Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors hold off T'Wolves


Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors hold off T'Wolves


Warriors 106, Timberwolves 98Player of the game: Warriors rookie forward Harrison Barnes had 18 points and nine rebounds, nice numbers indeed. Barnes also converted a big-time drive with 1:45 remaining in the game to give the Warriors a 100-902 lead.Key stretch: Alexey Shved and Luke Ridnour knocked home back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the third quarter to pull the Timberwolves to within 65-60.But Golden State finished the quarter on a 17-9 run to close out the period up 82-69, giving it control of the game.The Timberwolves would make a fourth-quarter run but get no closer than 92-89 inside of four minutes.
Second effort: The Warriors seemed to be headed toward trouble midway through the second quarter, getting down 44-32. But Golden State -- behind Carl Landry and David Lee -- finished the half on a 21-6 run to head into intermission up 53-50.Inside trouble: Its no secret the Warriors sometimes struggle with athleticism on the interior, and that was the case early on Friday night.Derrick Williams, who entered the game shooting 32.4 percent from the field, got off early and put Lee on the defensive. Williams had 13 first-quarter points, going 4-for-6 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the foul line. In the process, Williams sent Lee to the bench with two fouls just seven minutes into to the game.Thompson ill: Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson had an other poor shooting night -- going 5-for-14 from the floor, including 1-for-6 from 3-point range -- but he might have had an excuse.Thompson was unavailable for much of the second half, with the Warriors saying he was ill.Injuries galore: To say that these were two teams that werent exactly at full strength would be a understatement. Though the Timberwolves injuries make Golden State look healthy.The Timberwolves played without four starters -- Ricky Rubio, Brandon Roy, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic -- and two substitutes -- J.J. Barea and Chase Budinger.The Warriors were without Andrew Bogut and Brandon Rush.

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...