Steinmetz: Kings Preseason Player Analysis -- Game 3


Steinmetz: Kings Preseason Player Analysis -- Game 3


OAKLAND -- Let's take a look down the roster after the Kings' 95-86 loss to the Warriors on Sunday night in an exhibition game at Oracle Arena:Tyreke Evans: How should we put this? Evans didn't look that into it, picking up three fouls in the game's first four minutes. He wound up playing 21 minutes, but had just nine points and five turnovers.Francisco Garcia: Garcia was one of the best Kings on the floor - 14 points on 4-for-7 from the field to go along with nine rebounds and four assists.Antoine Wright: He started at small forward, but didn't do much with his 21 minutes. Wright went 2-for-7 from the field and didn't grab a rebound or hand out an assist.Jason Thompson: Call it a nondescript night for Thompson: nine points on 3-for-12 shooting in 34 minutes. Early in the fourth quarter, Thompson appeared to tweak his left ankle but stayed in the game.DeMarcus Cousins: He's a handful, no doubt about it. Big, skilled and athletic, Cousins is going to be a factor at times - even as a rookie. Cousins had 17 points and 11 rebounds but fouled out in 25 minutes.Pooh Jeter: He didn't make many shots, but Jeter seems to have the running-the-point thing down pretty good. He's got a good chance to be Beno Udrih's backup.Luther Head: He gave the Kings a lift off the bench, and will likely play that role this season. Head finished with 13 points in 25 minutes.Darnell Jackson: If the Kings keep 15 players, Jackson might have a chance to stick. He had six points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes.Omri Casspi: He made up for his poor shooting night - 2-for-8 - by grabbing six rebounds and handing out four assists.Donte Greene: He played sparingly (15 minutes) and went scoreless.Connor Atchley: Atchley played the final minute of the game and missed his only shot.Joe Crawford: Did not play because of coach's decision.Marcus Landry: Did not play because of coach's decision.Carl Landry: Did not play because of an eye injury.Samuel Dalembert: Did not play because of a left adductor strain.Hassan Whiteside: Did not play because of a left patellar strain.Beno Udrih: did not play because of a sprained right shoulder.

With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell


With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

After getting a rude “Welcome to the NBA” facial from Rockets guard Eric Gordon in his debut Tuesday night, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell stands to get a more legitimate baptism Friday night in New Orleans.

That’s where Pelicans All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be waiting, eager to abuse the new guy.

With starting power forward Draymond Green listed as doubtful with a strained left knee -- MRI test results were negative -- Bell can expect significant minutes when the Warriors and Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.

Aware Green’s availability is in question, Bell sees what’s ahead in Davis and Cousins, as they both possess skills that rank among the top five big men.

“I’m definitely excited about that,” Bell said Wednesday. “(They are) some of the best bigs in the league, so I’m definitely excited to get tested against that.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr generally avoids tinkering with his set rotations, in which case David West and JaVale McGee would continue to come off the bench at center. Of the other “bigs” on the roster, Bell is most likely to start if Green is unable.

Bell played 12 minutes in the opener, and they were in slots that typically go to McGee, who never left the bench against Houston. Citing the matchups created by the Rockets’ smallish lineups, Kerr opted for the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Bell over the 7-foot, 270-pound McGee.

That will change Friday, regardless of Green’s status, as both Bell and McGee will be needed against Davis and Cousins, both of whom possess wing spans over 7 feet. Only Bell is suited to play power forward or center, and the staff is coaching him at both positions.

“At the 4, I have to be more of a facilitator, like (Green) is,” Bell said. “Some plays (Kerr) has me doing the same things Draymond does. Sometimes he has me bring the ball up in practice. Calling plays, putting me in positions on the elbows to make the right pass, make the right read.

“When I’m at the 5, I have to be more of an aggressor, a more physical guy on the court, focusing on rebounding and finishing around the rim.”

It’s exceedingly rare for a second-round draft pick to start a game in his first week as an NBA player. The Warriors believe Bell can handle it. So in the case of Green being held out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rookie’s name is called.


Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI


Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

The Golden State Warriors and Dubnation have been holding their breath a bit awaiting the results of Draymond Green's MRI. 

They can breathe a little better now. 

According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative. 

Green left Tuesday's game against the Rockets one point shy of a triple double after 28 minutes of work. 

The Warriors were left in a defensive deficit in his absence and ultimatley lost to the Rockets 122-121. 

More to come...