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Warriors-Grizzlies: What to watch for

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Warriors-Grizzlies: What to watch for

The Warriors wrap up this brief two-game road trip with agame against the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday night. They are coming off ablowout loss to the OKC Thunder on Friday and theres not much solaceahead.The Warriors (11-16) return home for one game against theClippers (19-9) on Monday and then play their next six on the road, with fiveof them coming after the All-Star break next weekend.Here are some things to watch for when the Warriors play theGrizzlies Saturday night:Ellis right knee: Warriors shootingguard Monta Ellis tweaked his right knee late in the third quarter of Fridaysgame against the Thunder. He went to the locker room briefly, then returned tothe bench.
Had the game been closer, Ellis could have played in the fourthquarter, according to the Warriors. He appeared to be in good spirits when hereturned to the bench.Tough to see Ellis not giving it a go in Memphis, where hehas an offseason home, but the knee is also something to keep an eye on. And itwont help any Ellis will likely be defended a good portion of the time by TonyAllen, one of the leagues elite wing defenders.Currys game: Warriors point guardStephen Curry is in a four-game shooting slump. Since his monster 36-point gamein Denver (13-for-17 from the floor), Curry is shooting just 31.9 percent fromthe field (15-for-47). Curry went 4-for-13 in Fridays loss to the Thunder, andhe needed two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, after the outcome had beendetermined, to get there.If the Warriors expect to have any success during this roadstretch, Curry is going to have to play better. Against the Grizzlies, helldefend Mike Conley, and thats a matchup you need him to win.Combat Memphis size: The good news forthe Warriors is that Zach Randolph wont play because of injury, but the badnews is that the Grizzlies are still very big. So big, in fact, they list MarcGasol as the power forward when he plays along Marreese Speights.Both of those guys have size and width, and it will be up toAndris Biedrins, David Lee and Ekpe Udoh to figure out a way to contend withthem. If the Grizzlies size allows them to get second and third opportunities,its going to be difficult for the Warriors to win the game.

Draymond responds to Embiid: 'Man, I love that dude'

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Draymond responds to Embiid: 'Man, I love that dude'

Draymond Green and Joel Embiid are two of the biggest trash talkers in the NBA. 

After the 76ers blew a 22-point halftime lead to the Warriors on Saturday, Embiid tweeted "we know what it feels like to blow a big lead" to take a jab at the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals two years ago. 

Green finally saw the tweet and it looks like it's all fun and games between the two. The Warriors' defensive star says he's "looking forward to playing against you (Embiid) for years." 

While tweeting the response, Green had even more to say. 

In the Warriors' 124-116 win over the 76ers on November 18, Green scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished eight assists. Embiid scored 21 points to go with eight rebounds.

Why did David Lee retire? Warriors impact on NBA 'did limit my options'

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Why did David Lee retire? Warriors impact on NBA 'did limit my options'

Last season, David Lee appeared in 79 games (10 starts) for the Spurs, averaging 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds over 18.7 minutes a night.

He doesn't turn 35 years old until April 29.

But over the weekend, he officially announced his retirement from the NBA.

On Tuesday, the two-time All-Star explained his decision during an interview with Greg Papa and Bonta Hill on 95.7 The Game.

"I kind of had a little bit more of a strict criteria coming into this offseason. At the most I wanted to play another two years, and as you know -- I had another injury last season, so a lot of the summer was spent rehabbing.

"And with the NBA changing right now, the Warriors have caused a lot of teams in the league to say either we're gonna try to put as many guys on one team as possible to try to compete with the Warriors, or we're gonna go super young. So it did limit my options."

[POOLE: In his own way, David Lee was a launching pad for the new age Warriors]

You know the story: When Steve Kerr arrived in Golden State, Lee was slated to be the team's starting power forward. But after he injured his hamstring during the preseason, Draymond Green became the starter and Lee never got his starting role back.

In July 2015, Golden State traded him to Boston. Lee was waived in February 2016 and finished the season in Dallas.

So what is Lee going to do next?

"I either wanted to be in a situation where I was on a team that could be a contender -- which once again as you know limits it to maybe six teams if we're being generous -- or a team where I could play significant enough minutes to really be worth coming back and to feel like I was doing something meaningful.

"And while I had a couple opportunities, that criteria wasn't really filled. And at the same time, I actually got a call from a couple of my very good friends that I met while I was a Golden State Warrior -- that run an unbelievable venture capital firm and are doing incredible things in the Bay -- and offered to have me come work for them and have some very exciting things that could happen in the future.

"When the offers didn't come in the way that I wanted them to -- although I could go be someone's fourth big man on a team that's gonna win 30 games -- I decided to roll the dice and to try something new and I'm really excited about my decision."

Lee's new venture will have him flying back and forth between New York and the Bay Area.

So it's quite possible that Warriors fans will bump into Lee at some point soon...

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