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Lacob, Warriors front office at critical juncture

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Lacob, Warriors front office at critical juncture

Warriors owner Joe Lacob and his front office findthemselves at an important juncture early in their tenure.The have the ability to spend money in free agency and alsopossess some pieces that make them a viable trade partner for other NBA teams.Only, now, theyve lost out on their No. 1 free agent target, Tyson Chandler,and they have no hope of landing Chris Paul.And free agency hasnt even begun yet. Doesnt start tillFriday.
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Lacob has talked for a year-and-a-half about boldness andrisk-taking, and theres now a tangible clamor from the fan base that itstime. And yet, now might be the best time to take a breath, re-assess andgather. At this point, you could make a case its the Warriors best course ofaction.If Lacobs goal is for the Warriors to improve enough thisyear to leapfrog four teams and get into the postseason, the best way toaccomplish that might simply be by adding a couple of role players to thecore.Thats not going to be as sexy as if the Warriors had signedChandler (heading to New York) or finagled a way to get Paul (traded to L.A.Lakers). But in the long run it might be the most effective way towardeventually being successful.Dont use the amnesty provision, dont overspend for a freeagent and dont make a trade to decimate your core. Allow new coach MarkJackson to coach the team for this abbreviated season and then better see whatyou have.Thats not the worst strategy in the world. After all, thereare worse things you could do. Remember Corey Maggette?The Warriors signed Maggette to a 50-million contract inthe wake of Baron Davis spurning them for the Clippers. That was back in 2008,and the Warriors spent the next couple of years trying to get Maggette offtheir books.The point is there are mistakes to be made right now andyou want to be sure not to make them.The nice position the Warriors are in is theyre still in agood spot with the cap and have a variety of different avenues they could theoreticallygo in. They could still get way under the cap, although there doesnt seem tobe a reason to now. Or they could get just get under in the amount they need totake a crack at a contributor or two.Maybe its signing Kwame Brown to split the center dutieswith Andris Biedrins. Perhaps you take a run at Milwaukees Luc Richard Mbah aMoute, every bit the defender Chandler is only not at the center position. Mbaha Moute is a restricted free agent, but the Bucks are reportedly adding MikeDunleavy and the Bucks arent exactly big spenders.Maybe you consider bringing Jason Richardson back givesyou some size in the backcourt, a steady veteran leader and more toughness andcompetitiveness overall.Are any of those three difference-makers? Of course not. Andif you acquire a player or two like that there will certainly be someeye-rolling around the Bay Are. But so what?Sure beats the alternative giving big-time money tosomeone whos not a big-time player.

Warriors upgrade JaVale McGee before Game 3, will start third straight vs Spurs

Warriors upgrade JaVale McGee before Game 3, will start third straight vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO -- JaVale McGee will make his third consecutive start for the Warriors Thursday night when they take the floor for Game 3 of their first-round series against the Spurs.

His presence allows the Warriors to keep intact their rotation of centers, which during this series has included Kevon Looney and David West, with Draymond Green moving into that role for scant minutes in each of the first two games.

Zaza Pachulia, who started 57 games in the regular season, has not played in either game. Rookie Jordan Bell has played a total of eight minutes, and Damian Jones a total of five.

McGee had been listed as questionable after sustaining a bruise to his left quadriceps in Game 2 on Monday. He did not practice Wednesday but participated in the morning shootaround ahead of Game 3.

In night full of raw emotions, Warriors need road defense to step up vs Spurs

In night full of raw emotions, Warriors need road defense to step up vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO -- After shaking off a solid blow from the Spurs early in Game 2 Monday in Oakland, the Warriors expect an even bigger fight when the teams meet for Game 3 Thursday night at AT&T Center.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 5 o’clock, with tipoff scheduled for 6:30.

In sweeping of San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals last May, the Warriors overcame a second-quarter deficit on the road in Game 3. With a 2-0 series lead, they’ll be out to squash any chance of a Spurs comeback in the best-of-seven series.

San Antonio will be coached by assistant Ettore Messina, who is replacing Gregg Popovich. The Spurs were terrific at home in the regular season, posting a 33-8 record, behind only Houston and Toronto.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 4

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Warriors big men vs. LaMarcus Aldridge: With JaVale McGee’s availability uncertain, the Warriors will have to dig into their rotation in an effort to contain Aldridge, who rang up 34 points and 12 rebounds in Game 2. If McGee can’t go, expect the bulk of the minutes to be divided between Kevon Looney and David West. Draymond Green will take a few shifts and Zaza Pachulia, did not play in Game 1 or 2, could be pressed into service.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: C JaVale McGee (L quad contusion) is listed as questionable. G Stephen Curry (L MCL sprain) and G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) are listed as out.

Spurs: F Joffrey Lauvergne (personal business) and F Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) are listed as out. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich (personal reasons) will not be at the game.

SERIES TO DATE

Game 1: Warriors 113, Spurs 92 Game 2: Warriors 116-, Spurs 101

GAME OFFICIALS

Zach Zarba (crew chief), Rodney Mott, Sean Wright, Tre Maddox (alternate)

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors won three of four in the regular season, 112-92 on Nov. 2 at San Antonio, 122-105 on Feb. 10 in Oakland and 110-107 on March 8 in Oakland before losing 89-75 on March 19 in San Antonio. The Warriors swept the Spurs in the 2017 Western Conference Finals. The Warriors are 13-6 (including postseason) against San Antonio in the Steve Kerr era.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

RAW EMOTIONS: Coaches and players on both teams are affected by the death of Erin Popovich, Gregg’s wife of 40 years. Emotions are certain to in the building how emotions will influence the outcome, but they are certain to be a factor. Can the Spurs summon an inspirational, storybook performance?

VENUE CHANGE: The Spurs were a markedly better team at home, as suggested by their splits. They were 33-8 at AT&T Center vs. 14-27 on the road. They’ll get a big lift from the sellout crowd in one of the few arenas where the Warriors don’t expect audible support. They do, however, embrace the role of villain.

ROAD DEFENSE: The Warriors rediscovered their ferocious defense in Games 1 and 2 at home. Aside from a few lapses in the first half of Game 2, they were aggressive and effective and able to smother San Antonio’s offense. To be determined is whether than intensity traveled to Texas.