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What to watch for: Warriors at Nuggets

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What to watch for: Warriors at Nuggets

The Warriors are off to a nice start at 7-5, but if therewas a game that didnt sit well with them it had to be a 107-101double-overtime loss to the Nuggets on Nov. 10.The Warriors let that one slip away, to put it kindly, blowinga late lead in overtime No. 2, and failing to make a couple of free throws inovertime No. 1 that could have sealed it.Theyll get a chance to make up for that discouraging one inDenver on Friday.The Warriors have won four of their past five games as theyprepare for a back-to-back set against the Nuggets and then Minnesota athome.Here are some things to watch for during Fridays gamebetween the Warriors and Nuggets:Neutralize Faried: In the Nuggetsovertime win against the Warriors on Nov. 10, nobody hurt the Warriors morethan Kenneth Faried. Hes an undersized power forward but he is athletic and heplays relentlessly hard. That is not an easy matchup for David Lee, and sodont be surprised if the Warriors try to use Draymond Green some onFaried.Faried had 18 points and 17 rebounds in that game againstthe Warriors, including nine offensive rebounds. The less of a factor Fariedis, the better for the Warriors.Guard play: Stephen Curry and KlayThompson both played well in the Warriors victory over the Nets on Wednesdayat Oracle.Curry shot 7-of-13 from the field and had 25 points againstBrooklyn. His shooting percentage has crept up to 41.7 percent after adifficult start, but all signs are that his stroke is coming around.Thompson went 10-for-19 from the floor against the Nets, thefirst time this season hes made half his shots or more in a game. Thompson isshooting just 35.4 percent from the field this season, which you figure willimprove.What also needs to improve from Thompson are his shotselection and decision-making.Keep rebounding: If theres one thing theWarriors have done consistently well this season its rebound. Right now, theyhave a plus-3.9 differential, good enough for fourth in the league. The Nuggetsare the best rebounding team in the league, with a plus-8.5 differential. Agood chunk of that is because of Faried.The Warriors have been getting rebounding from all of theirpositions, including their backcourt. If the Warriors can limit second shots bythe Nuggets, theyll have a chance to get a victory.

The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

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The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

Remember when Mark Jackson was the head coach of the Warriors?

During a recent conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Warriors GM Bob Myers shared the following story:

"I made a mistake with Mark one time -- after a game we lost, I went up to him right after we lost and asked him -- I think Curry had been having a big game and he ran a play for Carl Landry to take a shot to win the game; and it was a good play and it was a good shot.

"And I went up to Mark and I went, 'Did you think about Curry?' And he looked at me, and you could tell he was kind of containing himself, and he said, 'It was a good play. It was a good play.' And I look at him and I thought, 'I will never do that again.' If I don't trust the decisions the coach makes, then he's not the right coach.

"The coach gets to decide, right? I learned that lesson with Mark that I was completely out of line in asking him. And I apologized, and I'll never forget that lesson that I learned for myself ... I was wrong. And I learned that. So you learn more from mistakes sometimes. I don't do the debriefing with my coach after the game. Win or lose."

The Warriors fired Jackson a couple days after dropping Game 7 to the Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs.

Myers was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

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Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

On Saturday night in Philadelphia, the 76ers led the Warriors by 24 points early in the third quarter.

With about five minutes left in the game, Golden State led the game 115-97.

It was an incredible turn of events.

On Monday morning, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown was asked about the 76ers during a radio appearance on KNBR 680.

"They're gonna be good. Right now, they're just kind of finding their way," Brown said. "The thing that I think our guys really like most about that group is -- they don't back down from anybody. They're confident in their abilities, they're confident in their team and they kind of let you know it.

"They talk about it during the course of a game. Our most vocal guy, Draymond, is like that and usually when Draymond shows respect to guys, the rest of our team follows."

Said Steph Curry: "They're on the right path. Waiting on Markelle to get back, and put all the puzzle pieces together but I'm sure they're ready to turn the page from building to actually cementing their idenity and how they're gonna be. I'm pretty sure they're close. They play an exciting brand of basketball. In the first half they showed if you're not ready to play, they can come out and do some amazing things."

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Kevin Durant on Ben Simmons: "Something I've never seen before as really playing the point guard at that height and that speed and that strength. You can tell he's an Aussie, too, because he doesn't mind getting into some scuffles or showing his little fiesty side. That's gonna mean well for the Sixers down the line ... all the amazing pieces that they have here ... they're gonna be a load coming up this year, next year, year after that."

Also -- Joel Embiid is hilarious and the world is a better place because of him.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller