The Warriors went 2-3 on their recently concluded five-gameroad trip and now are 15-20 for the season. They had a surprise win at Atlanta,but gave away that bonus victory with a dud of a loss at Toronto onSunday.Lets wrap up the road trip with some observations:Solid trip for Lee: Power forward DavidLee was the Warriors best player on the trip. He scored in double figures ineach of the teams five games and in four of those games also grabbeddouble-figures in rebounds.More importantly, Lee gave the Warriors a sliver of an insidepresence, taking advantage of some favorable matchups along the way.Why no Biedrins?: Warriors coach MarkJackson has taken center Andris Biedrins out of the starting lineup and isgoing with Ekpe Udoh. Thats fine, but something else is curious.With two minutes remaining in the Warriors blowout win overWashington, Lee was on the floor. Simple question: Why Lee and not Biedrins? IfBiedrins isnt going to start, why would Jackson not use him in the finalminutes of a game thats already been decided?Bottom line is that if youre not going to start Biedrinsand youre not going to use him to finish up lopsided games, there arent thatmany times you can actually use him.Slumping Nate: Its been a while sinceNate Robinson injected himself into a game in a positive way. He did some nicethings in the final game of the road trip against Washington, but that was agame that had been decided.With Stephen Curry missing significant playing time on thetrip, Robinson had a big-time opportunity to give the team a lift. But he strugglednoticeably and his shooting has dropped below 39 percent for the season.Sting of Toronto: The 83-75 loss to theRaptors on Sunday, unfortunately, was the signature game on the trip for theWarriors. It was that game -- more than any other that defined thetrip.In that game the Warriors scored just 28 points in thesecond half and lost a double-figure lead.If the Warriors had been able to beat Toronto, they wouldhave come home 3-2 on the trip, but more than that they would have been winnersof four of the past six road games.That loss to Toronto was the difference between a good tripand a disappointing one.
After getting a rude “Welcome to the NBA” facial from Rockets guard Eric Gordon in his debut Tuesday night, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell stands to get a more legitimate baptism Friday night in New Orleans.
That’s where Pelicans All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be waiting, eager to abuse the new guy.
With starting power forward Draymond Green listed as doubtful with a strained left knee -- MRI test results were negative -- Bell can expect significant minutes when the Warriors and Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.
Aware Green’s availability is in question, Bell sees what’s ahead in Davis and Cousins, as they both possess skills that rank among the top five big men.
“I’m definitely excited about that,” Bell said Wednesday. “(They are) some of the best bigs in the league, so I’m definitely excited to get tested against that.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr generally avoids tinkering with his set rotations, in which case David West and JaVale McGee would continue to come off the bench at center. Of the other “bigs” on the roster, Bell is most likely to start if Green is unable.
Bell played 12 minutes in the opener, and they were in slots that typically go to McGee, who never left the bench against Houston. Citing the matchups created by the Rockets’ smallish lineups, Kerr opted for the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Bell over the 7-foot, 270-pound McGee.
That will change Friday, regardless of Green’s status, as both Bell and McGee will be needed against Davis and Cousins, both of whom possess wing spans over 7 feet. Only Bell is suited to play power forward or center, and the staff is coaching him at both positions.
“At the 4, I have to be more of a facilitator, like (Green) is,” Bell said. “Some plays (Kerr) has me doing the same things Draymond does. Sometimes he has me bring the ball up in practice. Calling plays, putting me in positions on the elbows to make the right pass, make the right read.
“When I’m at the 5, I have to be more of an aggressor, a more physical guy on the court, focusing on rebounding and finishing around the rim.”
It’s exceedingly rare for a second-round draft pick to start a game in his first week as an NBA player. The Warriors believe Bell can handle it. So in the case of Green being held out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rookie’s name is called.
The Golden State Warriors and Dubnation have been holding their breath a bit awaiting the results of Draymond Green's MRI.
They can breathe a little better now.
According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative.
Golden State forward Draymond Green underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative, league sources told ESPN.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 19, 2017
Green left Tuesday's game against the Rockets one point shy of a triple double after 28 minutes of work.
The Warriors were left in a defensive deficit in his absence and ultimatley lost to the Rockets 122-121.
More to come...