Rockets-Warriors: What to watch for


Rockets-Warriors: What to watch for

The Warriors are coming off a nice road win against Denveron Thursday and now they will try to build on it with three home games,including a back-to-back set against Houston and Phoenix.The Rockets, under new coach Kevin McHale, have battled backafter a tough start and are now 16-11.They dont have any stars, per se, but they have solidstarters and a deep bench. Here are some things to watch for during theRockets-Warriors game Sunday night at Oracle:Keep Houston off the line: In the teamsfour games last season, the Rockets shot 172 free throws, which averages to 43free throws per game. Simply put, the Warriors have to do a better job againstKevin Martin, who took 51 free throws in four games, and Luis Scola, who took41 free throws in four games.
Martin is one of the best in the league at drawing contact,and Scola over the years has outworked the Warriors on theinterior.Curry vs. Lowry: Warriors point guardStephen Curry is coming off his best game of the season against the Nuggets.Curry had 36 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.Kyle Lowry has had his best season as a professional forHouston, averaging 14.7 points, 7.6 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game. The onearea where Lowry has struggled has been with field goal percentage. Hesshooting just 40.5 percent from the floor, and the Warriors best chance forsuccess Sunday would be to make Lowry a volume shooter.Rebound better: The Warriors have been aninconsistent rebounding team all season, which has a lot to do with theup-and-down play of center Andris Biedrins.When Biedrins is engaged and rebounding, the Warriors are abetter team. When hes not, Golden State tends to lose the rebounding game.With Samuel Dalembert, Scola, Chandler Parsons and Jordan Hill, the Rocketsarent afraid to bang on the interior.The Warriors will need to match Houstons size andphysicality.Keep making 3s: The Warriors have turnedinto one of the leagues best 3-point shooting teams, ranking third in thatcategory. Theyve got all kinds of threats from beyond the arc, includingCurry, Dorell Wright, Brandon Rush and Klay Thompson.When the Warriors are knocking down their 3s like they didagainst Denver (13-of-25) theyre a much more difficult team tobeat.

Kerr dreams of world with quiet Trump and LaVar Ball: 'Wouldn't that be great?'


Kerr dreams of world with quiet Trump and LaVar Ball: 'Wouldn't that be great?'

In the real world, the President of the United States Donald Trump started a Twitter feud with LaVar Ball on Sunday. 

Trump believes he should have left three college athletes, including Ball's son LiAngelo, in a Chinese jail for shoplifting. In return, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wants the two to simply stop talking.

"It would be nice for all of us if both of them would just be quiet," Kerr said to reporters at the Barclays Center. "Wouldn't that be great?"

Coach Kerr on LaVar/Trump beef: “It would be nice for all of us if both of them would just be quiet.”

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"Modern life. Two people seeking attention and are both getting it, so I'm sure both guys are really happy," Kerr initially said when first asked about the two. 

Unprompted, Kerr then asked reporters for a request to help us all. 

"You know what would help, if all of you stopped covering both of them," Kerr pleaded. "Is that possible? You can probably stop covering LaVar. I don't think you can stop covering the President. I don't think that'll work." 

Ex-Warriors All-Star David Lee announces his retirement from the NBA


Ex-Warriors All-Star David Lee announces his retirement from the NBA

In the span of about 16 days, David Lee has made a lot of changes to his life.

On Nov. 3, he announced that he got engaged to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

On Sunday, the former Warriors All-Star forward announced his retirement from the NBA with a post on Instagram.

"An epic night celebrating my retirement with my friends and family! Thank you to my amazing fiancée @carowozniacki for planning the surprise!" Lee wrote as the caption for a photo of him with all his friends.

Former teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were among those that "Liked" the posted. Curry even left a comment.

"They'll still always have trouble with the pitch and follow man Man! Congrats," Curry wrote.

Acquired in July of 2009 from the Knicks, Lee played five seasons with the Warriors. During his time in Oakland, he averaged 16.7 points and 9.6 rebounds.

Lee was named to the Western Conference All-Star team during the 2012-13 season. He averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game that season.

The 34-year-old capped off his tenure with the Warriors by winning an NBA championship in 2015. After the playoff run, the Warriors traded Lee to Boston. He spent last season with the Spurs and appeared in 79 games.