Warriors-Thunder: What to watch for


Warriors-Thunder: What to watch for

PROGRAMMINGALERT: Tune into Warriors Pregame Live on CSNBay Area at 4:30 p.m. and Warriors Postgame Live immediately after thegame.

The Warriors play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday forthe third time in 22 days. The first two games were at Oracle Arena, and theWarriors simply couldnt contain Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in eitherone of them two Thunder victories.The Warriors get one more chance at beating Oklahoma City,although this one will be on the road.Here are some things to watch for as the Warriors try to putWednesdays tough loss to the Portland Trail Blazers behind them:

Get better on Durant, Westbrook: Thebottom line is the Warriors have done a very poor job of defending Kevin Durantand Russell Westbrook in the first two games.Durant is averaging 35 points and 12 rebounds on 49 percentshooting, and Westbrook is averaging 29.5 points and nine assists on 54 percentshooting in two games.Regardless of how well the Warriors defend the rest of theThunder, theyre unlikely to win a game in which Oklahoma Citys stars do thismuch damage. The Warriors have to find a way to make these two players lessefficient. Perhaps the answer is more Dominic McGuire.Improve in the end-game: In both of thegames against the Thunder at Oracle Arena, the Warriors hung tough for much ofthe game. But their execution in the games final minutes was poor, and thatsbeen the case for much of the season.Simply put, the Warriors havent done a good job of playingwell down the stretch, and it has cost them a bunch of ballgames. During thosetimes, the Warriors seem to become predictable, and they dont get a variety ofshot distribution from their lineup.Instead, it seems to come down to one player usually MontaEllis or Nate Robinson trying to create a shot or play on their own.The question is simple: Are the Warriors capable of winningmore consistently late in games or is their personnel simply not good enough todo it on a game-in and game-out basis?Rebound: The Warriors did a solid job ofrebounding in Game 2 between these teams, but Game 1 was a different story. TheThunders frontline, which includes Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka, NickCollison and Nazr Mohammed, has punished the Warriors at times.If Warriors coach Mark Jackson decides to play small like hehas often this year it will be imperative that David Lee and Ekpe Udoh canhold their own inside.

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.