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CJ McCollum tweets at Devin Booker after Warriors' Jordan Poole interview

CJ McCollum tweets at Devin Booker after Warriors' Jordan Poole interview

Warriors rookie Jordan Poole did not play in the team's final Summer League game in Las Vegas on Friday night.

So at halftime, he joined NBA TV's Allie LaForce for a short interview about his first summer in the NBA.

"Growing up and in college, you never really paid attention to the free agency," Poole explained. "Obviously, you saw who was going to what team.

"But now looking at the lineups and the matchups and being able to see who you're gonna guard night in and night -- the Western Conference is definitely gonna be extremely exciting."

Is there anybody in particular Poole is looking forward to guarding?

"Probably Devin Booker," the 20-year-old told LaForce. "Devin Booker, CJ McCollum are the two that I'm focusing on."

When the video came across McCollum's timeline, he tweeted the following at Booker:

Wizards guard Bradley Beal then joined in on the fun:

Booker averaged 26.6 points and 6.8 assists per game last season, while McCollum racked up 21.0 points and 3.0 assists per contest.

Poole -- the No. 28 overall pick in last month's NBA Draft -- is going to have his work cut out for him.

[RELATED: Curry likes the idea of Poole's mentality in Dubs' rotation]

"Offensively, we think he's far ahead of where he is defensively," Golden State assistant general manager Larry Harris said about Poole a couple of weeks ago. "His athleticism and his quickness and his IQ allows him to be a better defender than what we saw in college."

When the NBA releases the 2019-20 schedule next month, mark the Warriors-Suns and Warriors-Blazers matchups on your calendar.

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Kings vs. Suns watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Kings vs. Suns watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SACRAMENTO -- Finish strong. With the playoff chances reduced to rumble, the Kings still have an opportunity to string together a win streak and move back over the .500 mark on the season. They'll face a struggling Phoenix Suns team that is focused on the future and not the now.

The Kings shook off a brutal loss to the Nets with a win against the Mavericks. Buddy Hield shook off his shooting struggles to score 29 points on 7-of-13 from long range. Marvin Bagley notched his third straight 20-point performance, including a career-best three makes from 3-point range.

[RELATED: How to watch Kings-Suns online and on MyTeams app]

Phoenix sits at the bottom of the Western Conference standings at 17-56. They have young talent, but they've lost four of their last five games and they've started to shut down players with an eye on the lottery.

Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

Following the game against Phoenix, the Kings start a five-game trip starting Sunday in LA against the Lakers. They'll make stops in Dallas, New Orleans, Houston, and San Antonio before returning home to face the Rockets April 2 at Golden 1 Center.

Line

Kings by 10

Projected Lineups

Kings
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Harrison Barnes
PF Nemanja Bjelcia
C Willie Cauley-Stein

Suns
PG Devin Booker
SG Josh Jackson
SF Mikal Bridges
PF Dragan Bender
C Deandre Ayton

Injury Report

Kings 
C Harry Giles (quad contusion) questionable.

Suns
G Tyler Johnson (knee) questionable, SF Josh Jackson (ankle) questionable, F Kelly Oubre (thumb) out, SF T.J. Warren (ankle) out.

Rotation Outlook

Kings

Dave Joerger continues to balance the minutes for his young players with a smattering of veterans. Nemanja Bjelica is the only player above 26-years-old playing meaningful minutes in the rotation.

Harry Giles took a blow to the back of his left leg in the second quarter of the team's win over the Mavericks on Thursday. He is listed as questionable to play, although the injury is not considered serious by the team.

The Kings inked former Sacramento State guard Cody Demps to a 10-day contract on Friday. The 25-year-old averaged 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 30.6 minutes per game for the Kings' G League affiliate in Stockton this season. Demps is trying to become the first player in Sac State history to play a minute in the NBA.

Hield is three 3-pointers away from surpassing Peja Stojakovic for the Kings' franchise record for most long balls in a season.

Suns

Phoenix is a mess. They rank 24th in the league in scoring at 107 points per game and 27th in points allowed at 116.1. They have a frontline scorer in Booker and Ayton is putting up numbers down the stretch, but this team isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

On Friday afternoon the Suns signed former King, Jimmer Fredette, to a two-year contract. The 30-year-old guard has played the last three seasons in China, averaging over 36 points per game in the CBA.

Warriors need to 'take another look' in mirror after bad loss to Suns

Warriors need to 'take another look' in mirror after bad loss to Suns

OAKLAND -- One day after the Warriors suffered a 33-point thrashing from the Celtics, Steve Kerr said his team had looked in the mirror.

Two hours before the Warriors beat the Nuggets to maintain the Western Conference's top spot Friday night, the coach praised his team's energy and expected a change in play.

Now, after a roller-coaster week in which the Warriors beat the best and lost to the worst of the NBA, they're again searching for answers after a 115-111 loss to the Suns on Sunday night.

"We laid an egg," Kerr said.

Golden State's fortunes didn't start off bad. The Warriors jumped to a 27-11 lead in the first quarter. Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant combined for 20 of the Dubs' 29 first-quarter points.

Then, the Suns, who beat the Warriors for the first time since Nov. 18, 2014, went on a 42-26 run, taking control of the contest. Devon Booker had 37 points and 11 assists, and Kelly Oubre added 22 points, including four 3-pointers.

Adding to the Warriors' troubles, Thompson finished the game 6 of 17 from the field after making four of his first five shots. In the fourth quarter, when the Warriors were trying to salvage an otherwise uninspired performance, Durant rolled his ankle, leaving the game for good.

Golden State's issues, according to them, is rooted in a lack of focus and energy, which, recently, has manifested in the second quarter. Over the Warriors' last five games, they have been outscored 177-142 in the second. On Sunday, they were outrebounded, outshot and committed more fouls than the Suns, who not only are the worst team in the league but were playing their second game in two nights.

"Karma," Kerr said of the performance. "When you don't deserve to win with, in terms of execution, energy connection, the ball doesn't go in. I like that about basketball. You tend to earn things like points and rebounds -- you earn a win. We didn't earn a win, so that's the bottom line." 

Since the All-Star break, the Warriors, despite evidence to the contrary, have been emphasizing that this season is different than last, when Golden State lost 13 of its last 20 games entering the postseason. Yet the Warriors rank 20th in 3-point percentage and 28th in turnovers, and are just 4-5 since the All-Star break. At 45-21, they're on track to finish worse than last year's 58-24 mark to close the season.

"That's been some of the narrative over our season, because there's nothing else to talk about in terms of trying to get to the playoffs and build the right habits," Stephen Curry said. "But we just haven't been able to put a consistent string of games together after the All-Star break. [We're] still the first in the West and still understand what our goal is to get home court and go into the playoffs with the right mentality."

[RELATED: Warriors hit a new low]

While the Warriors' loss stings, they still have a chance to right the wrongs of the last few weeks. With games against the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder on the ledger, Golden State looks to stay atop the West. But, before that can happen, they'll have to figure themselves out within.  

"We have to look back in the mirror again," Kerr said. "Take another look."