Steinmetz: Don't jump at Lee's impact


Steinmetz: Don't jump at Lee's impact


This is a stat that's getting a lot of play right now: The Warriors are 7-2 with David Lee and 1-7 when David Lee doesn't play.That's a great stat, no doubt. But get back to me in two weeks and let me know how those numbers are doing.Look, there's no doubt the Warriors are better with Lee, but touting a stat like that is asking for trouble because it implies that the Golden State with Lee is a very good team.And it's too soon for that. The Warriors have accumulated a bunch of their wins - with Lee healthy - against very favorable competition. And they lost seven of eight without Lee against a mixed bag of opponents.The real test comes now: Lee is healthy, and the big boys lie in wait, beginning Tuesday against the Spurs. After that, the Warriors play Phoenix, at Oklahoma City, at Dallas, at San Antonio, vs. Miami and at Utah.Put it this way, there's a good chance the Warriors' record with Lee drops to about 7-7 in the pretty near future.--There's no change when it comes to Brandan Wright's lower back strain. Wright was at Warriors' practice on Monday but didn't participate. He is still listed as "out," and no timetable for his return has been established.Wright declined interview requests on Monday. --Several Warriors stuck around long after practice on Monday but not to work out. Jeremy Lin and Jeff Adrien, among others, participated in a media training session with Bob Fitzgerald, the team's play-by-play man.--Don't tell Dorell Wright that David Lee doesn't help. How about this for a statistic - Wright is shooting 57 percent from 3-point range when Lee plays, 19 percent when Lee isn't playing.Said Wright: "That's crazy. He's just another threat. Three threats out there with him, Monta (Ellis), Stephen (Curry). You've got to pay attention to David because when he gets around the basket, he can finish with both hands. He's unselfish so you have to guard him more than one way. He just makes it a lot easier for me.
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Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts


Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

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Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

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

Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins


Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.

History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.


Warriors by 8.5


Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.


Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.


The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.


THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?

DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.

ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.