Warriors-Jazz: What to watch for


Warriors-Jazz: What to watch for

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For the first time since Monta Ellis was traded, theWarriors looked despondent and dispassionate in their play. There were blownout by the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, a game they were never reallyin.Afterwards, Warriors coach Mark Jackson called the Warriorsperformance embarrassing and insured the team would rebound Saturday nightagainst the Jazz in Utah.For Warriors players, it seems to be sinking in that withoutEllis and Ekpe Udoh also included in the trade and the injured Stephen Currythat wins are going to be difficult to come by. The bottom line is the Warriorshave 25 games remaining and they have to find something to play for.It seems apparent that making the playoffs is a farfetchednotion, and the players and coach appear to be realizing that. Here are somethings to watch for during Saturdays Warriors-Jazz game.Effort level: It was clear after theWarriors loss to Milwaukee that Jackson wasnt pleased at all with the teamsenergy and effort. But Friday was not the first time Jackson has called histeams effort embarrassing.In fact, its happened about a half-dozen times this season,which is getting to the point of too many.Its important that while the team waits for Andrew Bogutand Curry to return which might not be till next season that itcontinues to develop. Tough to see any advancement in that category againstMilwaukee.Klays play: Since been giving thestarting two-guard spot, rookie Klay Thompson has had a good game and a couplenot-so-good ones. Thompson has begun to get big minutes now that Ellis is gone,and its worth keeping an eye on how he handles it.Will he shoot the ball consistently well for the rest of theseason? Can he defend two guards and hold his own night in and night out? Is itrealistic to expect him to handle this heavy of a workload for the rest of the seasonand beyond?We should find out a lot of those answers in the final 25games of the season.Lees response: No player seemed moredisappointed with the Ellis trade than David Lee. Not only did it take away Leeshope to make his first postseason, but the loss of Udoh legitimately willaffect his game.Udoh was able to guard the opposing teams best interiorplayer much of the time and Udohs presence on defense was also beneficial toLee.Up until the trade, Lee had been having a nice season.Against the Bucks he had 22 points and nine rebounds, but it was lost becauseLuc Mbah a Moute and Drew Gooden still owned the interior.Lee is a professional, no doubt, but it will likely bedifficult for him to maintain the level of play he had established earlier thisseason now that the teams best player and starting point guard and center aregone.

NBA fines Curry and Iguodala for incident in Memphis


NBA fines Curry and Iguodala for incident in Memphis

Programming note: Warriors-Mavs coverage starts today at 4:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Steph Curry owes the NBA some money.

The two-time MVP was fined $50,000 for throwing his mouthpiece near the end of Saturday night's game in Memphis, the league announced.

He won't be suspended.

Andre Iguodala was fined $15,000 for verbally abusing a game official.

"I want to play tonight. Don't think a suspension is necessary," Curry said following shootaround on Monday. "I'm pretty sure based on the precedent that was set last time I threw my mouthpiece, there'll be a fine.

"The timing is getting a little tight thinking about preparing for tonight, but just gotta wait and see."

Curry was fined $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece during Game 6 of the 2016 Finals.

He did not need to rewatch the incident from Saturday to know he was in the wrong.

"In the grand scheme of things, it's Game 3, we were playing terrible," Curry explained on Monday. "I was frustrated because I was fouling, I thought I got fouled on the last play and the reaction was definitely a little over the top.

"Stuff happens. Try to continue to be myself, show some fire, but do it in a way that doesn't take away from the team and misrepresent who I am."

Kevin Durant -- who was also ejected from the game -- apparently won't receive any additional punishment.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gameday: Klay aims for sole possession of longest active 3-point streak


Gameday: Klay aims for sole possession of longest active 3-point streak

Programming note: Warriors-Mavs coverage starts today at 4:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

As anxieties swirl about the Warriors in the wake of a 1-2 start, the defending champions will try to quiet outside concerns Monday when they meet the Mavericks at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The sound of soft alarms is a response to this season being the first time since 2009-10 that the Warriors opened by losing two of their first three games.

The Mavericks (0-3) are beyond their glory days -- they missed the playoffs season for only the second time in the past 17 years -- they are not yet in full rebuild, as 39-year-old Dirk Nowitzki remains in the starting lineup.


Warriors by 12


Kevin Durant/Draymond Green vs. Harrison Barnes: The Mavs signed Barnes to a four-year deal worth $94 million to be one of their building blocks for the future. He led them in scoring (19.2 per game) last season, his first in Dallas. The Barnes departure from the Warriors opened the door to Durant, who became the NBA Finals MVP. Both Durant and Green have chances at Barnes. The Warriors took Barnes and Green in the same 2012 draft, and Green will never forget he was taken 28 picks later. It is safe to presume Barnes will have to work for everything he gets.


Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle sprain) is listed as probable but is expected to be available.

Mavericks: G Devin Harris (personal reasons) and G Dennis Smith (L knee swelling) are listed as questionable. G Seth Curry (L tibial stress fracture) and F Josh McRoberts (R knee soreness) are listed as out.


The Warriors swept the three-game series last season, have won the last seven meetings and 13 of the last 14.


EARLY D: After losing to the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday, several Warriors expressed dissatisfaction with their early-game defensive intensity. They’ve faced double-digit deficits in the first half of their last two games, though they were able to come back and win in New Orleans. They probably could get away with it in Dallas, but it’s an unhealthy habit.

SMALL ON SMALL: Though the Warriors utilize small lineups for significant portions of games, the Mavericks go small for most of every game. That’s a product of starting former Nowitzki at center and generally subbing him with young power forwards Nerlens Noel and Dwight Powell. In question is whether Warriors quickness can take control despite the length of the Mavericks.

STREAKING KLAY: A 3-pointer in Monday would give Klay Thompson the 58th consecutive game he has made at least one triple and would give him the longest active streak. He currently is tied with injured Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas, each with 57 games in a row.


“I want to play tonight. I don’t think a suspension is necessary. I’m pretty sure, based on the precedent that was set the last time I threw a mouthpiece, there would be a fine. But I hope to be out there playing tonight.” --Warriors G Stephen Curry on the possibility of NBA-dictated discipline after throwing his mouthpiece in the loss to the Grizzlies.