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Steinmetz: Americans Need True PG

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Steinmetz: Americans Need True PG

Aug. 30, 2010STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORSVIDEOKINGS PAGE KINGS VIDEO
Matt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com

OK, so this might be an overreaction to Team USA's extremely shaky 70-68 win over Brazil at the FIBA world championships on Monday. Then again, I don't think it is.Whether it's the remaining games of this tournament or when the Olympics roll around in two years, the U.S. is going to need a lot better point guard play than it got on Monday.Problem is, the only way to do that is to get another real point guard or two on the roster. More specifically, Deron Williams andor Chris Paul better be on that 2012 Olympic team that competes in London.Chauncey Billups was the only U.S. player out there doing point guard things against Brazil, and his poise, leadership and decision-making will always be needed on any U.S. team.But he'll be almost 36 when the Olympics roll around in two years. With all due respect to Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook, they're not well-suited to run the point for a Team USA. That job should go to true point guards - players who long ago earned the universal respect of the league's great players.It's not that Rose and Westbrook aren't destined for stardom. Heck, they've embarked on that. It's just that they're not natural point guards, and when things get real touchy late in international games, there are many other guards you'd rather have.Whether Williams or Paul wants in come 2012 remains to be seen. But if they don't, the gold is no lock in London.What's yourtake? EmailMattand let him know. He may use it in his Mailbag.

NBA fines Curry and Iguodala for incident in Memphis

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NBA fines Curry and Iguodala for incident in Memphis

Programming note: Warriors-Mavs coverage starts today at 4:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Steph Curry owes the NBA some money.

The two-time MVP was fined $50,000 for throwing his mouthpiece near the end of Saturday night's game in Memphis, the league announced.

He won't be suspended.

Andre Iguodala was fined $15,000 for verbally abusing a game official.

"I want to play tonight. Don't think a suspension is necessary," Curry said following shootaround on Monday. "I'm pretty sure based on the precedent that was set last time I threw my mouthpiece, there'll be a fine.

"The timing is getting a little tight thinking about preparing for tonight, but just gotta wait and see."

Curry was fined $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece during Game 6 of the 2016 Finals.

He did not need to rewatch the incident from Saturday to know he was in the wrong.

"In the grand scheme of things, it's Game 3, we were playing terrible," Curry explained on Monday. "I was frustrated because I was fouling, I thought I got fouled on the last play and the reaction was definitely a little over the top.

"Stuff happens. Try to continue to be myself, show some fire, but do it in a way that doesn't take away from the team and misrepresent who I am."

Kevin Durant -- who was also ejected from the game -- apparently won't receive any additional punishment.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gameday: Klay aims for sole possession of longest active 3-point streak

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Gameday: Klay aims for sole possession of longest active 3-point streak

Programming note: Warriors-Mavs coverage starts today at 4:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

As anxieties swirl about the Warriors in the wake of a 1-2 start, the defending champions will try to quiet outside concerns Monday when they meet the Mavericks at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The sound of soft alarms is a response to this season being the first time since 2009-10 that the Warriors opened by losing two of their first three games.

The Mavericks (0-3) are beyond their glory days -- they missed the playoffs season for only the second time in the past 17 years -- they are not yet in full rebuild, as 39-year-old Dirk Nowitzki remains in the starting lineup.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 12

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Kevin Durant/Draymond Green vs. Harrison Barnes: The Mavs signed Barnes to a four-year deal worth $94 million to be one of their building blocks for the future. He led them in scoring (19.2 per game) last season, his first in Dallas. The Barnes departure from the Warriors opened the door to Durant, who became the NBA Finals MVP. Both Durant and Green have chances at Barnes. The Warriors took Barnes and Green in the same 2012 draft, and Green will never forget he was taken 28 picks later. It is safe to presume Barnes will have to work for everything he gets.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle sprain) is listed as probable but is expected to be available.

Mavericks: G Devin Harris (personal reasons) and G Dennis Smith (L knee swelling) are listed as questionable. G Seth Curry (L tibial stress fracture) and F Josh McRoberts (R knee soreness) are listed as out.

RECENT SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors swept the three-game series last season, have won the last seven meetings and 13 of the last 14.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

EARLY D: After losing to the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday, several Warriors expressed dissatisfaction with their early-game defensive intensity. They’ve faced double-digit deficits in the first half of their last two games, though they were able to come back and win in New Orleans. They probably could get away with it in Dallas, but it’s an unhealthy habit.

SMALL ON SMALL: Though the Warriors utilize small lineups for significant portions of games, the Mavericks go small for most of every game. That’s a product of starting former Nowitzki at center and generally subbing him with young power forwards Nerlens Noel and Dwight Powell. In question is whether Warriors quickness can take control despite the length of the Mavericks.

STREAKING KLAY: A 3-pointer in Monday would give Klay Thompson the 58th consecutive game he has made at least one triple and would give him the longest active streak. He currently is tied with injured Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas, each with 57 games in a row.

QUOTABLE

“I want to play tonight. I don’t think a suspension is necessary. I’m pretty sure, based on the precedent that was set the last time I threw a mouthpiece, there would be a fine. But I hope to be out there playing tonight.” --Warriors G Stephen Curry on the possibility of NBA-dictated discipline after throwing his mouthpiece in the loss to the Grizzlies.