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Warriors notebook: Tyler acquisition a stunner

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Warriors notebook: Tyler acquisition a stunner

June 23, 2011

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OAKLAND -- Well, the selection of Klay Thompson by the Warriors wasn't much of a surprise. But acquiring the rights to center Jeremy Tyler was.The Warriors, with the help of owner Joe Lacob's wallet, acquired Tyler from the Charlotte Bobcats, who had selected him at No. 39. The Warriors paid 2 million for those rights."This is the kind of aggressive move we're pleased to be able to make," Warriors executive vice president Larry Riley said. "That's a credit to ownership. We're trying to improve this team in any way we can. It will be a developmental process. I don't know how quickly he'll be able to perform in the NBA. But he's an NBA talent. There will be an onus on him to go to work."Tyler's story is among the most fascinating of any of the draftees. He averaged 28.7 points and 12 rebounds as junior at San Diego High in California, and committed to the University of Louisville. But he elected to skip his senior season and instead play professionally in Israel.
He played just 10 games in the Israeli League and then left the team for personal reasons. The last team he played for was the Tokyo Apache in the Basketball Japan League for the 2010-11 season."He is a person of size both height and bulk," Riley said. "He's played a limited amount of basketball in terms of the professional game but he's young."Monta talk: Warriors executive vice president Larry Riley was at the podium for about two minutes after the team picked Klay Thompson before the inevitable question was asked.NEWS: Warriors take Klay Thompson with No. 11 pick
Did the selection of Thompson, a big shooting guard, mean that Monta Ellis was more likely to be traded?Said Riley: "This in no way affects the motivation to trade any player."Well, that settles that -- for about the next few hours anyway or until the next Monta Ellis trade rumor surfaces.Jenkins at No. 44: The Warriors selected Hofstra shooting guard Charles Jenkins with the No. 44 pick -- no doubt in large part because one of the Warriors scouts, Speedy Claxton, also played at Hofstra and was quite familiar with him.Claxton played for the Warriors during the 2003-04 season and part of the 2004-05 season before he was traded to the New Orleans Hornets. He has been a scout for the Warriors for the past two seasons, working primarily on the East Coast.Jenkins broke Claxton's scoring records at Hofstra. Jenkins is a combo guard who can score from the perimeter and get to the rim. He shot 42 percent from 3-point range last season as a senior.

NBA fines Curry and Iguodala for incident in Memphis

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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

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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.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 12

MATCHUP TO WATCH

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.

INJURY REPORT

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.

RECENT SERIES HISTORY

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

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

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.

QUOTABLE

“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.