Warriors guard McCaw requests temporary G-League demotion


Warriors guard McCaw requests temporary G-League demotion

OAKLAND -- After meeting last week with his father, Jeff McCaw, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr, second-year guard Pat McCaw requested a temporary demotion.

He’s leaving the NBA for a few days to spend some time with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

“I just asked if I could go down there and get some consistent run in, get up and down and get my conditioning right,” he said after practice Wednesday. “Just play.”

He’ll report to Santa Cruz on Friday.

While this move doesn’t prohibit the possibility of McCaw being included in a trade ahead of the deadline at noon Thursday, it would seem to diminish the likelihood.

“It’ll be great for him to get some shots,” Kerr said. “Most games, he only gets a couple shots up. And he plays limited minutes. It’s hard to emerge from a slump or a funk or whatever when you’re only getting a couple shots a game.

“Patrick’s been great defensively. He’s somebody I believe in and we believe in, as an organization. He’s got a bright future, but he needs to play more.”

After a solid rookie season during which he started 20 games, McCaw has struggled to earn minutes behind starters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. His field-goal percentage is similar, at 44 percent, but his 3-point shooting is declined from 33.3 percent to 24.6. Moreover, his efficiency rating of 8.6 is the lowest on the team.

The diminished effectiveness clearly has damaged McCaw’s confidence.

“I’m a big perfectionist guy; I don’t like making mistakes at all,” he said. “Having that on my shoulders as well as trying to go out there and make sure I’m doing the right thing, it’s kind of tough to play like that.”

McCaw’s minutes have fluctuated wildly, from a high of 28 to a couple DNP-CDs.

Kerr has expressed his hope that either Nick Young or McCaw seize the backup minutes at shooting guard. Young is making more an offensive impact, while McCaw has been better on defense, but neither has affirmed his role in the rotation.

Kerr concurred with McCaw’s suggestion.

“He was glad I brought it up,” McCaw said. “He kind of feels where I’m coming from. As a coach and as a player, that’s what you want to see. I was glad he kind of embraced it and liked the idea and now it gives me a better feel that he understands how I feel about it.”

Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut


Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut

OAKLAND -- Like much of the NBA and everyone with an interest in the Warriors, Omri Casspi has watched the emergence of Quinn Cook, who came out of the G-League and is making a strong bid to make the postseason roster.

Casspi, out since spraining his right ankle last Friday against Sacramento, happens to be at or near the top of the list of the tiny group of players that might be dropped should the Warriors decide to add Cook.

The 6-foot-9 veteran forward has heard the chatter.

“First of all, it’s you guys talking,” Casspi said, referring to media. “I don’t really feel it from the organization. At the end of the day, I’m focused on getting healthy and playing. That’s all I can control.

“I feel like the team needs me and know what I can do for the team. My focus is on getting healthy and playing.”

The Warriors have until April 11 to submit their playoff roster.

Casspi’s roster spot is in danger for three reasons.

One, he has lost confidence in his long-distance shooting, which was influential in the team’s decision to sign him to a one-year minimum contract last July.

Two, his defense has been a glaring weakness, with teams attacking him at every opportunity.

Three, he had fallen out of the rotation when the team was fully healthy and didn’t return until after succession of injuries. Casspi exceeded 10 minutes of playing time in only one of the 12 games before injuries to several teammates became a factor.

Stephen Curry’s ankle woes this season, along with Cook’s impressive play, are making a persuasive argument for adding the third-year point guard.

For now, Casspi is determined to get back on court after missing the last two games.

“With my role on this team, when I’m healthy I want to go out there and play, maybe not 100 percent healthy, but close to it,” he said. “That’s what I’m focused on, on feeling good and running up and down and being able to cut and move and be out there again with the guys.”

As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay


As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all worked up sweat Wednesday, putting the Warriors ever closer to being whole again.

Only Draymond Green did not full participate in the non-contact practice session, but he’s expected back in a matter of days.

So while the Warriors are a little more than a week away from possibly having the full squad available, they’re starting to feel a little less vulnerable.

“They’re all kind of day-to-day,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is closer to playing than KD and Klay.”

Curry has not played since March 8, when he tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle. He missed the last six games. Durant (rib cartilage injury) and Thompson (right thumb sprain) sustained their injuries on March 11 at Minnesota, though Durant played one more game, March 14, before receiving a diagnosis. Durant missed the last three games, Thompson the last four.

Green sustained a pelvic contusion Monday night at San Antonio, but believes he will be available this weekend, either Friday against Atlanta or Sunday against Utah.

Curry, though, is fully cleared for all activities.

“Steph looks great,” Kerr said. “He’s chomping at the bit. But we’ll see how he responds in the next couple days before we decide whether he plays or not.”

Durant loathes acknowledging pain or injuries, and his return will be dictated by his ability with withstanding the contact inevitable in the course of a game.

“I don’t expect KD to play this week,” Kerr said. “It’s not like a timetable . . . just sort of a feel thing. It’s symptomatic with him.”

Thompson seems, at this point, the furthest away from full activity.

“Klay did some stuff," Kerr said, “but not full participation.”