Warriors player review from Vegas


Warriors player review from Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Some observations from two days of basketball involving 10 Warriors players:David Lee -- He looks to be in a little better shape now than he was at this time last year. Through two days of workouts, he still looks like the player he's always been.Monta Ellis -- He seems to be in very good shape, and in fact, played more pickup games than anyone in the gym on Friday morning. His jumper looks a little rusty, but he's still got a shot off anytime he wanted.
Klay Thompson -- No doubt, Thompson has deep range, and he seems pretty heady, too. After watching Thompson drain a long 3-pointer on Thursday night, Stephen Curry turned to an observer and said: "That kid is going to be good."RELATED: Monta, Warriors hold court in Las Vegas
Jeremy Tyler -- Tyler struggled a little bit against the likes of Louis Amundson and Ekpe Udoh, which shouldn't be unexpected for a rookie, and a very young rookie at that. At times Tyler struggled to keep up with the pace of the game.Charles Jenkins -- Jenkins has an extremely strong body and appears to have pretty solid overall game. He doesn't shoot the 3-pointer as well as the mid-range shot, and he's going to need to figure out how to be more clever finishing at the rim. Either that, or he's going to need to develop an in-between game.Stephen Curry -- His jump shot still looks as good as it ever did. Curry played about three or four games on Friday morning, and didn't seem to be bothered by the right ankle, which he had surgery on in May. He also appears to have gotten a touch, bigger, stronger.Lou Amundson -- He looked better during the past two days than he did at any time last season. He's done a nice job of protecting the rim and not allowing easy buckets. Clearly Amundson is healthier than he was at any point during last season after dealing with separate back and finger injuries.Dorell Wright -- He spent a lot of time handling the ball and trying to create for teammates, something he didn't do a whole lot of last year. It seems as though Wright's game continues to evolve and he's no longer simply a spot-up shooter.Jeremy Lin -- He's always going to play hard, which he certainly did on Thursday and Friday, and he seems to have tweaked his jump shot a little bit -- for the better. But you can see a battle brewing for a roster spot involving Lin and Jenkins.Ekpe Udoh -- Udoh's face-up game looks much better than last season. A year ago, as a rookie, Udoh was hesitant to take his open 17-footer above the foul line, but not anymore. Udoh still considers himself a defense-first type of player, but he should be a tad more efficient on offense this season.

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.

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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.