Warriors-Clippers: What to watch for


Warriors-Clippers: What to watch for

What a difference a couple of days make. The Warriors werefeeling pretty good about their season-opening win against the Suns onWednesday a road victory despite Stephen Curry and David Lee not shootingwell but then came the home opener against Memphis on Friday.The Grizzlies beat the Warriors 94-84, and in the process,Golden State likely lost reserve forward Brandon Rush for an extended periodwith a left knee injury.The Warriors will try to pick up the pieces on Saturday nightin Los Angeles against the Clippers. Here are some things to watchfor:The center void: Center Andrew Bogut, whofractured his left ankle in January, is not expected to play in the second gameof back-to-backs for the next few weeks, at least.That means hell sit out Saturdays game, which will put theWarriors in a little bit of a tough spot against a Clippers front-line that isbig and athletic. Both DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are tough matchups onthe interior for Golden State. Warriors coach Mark Jackson said both FestusEzeli and Andris Biedrins will likely play, and both of them will have theirhands full.Stakes raised for Barnes: With Rushexpected to miss significant time, it puts a little more pressure on rookieHarrison Barnes at small forward. Rush was a very nice safety net for Barnes,who has just two games under his belt.RATTO: Does Warriors home opener forecast doom?
Jackson will likely continue to start Barnes, but dont besurprised if we see more Klay Thompson at small forward, playing alongsideStephen Curry and Jarrett Jack.Defending Paul: Clippers point guardChris Paul is one of the most difficult point guards in the league to defend. Hesgot a consistent jump shot and one of the quickest first steps in thegame.Curry will likely get the first crack at Paul, but dont besurprised if Jack finds himself on Paul for a good chunk of the game.

Klay Thompson randomly interviewed on local NYC news about scaffolding


Klay Thompson randomly interviewed on local NYC news about scaffolding

With a big break until their next game, the Warriors spent a couple days in New York City.

Klay Thompson spent part of his Monday walking around the city.

And as only Thompson could, he wound up appearing on a local news report. But he wasn't talking about basketball. Not even close.

Courtesy of Twitter user @MP_Trey, Thompson was interviewed on Fox 5 NY to talk about ... scaffolding.

"I usually observe if the piping and stuff is new. Sometimes, you know, something looks like it's been there a while, I try to avoid that," Thompson said in the report.

You can watch the odd video here:

The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'


The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

Remember when Mark Jackson was the head coach of the Warriors?

During a recent conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Warriors GM Bob Myers shared the following story:

"I made a mistake with Mark one time -- after a game we lost, I went up to him right after we lost and asked him -- I think Curry had been having a big game and he ran a play for Carl Landry to take a shot to win the game; and it was a good play and it was a good shot.

"And I went up to Mark and I went, 'Did you think about Curry?' And he looked at me, and you could tell he was kind of containing himself, and he said, 'It was a good play. It was a good play.' And I look at him and I thought, 'I will never do that again.' If I don't trust the decisions the coach makes, then he's not the right coach.

"The coach gets to decide, right? I learned that lesson with Mark that I was completely out of line in asking him. And I apologized, and I'll never forget that lesson that I learned for myself ... I was wrong. And I learned that. So you learn more from mistakes sometimes. I don't do the debriefing with my coach after the game. Win or lose."

The Warriors fired Jackson a couple days after dropping Game 7 to the Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs.

Myers was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller