NBA Gameday: Heavily favored Warriors welcome Barnes, Mavs

NBA Gameday: Heavily favored Warriors welcome Barnes, Mavs

OAKLAND – The Warriors continue their five-game homestand Friday night when they face the Dallas Mavericks, who will bring a couple former teammates to Oracle Arena.

One of them, center Andrew Bogut, will sit out and rest, just as he did when the teams met last month in Oakland.

Forward Harrison Barnes will play. Barnes and Bogut were were key members of the Warriors’ 2015 championship team but became expendable in July, when the team signed prize free agent Kevin Durant.

The Warriors (28-5) are heavy favorites in part because they’ve been superb at home, averaging 124.3 points per game over their last seven. They’re 13-2 this season at Oracle.

The Mavericks (10-23), who posted a 101-89 win over the Lakers Thursday night in Los Angeles, will be playing their fourth game in five nights.


The Warriors recalled rookies Patrick McCaw and Damian Jones Friday morning after the two contributed to the Santa Cruz Warriors' 115-108 win over Northern Arizona Thursday evening. McCaw posted 15 points, six rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes while Jones registered two points, four rebounds, and three assists in 24 minutes.


Warriors by 18


Durant vs. Barnes: KD, who replaced Barnes as Warriors starting forward, outscored HB, 28-25, on Nov. 9 at Oracle. Moreover, Durant added 10 rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot, while Barnes totaled eight rebounds and one assist. Durant leads the Warriors in scoring, rebounding and blocks. Barnes has reached double figures in his first 33 games for the Mavericks, the longest such streak in franchise history.


Warriors: G Pat McCaw (flu-like symptoms) is out.

Mavericks: C Andrew Bogut (rest) and G J.J. Barea (L leg muscle strain) are listed as out.


Warriors: 8-2. Mavericks: 5-5.


The Warriors won the first meeting this season, 116-95, on Nov. 9 at Oracle. They have won eight in a row in Oakland and 13 of the last 16 meetings overall.


Ball security: The Warriors are in the midst of another of those spells when turnovers become a problem, as over the past three games they have committed 63, off which opponents have scored 80 points. The issue has led to another search for a solution. Consider this a test case to see if there is appreciable improvement.

The tempo game: The Warriors want to run, which has helped them lead the league in scoring (117.3) and field goal percentage (49.7), while ranking third in pace. The Mavericks want to walk. They’re last in pace and in scoring (95.0). Dallas’ only chance is to dictate pace and keep it close in the fourth quarter.

Curry vs. Curry: Warriors superstar Stephen Curry is practically assured of matching up against his younger brother, Mavericks guard Seth Curry. For them, it’ll be like old times on the court at home in North Carolina. For everyone else, it will be fascinating theater.

Former agent Christian Dawkins to blame? Jordan Bell knows 'exactly what happened'


Former agent Christian Dawkins to blame? Jordan Bell knows 'exactly what happened'

So here's a story for you:

At 9:25pm on April 16, 2017, The Vertical's Shams Charania sent out the following tweet:

This angered Jordan Bell, who soon thereafter tweeted twice:

So what actually went down? It turns out that former agent Christian Dawkins -- who is a key figure in the FBI's investigation into corruption in college basketball -- may have been responsible.

Bell explained everything to Logan Murdock on the Planet Dubs Podcast.

"I was mad ... I know exactly what happened. One of the agents I met with -- the one who got in trouble. What's his name? Dawkins or whatever. Something like that. When I met with him, he was throwing me shade -- he acted like he didn't know who I was. 

"We had dinner and he's on his phone like not really paying me attention. I'm like, 'Why am I meeting with you?  You're wasting my time.' ... I kid you not, he didn't read over his (research). It had all of the top power forwards, big guys in the draft. And he was like, 'Let's just look at this.'

"And he's looking at it, and he was like, 'Oh! You're Top 3 in everything!' And he started getting excited and I was like, 'I'm cool. I'm done with this meeting.'"

Bell then explained how one of his coaches at Oregon tried to teach Bell a lesson.

The coach wanted Bell to "be a man" and contact all of the agents that he was for sure not going to sign with to let them know.

