In Game 2 of Warriors-Spurs, expect plenty of adjustments

In Game 2 of Warriors-Spurs, expect plenty of adjustments

OAKLAND -- The adjustment game begins Monday night when the Warriors and Spurs meet at Oracle Arena for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins with Warriors Outsiders at 4:30 pm and continues live from Oracle Arena with The Happy Hour, Warriors Pregame Live, the game telecast with Fitz, JB and Kerith, and Warriors Postgame Live.

Though the Warriors took a 113-92 victory in Game 1 with a recipe of energetic defense and timely offense, they anticipate counter moves from veteran Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

[RELATED: After crushing Spurs in Game 1, Warriors fighting human nature going into Game 2]

The Warriors have faced a different starting lineup in each of the last five games against San Antonio. One likely move by the Spurs is to move forward Rudy Guy out of his Sixth Man role and into the starting lineup.


Warriors by 9.5


JaVale McGee & Co. vs. LaMarcus Aldridge: McGee was terrific in Game 1, playing smart on both ends, avoiding foul trouble and even outscoring the San Antonio star 15-14. It’s customary for the Warriors, when facing a primary scorer, to offer different defensive looks. They did it in Game 1, trying Kevon Looney and David West, and expect them to do the same in Game 2.

[RELATED: Film room: Expect Spurs to target JaVale with lots of on-ball screens in Game 2]


Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (L thigh contusion) is listed as probable. G Stephen Curry (L MCL sprain) and G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) are listed as out.

Spurs: F Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is listed as out.


Ed Malloy (crew chief), Brent Barnaky, Eric Lewis, Kevin Cutler (alternate)


The Warriors hold a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. They won three of four in the regular season, 112-92 on Nov. 2 at San Antonio, 122-105 on Feb. 10 in Oakland and 110-107 on March 8 in Oakland before losing 89-75 on March 19 in San Antonio. The Warriors swept the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors are 12-6 (including postseason) against San Antonio in the Steve Kerr era.


THE RUDY GAY COUNTER: After scoring a team-high 15 points in 22 minutes off the bench, it’s hard to imagine Gay won’t start or at least be granted a few more minutes. He’s the best bet to fill the offensive void in Leonard’s absence. Look for him to play some pick-and-pop with Aldridge

DEFENSIVE INTENSITY: This factor will not change. If it’s there, and it most certainly was in Game 1, the Warriors will be practically impossible to beat. By holding San Antonio to 36.7-percent shooting through three quarters, the Warriors are able to cruise in the fourth.

ROARACLE: The sellout crowd brought the noise in Game 1, which may or may not be related to Popovich accusing his team of having a “deer in the highlights” look for much of the game. The Warriors seem to get a boost from the support and they’d like to reestablish what once was a massive homecourt advantage.

Watch Steph Curry dominate basketball challenge on Japanese game show

Yahoo Sports

Watch Steph Curry dominate basketball challenge on Japanese game show

It's no secret Steph Curry can shoot -- among other things. As a matter of fact, it's so far from a secret, those around the world continue to be in awe of what he can do.

Recently, a video surfaced of the Warriors' All-Star point guard participating on a Japanese game show.

His "challenge" was to shoot from consecutive numbers dispersed on the court. And as you can see, it was hardly a challenge at all:

He shot 20 shots in 80 seconds -- and was given a time of one minute and 40 seconds to accomplish the feat.

Check out the reaction of those who were on set:

Yes, it was so good, we had to get a screenshot. 

Now, we don't 100-percent know what is going on, but it's safe to say they had a good time and now even more people are a believer in Curry.

Not that there was any doubt in the first place. 

Seven wings the Warriors could target with arrival of NBA trade season


Seven wings the Warriors could target with arrival of NBA trade season

Though coach Steve Kerr has said the Warriors are not likely to make a trade, general manager Bob Myers has shown more flexibility on the idea. That’s Myers’ MO. Like most personnel executives, he must be prepared to pivot at a moment’s notice.

The possibilities expanded Saturday, when the NBA trade window opened wide enough to include most players signed over the summer. All indications are the Warriors will observe rather than shop because they have a “trade” in the works.

They’ll be deeper and more formidable after DeMarcus Cousins is cleared for game activity. He is their in-season addition. Though the Warriors have been discreet about revealing a timeline, all hints imply it’s a matter of weeks, not months.

Kerr is not eager to make a move until Cousins has been evaluated. What can the team expect? How smooth is the transition? Why add a big man now if Cousins can play 20 minutes by the end of the month and 25 -- or more -- at some point in January?

So if the Warriors were to make a deal, it likely would involve a wing. They realize a tweak here or there might help. The fragile health of veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, both currently out, has the front office on alert. If either is out for an extended period, the Warriors have work to do.

Here are, alphabetically, seven wings/forwards on the market, with comment:

Carmelo Anthony (F)

Pros: A very available future Hall of Famer.
Cons: Shooting touch has abandoned him, and he can’t defend a barstool.
Verdict: He’s done.

Alec Burks (F/G)

Pros: Can play three positions, would love to leave Cleveland and he’s 27.
Cons: He’s making $11.54 million this season.
Verdict: He can help.

Vince Carter (F/G)

Pros: Popular future Hall of Famer is still dunking at age 41 for the Hawks.
Cons: Is it ageism to point out he’ll turn 42 next month?
Verdict: He’s worth a listen.

Mario Hezonja (F)

Pros: He’s 23, has some talent and plays with joy with the Knicks.
Cons: His shooting is spotty, and his immaturity might be permanent.
Verdict: Probably not.

Rodney Hood (F/G)

Pros: Plays both ends, is just 27 and is on a one-year Cavs deal at $3.4 million.
Cons: His composure has been an issue.
Verdict: He can help.

Patrick McCaw (G/F)

Pros: Knows the team because he’s on it.
Cons: No indication he wants to be along for the ride.
Verdict: Sure, if he’s in shape and explains the past five months.

Jabari Parker (F)

Pros: Talented enough to be the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Cons: Can’t make the Bulls’ rotation and is making $20 million.
Verdict: Nah, but hope he revives a once-promising career.

So, yes, there are players capable of helping. And the front office isn’t sleeping on them. The Warriors must decide whether they want to pursue them now, or wait until closer to the Feb. 7 trade deadline.