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It might not be as simple as this, but its close: If the Warriors beat the Mavericks on Monday in Dallas, it will have been a good road trip; if they lose to Dallas, then its a not-so-good road trip.The Warriors conclude their three-game trip at American Airlines Center, a place where Dallas has beaten Golden State in 11 of the past 12 meetings.The Warriors are 1-1 on this trip, with a victory at Minnesota and a loss at Oklahoma City on Sunday.
Here are some things to watch for during Sundays game between the Warriors and Dallas:Make some 3s: The Warriors have raised some eyebrows with their ability to score inside this season. Rookie Harrison Barnes has been a factor by being able to get to the bucket, and David Lee and Carl Landry have made an impact at times on the interior.But for the Warriors to be at their best, theyre going to need to do a better job of making 3-pointers. The Warriors (5-5) are shooting just 30.4 percent from beyond the arc, and second-year guard Klay Thompson is in a particular funk.Thompson is shooting 31.4 percent from the field, but has only made two of his past 14 attempts from out there.Win the frontcourt matchup: The Mavericks have a big front line, but its not exactly spry. They start Chris Kaman at center and Elton Brand at power forward, with Troy Murphy coming off the bench.
That will give the Warriors a quickness advantage on the interior. Players such as Carl Landry and Barnes, who has been attacking the rim in recent games, have an opportunity to be effective.Know the stakes: If the Warriors want to make the playoffs this season, theyre going to have to finish ahead of the Dallas Mavericks in the standings in all likelihood.The Warriors will have a better chance to do that if they win the season-series from the Mavericks and a win in Dallas could go a long way toward getting that done.
In the real world, the President of the United States Donald Trump started a Twitter feud with LaVar Ball on Sunday.
Trump believes he should have left three college athletes, including Ball's son LiAngelo, in a Chinese jail for shoplifting. In return, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wants the two to simply stop talking.
"It would be nice for all of us if both of them would just be quiet," Kerr said to reporters at the Barclays Center. "Wouldn't that be great?"
"Modern life. Two people seeking attention and are both getting it, so I'm sure both guys are really happy," Kerr initially said when first asked about the two.
Unprompted, Kerr then asked reporters for a request to help us all.
"You know what would help, if all of you stopped covering both of them," Kerr pleaded. "Is that possible? You can probably stop covering LaVar. I don't think you can stop covering the President. I don't think that'll work."
In the span of about 16 days, David Lee has made a lot of changes to his life.
On Nov. 3, he announced that he got engaged to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.
On Sunday, the former Warriors All-Star forward announced his retirement from the NBA with a post on Instagram.
"An epic night celebrating my retirement with my friends and family! Thank you to my amazing fiancée @carowozniacki for planning the surprise!" Lee wrote as the caption for a photo of him with all his friends.
Former teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were among those that "Liked" the posted. Curry even left a comment.
"They'll still always have trouble with the pitch and follow man Man! Congrats," Curry wrote.
Acquired in July of 2009 from the Knicks, Lee played five seasons with the Warriors. During his time in Oakland, he averaged 16.7 points and 9.6 rebounds.
Lee was named to the Western Conference All-Star team during the 2012-13 season. He averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game that season.
The 34-year-old capped off his tenure with the Warriors by winning an NBA championship in 2015. After the playoff run, the Warriors traded Lee to Boston. He spent last season with the Spurs and appeared in 79 games.