Warriors notes: Schedule toughens, Udoh's face-up game


Warriors notes: Schedule toughens, Udoh's face-up game

A little of this and that Warriors-related to get yourMonday going ---The Warriors are 8-13, but thats nottheir biggest issue when it comes to turning the season around. Nope, theirbiggest problem is the schedule ahead. Bottom line is theyve failed to takeadvantage of a favorable early season schedule.The Warriors play four of their next five games at OracleArena, which will mean that through 26 games, they will have played 17 homegames and just nine road games.So, if you do the math, of the Warriors last 40 games thisseason, 24 will be on the road. Over the past three-plus seasons, the Warriorsroad mark is 28-103.

---Ekpe Udoh has had an up-and-downseason, but when hes been good, hes helped the Warriors win games, no doubt.If theres one thing thats been unfair to Udoh, its that, on offense, hesprimarily asked to be a low-post player.Udoh certainly isnt a great low post player, but the factis that hes better than most of his teammates. And, because of that, hesasked to post up more than he should.The reality is that Udohs strength offensively is theface-up jumper, from about 16 to 20-feet. He buried three of those kinds ofjumpers in last Thursdays win over the Jazz, and its how he did a bulk of hisscoring at Baylor. But he hasnt been put in that position enough this year.---Monta Ellis is having an awful yearshooting the ball. Yes, Ellis did a lot early in the season to keep theWarriors afloat, but after 21 games hes shooting just 42 percent from thefield.That would be the lowest field goal percentage by far for Ellis since his rookie season when he shot 41.5 percent from the floor. Buthe was a rookie coming out of high school that year and played just 49games.Ellis came into the season a 47-percent shooter from thefield, so the dip to 42 percent is quite significant. ---Nobodys saying Andris Biedrins ishaving a great season, but he still does certain things better than most of histeammates whether hes playing well or not, apparently.Of the active players on the active roster, Biedrins isfirst in rebounds per minute averaging 13.2 per 48 minutes and second inblocks per minute (behind Udoh) averaging 3.4 per 48 minutes.Add to that the fact that coach Mark Jackson has said onnumerous occasions that Biedrins is the teams best low-post defender and itscurious as to why hes getting fewer than 18 minutes per game.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts


Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

[POOLE: Unprompted remarks about wildfires show Klay isn't who you thought he was]

Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

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

Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins


Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.

History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.


Warriors by 8.5


Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.


Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.


The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.


THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?

DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.

ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.