) some of the best bigs in the league, so I’m definitely excited to get tested against that.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr generally avoids tinkering with his set rotations, in which case David West and JaVale McGee would continue to come off the bench at center. Of the other “bigs” on the roster, Bell is most likely to start if Green is unable.

Bell played 12 minutes in the opener, and they were in slots that typically go to McGee, who never left the bench against Houston. Citing the matchups created by the Rockets’ smallish lineups, Kerr opted for the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Bell over the 7-foot, 270-pound McGee.

That will change Friday, regardless of Green’s status, as both Bell and McGee will be needed against Davis and Cousins, both of whom possess wing spans over 7 feet. Only Bell is suited to play power forward or center, and the staff is coaching him at both positions.

“At the 4, I have to be more of a facilitator, like (Green) is,” Bell said. “Some plays (Kerr) has me doing the same things Draymond does. Sometimes he has me bring the ball up in practice. Calling plays, putting me in positions on the elbows to make the right pass, make the right read.

“When I’m at the 5, I have to be more of an aggressor, a more physical guy on the court, focusing on rebounding and finishing around the rim.”

It’s exceedingly rare for a second-round draft pick to start a game in his first week as an NBA player. The Warriors believe Bell can handle it. So in the case of Green being held out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rookie’s name is called.


Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI


Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

The Golden State Warriors and Dubnation have been holding their breath a bit awaiting the results of Draymond Green's MRI. 

They can breathe a little better now. 

According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative. 

Green left Tuesday's game against the Rockets one point shy of a triple double after 28 minutes of work. 

The Warriors were left in a defensive deficit in his absence and ultimatley lost to the Rockets 122-121. 

More to come...