OAKLAND -- The Warriors return to Oracle Arena for the first time since winning the NBA Finals last June 12 on Saturday, when they open their abbreviated four-game preseason schedule against the Denver Nuggets.
Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
It’s Draymond Green Bobblehead night, with the first 10,000 fans receiving a limited edition bobblehead. In addition, the Warriors forward will receive his Defensive Player of the Year trophy in a pregame ceremony.
Coach Steve Kerr said Friday that he plans no changes to the starting lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia.
Warriors by 8.5
Nuggets: G Jameer Nelson (toe) is listed as out.
Warriors: F Omir Casspi (personal, Yom Kippur) is listed as out.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
THE NEW GUYS: Both teams have added veteran players. Though Casspi is out, this will be the first look at veteran guard Nick Young and rookie forward Jordan Bell in a Warriors jersey. Young likely will get more playing time.
The Nuggets added All-Star forward Paul Millsap.
GENERAL CONDITIONING: The Warriors have had five training-camp sessions, Denver four. Expect to see a few players on both teams looking winded, bent over and grabbing at their shorts.
KLAY THOMPSON: The All-Star shooting guard performed below his offensive standard for most of the postseason but has drawn raves in camp for his conditioning and movement off the ball.
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for the first eight games for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice.
Mirotic suffered multiple broken bones in his face as well as a concussion on Tuesday. He will likely need surgery and is out indefinitely.
The team announced the suspension on Wednesday. Chicago opens the season at Toronto on Thursday.
A 2015 first-round pick, Portis has averaged 6.9 points and 5 rebounds. He will be allowed to practice with the team while he is suspended.
Mirotic averaged 10.8 points over his first three seasons with Chicago. A restricted free agent, he signed a two-year contract that could pay as much as $27 million in September. The club holds an option on the second season.
OAKLAND -- The Warriors hired Nick Young to bounce off the bench and enter games firing 3-pointers, with the belief that plenty will go through the hoop.
Young in his Warriors debut Tuesday night granted his new team’s best wish.
“Nick was great,” coach Steve Kerr said after a 122-121 loss to the Rockets at Oracle Arena. “I was thrilled with his play. That’s what we brought him here for. Great shooter and he gave us great minutes tonight.”
Young led the Warriors in scoring, pouring 23 points in 26 minutes off the bench. The veteran guard shot 8-of-9 from the floor and, moreover, was 6-of-7 from beyond the arc. The six triples are a record for a Warriors player making his debut.
“It’s a great thing when you’ve got teammates telling you to shoot the ball and having that much confidence in you,” Young said.
The USC product is on his fifth NBA team and hoping for a season of revival, to change the narrative without totally sacrificing his “Swagy P” persona.
Young is 32 years old, in his 10th year and only once since his rookie season in Washington (2007-08) was he on a playoff team. That was in 2011-12 with the Clippers, where he was a late-season acquisition.
His career, up to this point, has been defined mostly by goofy moments on the court and his former relationship with the Australian rap artist Iggy Azalea, the two maintaining a high-profile courtship during most of Young’s four years with the Lakers.
The idea is to change that, to make Young better known for being a key component of a winning team. He’s off to a good start, even if the Warriors failed to gain the win.