Steinmetz: Warriors Preseason Player Analysis -- Game 2


Steinmetz: Warriors Preseason Player Analysis -- Game 2


OAKLAND -- Let's take a look down the roster after the Warriors' 95-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night in an exhibition game at Oracle Arena:Stephen Curry: It was a solid outing by Curry - 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes. Curry's assist total was a little low because Monta Ellis did a lot of handling of the ball.Monta Ellis: Ellis seemed to be playing more of his game than he did on Friday night. What that means is he made himself a factor even though he didn't shoot the ball particularly well (5-for-13). At times, Ellis' quickness on defense bothered Tyreke Evans.Dorell Wright: At this point, you'd have to say Wright is the Warriors' best all-around player. He had his second straight game where he filled up a few boxscore columns: 13 points, four rebounds and four assists.David Lee: It was a tale of two halves for Lee. In the first half, Lee took just two shots in 17 minutes. But Lee had a big third quarter, scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds, helping lead the Warriors to a 16-point lead after three periods.Andris Biedrins: Biedrins got into early foul trouble, picking up three personals in 10 minutes. He wound up making little impact in his 16 minutes.Vernon Goodridge: Goodridge played five minutes and even converted a feed for a layup. But once Jeff Adrien got into the game Goodridge's night was done.Vladimir Radmanovic: Radmanovic played just nine minutes and scored four points.Jeff Adrien: He made an impact on the interior, no doubt, and might have been the most effective player on the floor. Adrien had 11 points, 15 rebounds and a block in 22 minutes.Charlie Bell: He made only one of seven shots in 18 minutes.Reggie Williams: Williams wasn't his explosive self off the bench on Sunday. He went only 2-of-7 from the field in 17 minutes.Aaron Miles: He played 12 solid minutes as the backup point guard and did his usual thing: Play stead and not turn the ball over.Brandan Wright: It was not a good night for Wright. He didn't play in the first half, then was inserted late in the third quarter. But after Wright missed a chippie and threw a bad pass, coach Keith Smart removed him after two minutes. Wright got back into the game but made little impact.Jeremy Lin: He played just one minute in the fourth quarter, and then Keith Smart removed him after a pair of turnovers.Dan Gadzuric: Did not play because of coach's decision.Lou Amundson: Did not play because of lower back stiffness.Ekpe Udoh: Did not play because of a left wrist injury.Rodney Carney: Did not play because of a right hip contusion.

Young Warriors fan brought to tears after getting surprised with tickets


Young Warriors fan brought to tears after getting surprised with tickets

Christmas came early for one young Warriors fan. 

Posting a video to Twitter, Charles Hinkle Jr. surprised his nephew with Warriors tickets on Friday. Hinkle's Twitter location shows the family is from Hollywood, Fla.

The reaction says it all. 

And the smile confirms it: best Black Friday ever.

The Warriors play the Heat in Miami on December 3 at 4 p.m. PT. The Warriors played the Heat twice last season. They won their first contest in Oakland and then later fell in Miami.


As if this young fan's day was already perfect, Steph Curry will be a part of his Warriors experience in Miami.

Gameday: Two Warriors All-Stars out for Friday's game vs Bulls


Gameday: Two Warriors All-Stars out for Friday's game vs Bulls

The Warriors will be without their starting forwards Friday night when they return to Oracle Arena not only to face the struggling Chicago Bulls but also in search of good habits.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.

Kevin Durant is out with a sprained ankle and Draymond Green will be resting.

The Warriors (13-5) are coming off a 2-2 road trip during which they blew a 17-point third-quarter lead in one of the losses and had to overcome a 24-point third-quarter deficit to earn one of the victories.

The rebuilding Bulls (3-13) are concluding a four-game swing through the Western Conference, having lost the first three games by an average of 15.7 points.


Warriors by 15.5


Omri Casspi & Co. vs. Lauri Markkanen: Markkanen has been one of the few bright spots for the Bulls this season. The 7-foot rookie from Arizona shares the team lead in scoring at 14.6 points per game, while leading in rebounds at 8.3 per game. The only Chicago rookies to score more points in their first 16 games are Michael Jordan, Derrick Rose and Elton Brand. With Green and Durant out, the task of defending Markkanen falls to Casspi, who will start at one forward, with rookie Jordan Bell also taking a few turns.


Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L ankle sprain) and F Draymond Green (rest) are listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Bulls: G Zach LaVine (L ACL rehab), F Nikola Mirotic (facial fractures), G David Nwaba (R ankle sprain) and G Cameron Payne (R foot surgery) are listed as out.


Warriors: 8-2. Bulls: 2-8.


Bennie Adams (lead), Mark Ayotte and JT Orr.


The teams split the two-game series last season, each winning on its home court. The Warriors have won five of the last eight overall and 14 of the last 18 in Oakland.


THE INTENSITY METER: The Warriors believe, justifiably, that their biggest worry is about themselves. When they’re properly focused, they are the best team in the NBA. When they are not, they are susceptible to most any quality team. Insofar as Chicago doesn’t appear pose an explicit challenge, the Warriors must not only manufacture intensity but also maintain it.

KEEP ‘EM OFF THE LINE: The Bulls are dead last in the NBA in offensive rating (94.4), field-goal percentage (41.0), field goals made per game (35.7). The one thing they do well is shoot free throws, which they shoot at a league-leading 92.9 percent. The Warriors can be prone to fouls (only eight teams commit more), so they’ll have to play it smart against this opponent.

THE BENCH BUNCH: With Durant and Green out, along with this being the second game of a four-games-in-six-nights stretch, the Warriors will have to lean on their bench, which has been quite good. Its 54-percent shooting leads the league, as is its 4.2 blocks per game. The net rating 10.2 is second in the NBA.