Bell didn't want to do that because he wanted to announce he was declaring for the draft on his own terms, without any information potentially leaking to the media.

But the Warriors rookie took the coach's advice and texted Dawkins to say he was going in a different direction.

"And I kid you not, like an hour later, I get an (alert) -- I'm upstairs at my coach's house -- 'I hear Jordan Bell declares for (the draft)' and I just started screaming...

"... I feel like I have to go (to the NBA) now ... when that happened, I was like, 'I really want to go back now just to prove him wrong, just to make him lose all credibility."

Bell quickly came to his senses, and at 10am on April 18, 2017, he retweeted the following message:

Interestingly -- the last line of The Vertical's story that broke the news regarding Bell reads:

Bell is projected to be the No. 38 overall pick in The Vertical’s latest mock draft by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.

The Warriors paid the Bulls $3.5 million for the rights to Bell at... No. 38 overall.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steph Curry knows it comes with risk, but he's not going to change the way he plays


Steph Curry knows it comes with risk, but he's not going to change the way he plays

OAKLAND -- When he returns to the Warriors, likely on Friday, Stephen Curry will alter nothing about his game despite coming off a four-month period during which his surgically repaired right ankle endured multiple aggravations.

He’ll be the same Curry that fans have come to know, diving into passing lanes on defense while firing up 3-pointers and darting in and out of paint traffic on offense.

It’s the only way he knows how to play, and he’s played long enough to accept that it comes with risk.

“When I wake up in the morning I’ll know the difference between my right (ankle) and my left,” Curry said Thursday after practice. “But that won’t stop me from being who I am on the floor and having confidence in myself when I get back out there.”

Curry missed 11 games after spraining his ankle on Dec. 4 in New Orleans. He missed two games after tweaking it in shootaround on Jan 10. He missed no games after tweaking it March 2 in Atlanta. He has missed the last six games after tweaking it on March 8 against the Spurs.

“I’ve been very durable over the course of my career,” said Curry, who is listed as probable but fully expects to play Friday against Atlanta. “It’s just that I’ve had three untimely, freak accidents happen.”

Curry stepped on E’twaun Moore’s foot in New Orleans, on Zaza Pachulia’s foot in Atlanta and Dejounte Murray’s foot against the Spurs at Oracle Arena.

Not once in the previous five regular seasons did Curry miss significant time due to his tricky ankle. He missed a total of 16 games during that span, never more than four in a season, and six of those were for reasons of rest.

This season, however, has tested Curry’s patience like nothing since 2011-12, after which he had his second ankle surgery. He concedes that being in and out of the lineup has left him at times feeling “boredom, monotony and frustration.”

Though some of that can be attributed to the rehab process, there is no doubt part of that stems from watching the Warriors from the sideline.

With Curry out of the lineup this season, the Warriors are 13-8 (he missed one game with a hand bruise, another with a thigh bruise). That they are 40-10 when he’s in the lineup illustrates his importance.

It’s not just that he’s important. Curry is the catalyst for the offense and he can only be that if he is playing without regard for the possibility of injury. A hesitant Curry can’t be an effective Curry, so full throttle is the only way to go.

"If we’re trying to win a championship, I need to be out there,” he said. “That’s a given. We want every single guy out there, healthy and available, myself included. That’s the ideal situation.”

If he gets hurt along the way, so be it. As man of faith, he believes that anything that happens is influenced by a higher power.

“It doesn’t matter if I’m shooting 3s or pullups are going into the lane or playing defense, that’s liable to happen any time,” Curry said. “Other than those instances, I haven’t had anything to worry about on the injury front. We are prisoners of the moment when it comes (playing the game). I don’t feel like I’m at a point where I have to change anything based on me being a durable player and being on the court consistently.

“Down the line, if you ask me about it in three of four years, there might be something I might need to change. But not right now.”

There is a segment of fans, worried about Curry’s health and realizing it is tied to the fate of the team, who would like him to dial back his aggression. Maybe avoid the paint and settle for more jump shots. He’s heard the advice and is not unwilling to launch a few more shots from deep.

But Curry is going to go where he sees daylight, and the best chance to make a positive play. He’ll take his chances because hesitation has no place in his mind or his game.