The Warriors (4-0) remain undefeated in Summer League play after Fridays 66-57 victory over the Chicago Bulls (0-3). The win was due in large part to the play of Warriors top pick Harrison Barnes who led the team with 20 points and shot 7-of-16 from the floor.
Tied for second with 11 points for Golden State were Charles Jenkins and Kent Bazemore. Bazemore also had an impressive seven blocked shots and eight rebounds, helping to secure the win.
Coming into Fridays game, the Warriors were victors in their first three contests, and have a chance at a perfect Summer League record with only one game remaining. The Bulls on the other hand are still looking for a win in the NBA Summer League.
It was the Warriors stifling defense that denied Chicago their first win. The Bulls were limited to just 25 percent shooting from the floor and converted on only 1-of-11 three-point attempts.
On the brighter side for the Bulls, forward Malcolm Thomas, who spent last season with the San Antonio Spurs, managed to record a double-double with 16 rebounds and 12 points. Guard Marquis Teague out of the University of Kentucky also scored 12 points and had a team high two steals.
The Warriors wrap up their Summer League schedule and look for a perfect 5-0 record Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against the New Orleans Hornets.
For his latest trick, Steve Kerr brought out a deck of cards Friday night in Oakland.
With Kevin Durant and Draymond Green out against the Bulls, Kerr was ready to announce who would replace them. Get your phones ready reporters.
"You guys ready to tweet?" Kerr asked reporters. "We're gonna start Omri and Jordan Bell."
Kerr then began to shuffle his deck of cards and said, "As soon as you're down tweeting, we'll resume human contact. But in the meantime, stare at your phones, ignore me, I'm just practicing my shuffling."
Casspi, in his first year with the Warriors, is averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game through 15 games. The rookie Bell has played in 12 games and is averaging 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
Friday night is Bell's first career start.
Kerr's pregame prop list now includes a nail clipper, a Rubbik's cube, a slinky, and playing cards.
OAKLAND -- The massive task of replacing All-Star forwards Kevin Durant and Draymond Green in the Warriors lineup Friday night against the Bulls falls to veteran Omri Casspi and rookie Jordan Bell.
It’s the first career start for Bell, who was a healthy scratch in each of the last three games. He will be facing the team that drafted him last June specifically to sell his rights to the Warriors for $3.5 million.
“I’ve been wanting to get him active and play him anyway,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said prior to tipoff. “But with Draymond out, to me, it’s a pretty easy choice.”
Bell indicated he would not be particularly motivated against the team that drafted him, adding that he won’t be seeking any sort of vindication.
“They made it clear that they didn’t want me, so I don’t take it to heart,” Bell said after shootaround Friday morning. “They didn’t draft me and sell me. They just drafted me for the Warriors.”
Though Durant is out to rest his left ankle, sprained last Saturday in Philadelphia, Green simply has been given the night off. Kerr indicated there will be other occasions for which he will rest Green.
Durant missed only one game last week but returned Wednesday at Oklahoma City. His ankle did not respond well in the wake of that game, so he gets another day off.
Casspi replaced Durant in the starting lineup last Sunday at Brooklyn, producing 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks over 23 minutes.
This is the first absence of the season for Green. It won’t be the last, as Kerr plans to rest all starters at various points of the season.