NBA Gameday: Warriors massive favorites over Monta, Pacers

NBA Gameday: Warriors massive favorites over Monta, Pacers

The Warriors will try to sweep their four-game road trip while also extending their win streak to eight Monday, when they face the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.

While the Warriors (11-2) last played on Saturday and are expected to be at full strength, short-handed Indiana will be on the second night of a back-to-back set, having won in overtime at Oklahoma City on Sunday.

The Pacers (7-7) in that game were without forward Paul George and Kevin Seraphin, as well as guard C.J. Miles. Their status for Monday is to be determined.

The game represents a homecoming of sorts for Warriors big man David West, who spent four seasons (2011-15) in Indy.


Warriors by 13.5


Stephen Curry vs. Jeff Teague/Monta Ellis. Curry has endured back-to-back subpar games, a rarity for him, so you might say he’s overdue. Teague is a good defender, while Ellis is mediocre at best. Curry will have opportunities. And, honestly, so will his backcourt mate Klay Thompson.


Warriors: C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery recovery) has been designated to D-League affiliate Santa Cruz Warriors.

Pacers: F Paul George (L ankle knee), C/F Kevin Seraphin (L knee soreness) and G C.J. Miles (L knee soreness) are listed as questionable.


The Warriors swept both games last season and have won four of the last five overall. The teams have split the last 10 meetings, each winning five.


1) KD vs. PG: Kevin Durant has been on a tear, which is why Indy’s George, who missed the last two games, will want to play. If George is available, this is a tremendous matchup. If not, Durant could have another monster game against Glenn Robinson III.

2) The 30 Club: Coach Steve Kerr long ago set a goal of 30 assists per game, and the Warriors have gotten at least that many in each of the last seven games. If they reach 30 on Monday it would tie the franchise record of 30 in a row, set last season.

3) Fatigue factor: None of the five Indiana starters played fewer than 38 minutes Sunday night, and Glenn Robinson III (replacing the injured George) logged 44. The Pacers will have really tough time keeping pace.

Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut


Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut

OAKLAND -- Like much of the NBA and everyone with an interest in the Warriors, Omri Casspi has watched the emergence of Quinn Cook, who came out of the G-League and is making a strong bid to make the postseason roster.

Casspi, out since spraining his right ankle last Friday against Sacramento, happens to be at or near the top of the list of the tiny group of players that might be dropped should the Warriors decide to add Cook.

The 6-foot-9 veteran forward has heard the chatter.

“First of all, it’s you guys talking,” Casspi said, referring to media. “I don’t really feel it from the organization. At the end of the day, I’m focused on getting healthy and playing. That’s all I can control.

“I feel like the team needs me and know what I can do for the team. My focus is on getting healthy and playing.”

The Warriors have until April 11 to submit their playoff roster.

Casspi’s roster spot is in danger for three reasons.

One, he has lost confidence in his long-distance shooting, which was influential in the team’s decision to sign him to a one-year minimum contract last July.

Two, his defense has been a glaring weakness, with teams attacking him at every opportunity.

Three, he had fallen out of the rotation when the team was fully healthy and didn’t return until after succession of injuries. Casspi exceeded 10 minutes of playing time in only one of the 12 games before injuries to several teammates became a factor.

Stephen Curry’s ankle woes this season, along with Cook’s impressive play, are making a persuasive argument for adding the third-year point guard.

For now, Casspi is determined to get back on court after missing the last two games.

“With my role on this team, when I’m healthy I want to go out there and play, maybe not 100 percent healthy, but close to it,” he said. “That’s what I’m focused on, on feeling good and running up and down and being able to cut and move and be out there again with the guys.”

As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay


As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all worked up sweat Wednesday, putting the Warriors ever closer to being whole again.

Only Draymond Green did not full participate in the non-contact practice session, but he’s expected back in a matter of days.

So while the Warriors are a little more than a week away from possibly having the full squad available, they’re starting to feel a little less vulnerable.

“They’re all kind of day-to-day,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is closer to playing than KD and Klay.”

Curry has not played since March 8, when he tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle. He missed the last six games. Durant (rib cartilage injury) and Thompson (right thumb sprain) sustained their injuries on March 11 at Minnesota, though Durant played one more game, March 14, before receiving a diagnosis. Durant missed the last three games, Thompson the last four.

Green sustained a pelvic contusion Monday night at San Antonio, but believes he will be available this weekend, either Friday against Atlanta or Sunday against Utah.

Curry, though, is fully cleared for all activities.

“Steph looks great,” Kerr said. “He’s chomping at the bit. But we’ll see how he responds in the next couple days before we decide whether he plays or not.”

Durant loathes acknowledging pain or injuries, and his return will be dictated by his ability with withstanding the contact inevitable in the course of a game.

“I don’t expect KD to play this week,” Kerr said. “It’s not like a timetable . . . just sort of a feel thing. It’s symptomatic with him.”

Thompson seems, at this point, the furthest away from full activity.

“Klay did some stuff," Kerr said, “but not full participation.”