Ex-Warriors center Damian Jones scores career-high 16 in Hawks' win

Ex-Warriors center Damian Jones scores career-high 16 in Hawks' win

During his three years with the Warriors, the most points Damian Jones scored in a single game was 13.

Earlier this season, his first with the Hawks, Jones scored 14 against the Suns. On Monday night, he topped both of those numbers.

In his first game against his former team, Jones dropped in a career-high 16 points, helping the Hawks beat the Warriors 104-79.

“You always like to see a guy go against his former team and come out and play well and I thought it was good to see Damian’s performance tonight," Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce told reporters after the game in Atlanta. "But I thought his defense in the first half particularly, he was a presence around the rim, he altered a few shots and he got obviously a couple easy baskets around the rim as well.

Jones also grabbed eight rebounds, dished out one assist and had one steal.

Even Hawks star guard Trae Young knew it was a big game for Jones.

"He’s playing against his old team, so there’s probably a little bit more motivation to go out there and play harder, and just put on a show for his old team," Young told reporters. "I don’t know how he’s feeling … I didn’t want to ask him about it, but it’s probably a little bit of motivation playing against his old team.”

The Warriors thought highly of Jones when they drafted him with the No. 30 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

But because they are hard-capped due to the D'Angelo Russell-Kevin Durant sign-and-trade, the Warriors needed to shed payroll anyway they could. Which is why they traded Jones to Atlanta for Omari Spellman. Golden State saved roughly $400,000 this season by making the trade.

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It probably stung the Warriors front office to have to give up on a talented player like Jones, but they should feel good that the 24-year-old is averaging a career-high 6.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in Atlanta.

The Warriors would also like it if Jones didn't set a new career-high when the two teams meet again in March.

Eric Paschall believes he'll play in Warriors-Knicks despite hip issue

Eric Paschall believes he'll play in Warriors-Knicks despite hip issue

SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Warriors rookie Eric Paschall believes he will be available for tip-off.

"Yeah, I think so," Paschall said after shootaround Wednesday morning. "I'm pretty sure I'm playing but I feel like I'm fine."

In an injury-ravaged season for the Warriors, the rookie has been a rare bright spot for Golden State. In 24 appearances, he's averaging 16.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 31 minutes. 

Entering Wednesday, Paschall -- who missed a 114-108 loss to the Thunder on Nov. 9 with a hip injury -- was listed as questionable for Wednesday with soreness in his left hip. Still, Paschall believes he will be in the lineup after a brief rehab schedule. 

"Got treatment on it all yesterday and I got treatment this morning," he said. "It's all good and I feel like I should be able to play tonight."

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If Paschall has to miss the game, there will be more minutes available for big men Marquese Chriss, Willie Cauley-Stein and newly-recalled Alen Smailagic.

Warriors recall rookie Alen Smailagic from G League before Knicks game

Warriors recall rookie Alen Smailagic from G League before Knicks game

Alen Smailagic just might make his NBA debut Wednesday night against the Knicks.

The Warriors recalled the rookie big man from their G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, the team announced.

Smailagic -- the No. 39 overall pick in the 2019 draft -- sprained his ankle during Golden State's second training camp practice, and was sidelined for nearly two months.

He made his season debut with the Sea Dubs on Nov. 29, and averaged 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 21.9 minutes over his first six appearances.

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The 19-year-old shot over 47 percent from the field and 33 percent (8-for-24) from 3-point territory.

At this point, it's unclear if the Serbian will travel with the Warriors for Friday's game at Utah, or if he will play in Santa Cruz on Friday night against the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario.

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