Warriors-Nets: What to watch for


Warriors-Nets: What to watch for

PROGRAMMING ALERT: Warriors Pregame Live begins at 3:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, with the tipoff at 4:00 p.m., followed by Warriors Postgame Live.

The Warriors will either come home after a so-so road trip or a good one. Theyre 2-1 with one game remaining on it on Wednesday against the New Jersey Nets.The Nets are without center Brook Lopez and havent won a home game this season. Lopez isnt expected back until February at the earliest after having right foot surgery. The Warriors have won two in a row and are staring at six straight home games after New Jersey.Here are a few things to watch for:Defend Deron: If the Warriors need to stop one player, it would be point guard Deron Williams. No, hes not having a good season, shooting just 36 percent from the floor, but thats because hes being asked to do too much without Lopez.Still, Williams is capable of putting a team on his back on any given night, and hes a point guard the Warriors have always had matching up against in the past. Rookie Charles Jenkins will get the first crack at him on the defensive end.Bench contributing: The Warriors bench has shown up and then some on this trip. In the teams 105-95 win over Cleveland on Tuesday, the Warriors substitutes came through in a big way. Nate Robinson had 17 points and Klay Thompson and Brandon Rush had 14 apiece and the bench as a group scored 50 points.Theres never a better time to get something out of the bench than on the last game of a road trip.Keep going to Lee: Warriors power forward David Lee has been the teams best player on this trip. Hes scoring in bunches and more important hes scoring at important times.Against Cleveland, Lee had 13 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, which brought the victory home for the Warriors.Defend the 3-pointer: The Nets have several 3-point shooters all at various positions and the Warriors will need to be aware of them. Williams, ex-Warrior Anthony Morrow, Mehmet Okur, rookie Marshon Brooks and Jordan Farmar are all capable from beyond the arc.

Steph Curry goes on rant over how Celtics-in-Finals comments were interpreted

Steph Curry goes on rant over how Celtics-in-Finals comments were interpreted

Stephen Curry wasn't taking the bait this time. Instead, he decided to fight back.

After the Warriors erased a 22-point halftime deficit to stun the 76ers in Philadelphia on Saturday, a reported tried to get Curry to talk about a possible NBA Finals matchup with the 76ers just like he had after Thursday's game against the Celtics. It didn't go well for the reporter. Curry wasn't having it.

"Hot takes. You can literally take one line of what I said and and say ‘very, very likely.’ Read the whole comment. I hate when that happens. I stand up here and talk for 45 seconds about that question and you want to take five words that put the Boston Celtics in the Finals. That’s the hype beast. I’ll be more specific next time about how I see the futures that surrounds who’s going to be in the Finals, even us. Whatever," Curry said.

A different reporter asked Curry if the situation frustrated him.

"Yeah, it did because, obviously, it was a question about Boston’s chances and how well they’ve been playing. I literally said they have to beat Cleveland because Cleveland has been there three times in a row. Obviously I made a joke because I haven’t been in Boston in the summer in a while. Probably nice weather. But the video is going crazy, so watch the whole video, watch the whole comment and you’ll get it right," Curry said before leaving the gathering of reporters.

Warriors F Kevin Durant won't play vs Nets due to ankle injury

Warriors F Kevin Durant won't play vs Nets due to ankle injury

A day after playing 33 minutes against the 76ers, Warriors forward Kevin Durant won't play Sunday against the Nets.

The Warriors announced that Durant is dealing with a left ankle sprain.

Durant finished with 27 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in the Warriors' 124-116 comeback win over the 76ers.

This will be the second game Durant has missed due to an injury this season. On Nov. 8, Durant sat out against the Timberwolves due to a thigh contusion.

Coverage of Warriors-Nets begins at 2pm with Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming on the NBC Sports App.