Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 107, Suns 92


Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 107, Suns 92


OAKLAND The Warriors completed their preseason on Tuesday night, but there remain unknowns about what will happen when the team starts to play for real.With their 107-92 victory over the Suns at Oracle, the Warriors finished the preseason with a 6-2 record. Those are nice numbers, but who knows what they mean?The Warriors are still a very difficult team to gauge because they played all of the preseason without Andrew Bogut and some of it without point guard Stephen Curry.And the two questions that were asked before the start of training camp are still being asked: When will Bogut play and can Curry stay healthy?We still dont know the answers to those questions.What we do know, however, is coach Mark Jackson will rely heavily on David Lee and Klay Thompson just like he did during all of the preseason.Lee had 16 points and five rebounds, and Thompson finished with 12 points, three rebounds and three assists against the Suns. Neither of those players logged as many minutes as they have been averaging in the preseason, but then again, the Warriors open the regular season against the Suns on Oct. 31. No sense in letting them in on all things Warriors.If theres one thing the Warriors figure to rely on this season, its their depth. On Tuesday, the Warriors got contributions from Carl Landry (13 points), Harrison Barnes (16 points) and Jarrett Jack (13 points, nine assists).Now, you throw in a healthy Curry and Bogut, and the Warriors very well might have something. Without those two players, who really knows what you have?For the win: The Warriors 6-2 record would match their highest number of wins in a preseason since they went 6-1 in 2006. Warriors coach Mark Jackson made it clear from Day 1 of training camp that he was going to try to win as many games as possible because he believed it was important for changing the culture.The real test is whether the Warriors can string wins together in the regular season, of course.No Bogut: The goal for center Andrew Bogut was to play a preseason game or two and then be ready to go by the regular-season opener on Oct. 31 against Phoenix.Well, scrap the preseason game or two now well see about the opener.Bogut, who fractured his left ankle in January and only played 12 games last season, is still not 100 percent, according to Jackson. And for now, the Warriors will move forward without him.My mindset is to prepare this team and let the chips fall where they may, Jackson said. I really like how hard he has been working. Were listening to the doctors, were listening to the training staff and were listening to his body as well.The important thing now is to understand that we need him for the long haul and we dont want him on the floor until hes 100 percent. To his credit, its not because hes not working.

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.

[POOLE: Unprompted remarks about wildfires show Klay isn't who you thought he was]

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.