Jazz-Warriors: What to watch for


Jazz-Warriors: What to watch for

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OAKLAND The Warriors return home after a winlessthree-game road trip and are now 2-5 on the season. Saturdays game againstUtah takes on added importance because the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic arewaiting in the wings and then a four-game road trip.Here are a few things to watch for:

Tired legs: Both teams played on Fridaynight, so there are no excuses there. However, if theres one thing Utah coachTyrone Corbin has shown so far this season its that hes not afraid to uselots of players.Only Al Jefferson averages more than 30 minutes per game,and in the Jazzs victory over Memphis on Friday, Corbin got nice contributionsfrom Earl Watson, Josh Howard, Alec Burks and Derrick Favors.Help for Ellis: Its obvious the Warriorscant win consistently unless shooting guard Monta Ellis gets a littlemore help particularly with Stephen Curry out of the lineup. Dorell Wrighthad 10 points against the Lakers after going scoreless in the previous twogames, and the Warriors need him to build off that game.The Warriors also need power forward David Lee to begin tomake more of an impact both in scoring and rebounding.3-point shooting: The 3-point shot hasnot been kind to the Warriors this season. Theyve only hit 39 of them on theyear and are shooting just 32.5 percent from beyond the arc. Wrights earlyseason shooting slump has been partly responsible for that.This is where Klay Thompson could come in, and he showedover the past two games that he may be finding his way after a toughstart.

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...