On Warriors, Jefferson's playoff experience stands out


On Warriors, Jefferson's playoff experience stands out

When it comes to which Warriors player will be getting theminutes at small forward this season, few seem to be giving Richard Jeffersonmuch of a shot.Conventional wisdom is that rookie Harrison Barnes andBrandon Rush, whom the team re-signed in August, will be holding down thatspot. And if not them, then Draymond Green, the Warriors second-roundselection, could be in the mix for some playing time.RELATED: Warriors focus -- Harrison Barnes
But dont overlook Jefferson. Hes got something going forhim that nobody on the Warriors roster can touch: Extensive playoffexperience. And that experience will likely keep him in the forefront of coachMark Jacksons mind when it comes to playing time this season particularlylate in close games.Think about this: Jefferson has 94 career playoff gamesunder his belt, and its not as if hes all the way over the hill at just 32years old. The rest of the Warriors roster combined has played in just 52postseason games. And nine Golden State Warriors have never played a game inthe playoffs including Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee and ofcourse, Barnes.Andrew Bogut and Brandon Rush have played in five playoffgames apiece.Warriors owner Joe Lacob, general manager Bob Myers andJackson all have made it clear they believe the team will be competing for aplayoff spot in 2012-13.If thats the case, its hard to not see Jefferson being apart of it. The Warriors schedule early in the season is difficult, with moreroad games than home games and more games against playoff teams thannot.It seems likely that Jackson, who will be under pressure toguide the Warriors into the postseason, would lean on a sure thing (Jefferson)more than an unknown (Barnes).Of course, Barnes is going to get minutes in his rookieseason, no doubt about that. But some of that playing time will be dictated byJefferson, the player on the Warriors roster with more postseason experience and its not even close than anyone else on the team.

Report: Gordon Hayward 'unlikely to return' this season


Report: Gordon Hayward 'unlikely to return' this season

Despite the severity of Gordon Hayward's injury, there was a small bit of hope that he might be able to return this season.

It appears that won't happen.

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night and is "unlikely to return this season," his agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.

"We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form," Bartelstein told ESPN.

The Celtics' prized offseason acquisition suffered the terrifying ankle injury just five minutes into his Boston debut on Tuesday night. He was diagnosed with a dislocated left ankle and broken tibia.

After playing in Cleveland on Tuesday, the Celtics returned to Boston for their home opener on Wednesday against the Bucks. Prior to the game, a 30-second video message from Hayward to the fans was played in the arena.

“What’s up, everybody? Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s had me in their thoughts and prayers,” Hayward said. “I’m going to be all right. It’s hurting me that I can’t be there for the home opener. I want nothing more than to be with my teammates and walk out on that floor tonight. But I’ll be supporting you guys from here, and wishing you the best of luck. Kill it tonight.”

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

First, there was #ChinaKlay.

Now, there is #FakeKlay.

In case you missed it, a Klay Thompson lookalike was seated behind the Warriors bench during their season-opening loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. He had the full jersey, the facial hair and the cadence.

A day later, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about #FakeKlay and he used it as an opportunity to state that he felt his players were out of shape.

"I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning as a team," Kerr told the media in Oakland. "I turned around and was like 'Klay, did you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?' That was great. I love that guy."

So Kerr is definitely a fan of #FakeKlay. No word yet if the real Klay has met #FakeKlay. We'll let you know if they do cross paths.