Wolves-Warriors: What to watch for


Wolves-Warriors: What to watch for

For the second straight home game, the actual game is notlikely to be the focus of the evening for the Warriors and their fans. Yes, theupstart Minnesota Grizzlies are in town, but the real story Monday night atOracle happens at halftime.Thats when the Warriors will retire Chris Mullins No. 17jersey, unveiling it along with the five other players whose numbers have beenretired by the franchise.The last time the Warriors were at Oracle Arena they playedthe Milwaukee Bucks, and the return of Monta Ellis recently traded was thefocus. Ellis received an extended ovation before the game and two videotributes during the game.Many of Mullins ex-teammates will be on hand, and the nightfigures to be a celebration of the Warriors past.When the game begins, here are some things to watchfor:Power forward battle: Right now, KevinLove and David Lee are the best players on their respective teams, and bothplay the power forward position.That matchup will go a long way toward determining whichteam gets the victory on Monday night. On Sunday night in Sacramento, Love andteammate J.J. Barea had to be separated by teammates after they got into ashouting match on the bench.Bouncing back: After learning about theMonta Ellis trade last Tuesday, the Warriors played an impressive and emotionalgame against the Kings, blowing them out in Sacramento.Since then, the Warriors have dropped three consecutivegames, and their play has been disjointed and dispassionate at times.The Warriors are 18-24 with 24 games remaining. Coach MarkJacksons task is to find a way to get the team to play hard as the season wrapsup, and that looks like it will be a challenge.Which small forward will emerge: The Warriorshave plenty of players capable of playing the small forward position and itwill be interesting to see which player Jackson goes with the most.Newly acquired Richard Jefferson played 38 minutes againstthe Utah Jazz on Saturday, a surprisingly high number considering it wasJeffersons Warriors debut.Dorell Wright, whose minutes have been limited at times thisseason, played 44 minutes, and even Brandon Rush played 22 minutes. Questionis: Will Jackson continue to go small, which will allow him to get each ofthose players minutes?Or will he begin to go with a more conventional lineup, thereforelimiting one or more of those guys minutes?

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.