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Instant Replay: Curry, KD carry adapting Warriors past Suns

Instant Replay: Curry, KD carry adapting Warriors past Suns

BOX SCORE

PHOENIX – Continuing to make errors as they learn about themselves, the Warriors on Sunday eked out another win against a determined opponent.

In outlasting the Suns 106-100 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix, the Warriors used a lot of Kevin Durant, with sprinkles of Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, to overcame their worst tendencies.

Durant finished with a game-high 37 points – 11 in the fourth quarter – while Curry flipped in 28. Green scored only 5 points but posted 13 rebounds, nine assists and three blocked shots.

The Warriors did their part to keep the Suns close, committing 16 turnovers, off which Phoenix scored 25 points. The Warriors tallied 13 points off 12 Suns miscues.

The Warriors this season have yet to post a rebounding advantage, losing the glass battle 50-43, although Draymond Green (13) and Zaza Pachulia (10) did stellar work inside.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

This was a KD production, with KD starring and his teammates as the supporting cast.

Durant’s line: 37 points (10-of-16 from the floor, including 2-of-4 beyond the arc and 15-of-16 from the line), four rebounds, four assists, four steals, a blocked shot and four turnovers. He played 38 minutes and finished plus-17.

TURNING POINT

This one was tight throughout the second half, with the teams never separated by more than 6 points.

Not until Durant drained two free throws with seven seconds left for the final points of the game was this one decided.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: G Pat McCaw (L ankle sprain) and C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery) were listed as out.

Suns: G Devin Booker (R big toe sprain) was listed as probable and upgraded to active an hour before tipoff.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors travel to Portland, where on Tuesday night they are scheduled to face the Trail Blazers at Moda Center.

Report: Tyler Ulis signing with Warriors instead of Kings, Rockets

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Report: Tyler Ulis signing with Warriors instead of Kings, Rockets

The Warriors still are waiting on Patrick McCaw to sign his qualifying offer, but they reportedly brought in some backcourt depth in the meantime.

The two-time defending champions are set to sign ex-Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis to an Exhibit 10 contract, according to The Athletic and ESPN. Ulis chose to sign with the Warriors over the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets, ESPN's Marc Spears reported Friday.

Ulis averaged 7.8 points and 23.4 minutes per game in 71 appearances with the Suns last season. He started 43 games, two of which came in April against the Warriors. 

The 22-year-old, whom the Suns drafted in the second round in 2016, figures to have a tough time cracking the Warriors' rotation. Point guards Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston and Quinn Cook all will be ahead of him on the depth chart, and Ulis' lack of size (5-foot-10, 150 pounds) makes time at the other guard spot unlikely. 

That explains his contract, then. An Exhibit 10 deal means that Ulis will receive a bonus of up to $50,000 if he signs with the G-League Santa Cruz after the Warriors waive him, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks' explainer of the deal. Ulis' deal also can become a two-way contract, minus the bonus. 

NBA rule changes announced for 2018-19 season

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NBA rule changes announced for 2018-19 season

Some of you may still be celebrating the Warriors' 2018 title in the street of Oakland.

Keep celebrating if you will, but it's time to move on to the 2018-19 season. And with that, the NBA is bringing more change to the game that keeps on growing. 

On Friday, the NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved three rule changes that will take place this season. With these changes, the league is looking to speed the game up while making it easier to follow.

Below is how the NBA describes each change: 

Shot Clock Reset – The shot clock will reset to 14 seconds in three scenarios: after an offensive rebound of a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim; after a loose ball foul is called on the defensive team immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim; or after the offensive team gets possession of the ball after it goes out of bounds immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim.

The rule has been in effect in the NBA G League since the 2016-17 season, in the WNBA since 2016 and in FIBA play since 2014-15.  The rule was also in place during 2018 NBA Summer Leagues.

Simplification of the Clear Path Foul Rule – The changes to the clear path foul rule establish “bright line” standards based on the position of players at the time of the foul while also narrowing required referee judgment and reducing the number of variables impacting the rule’s application. 

A clear path foul is now defined as a personal foul against any offensive player during his team’s transition scoring opportunity in the following circumstances: the ball is ahead of the tip of the circle in the backcourt; no defender is ahead of the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity; the player with the transition scoring opportunity is in control of the ball (or a pass has been thrown to him); and if the foul deprives his team of an opportunity to score.

As part of the clear path foul rule simplification, referees will no longer need to make judgment calls as to whether or not a defender was between (or had the opportunity to be between) the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity and the basket.  In addition, referees will no longer have to determine whether or not the defender was at any time ahead of the offensive player prior to committing the foul, nor will it be relevant whether or not a defender beat the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity into the frontcourt.  Further, plays of this nature will no longer have to originate in the backcourt (since transition scoring opportunities can originate in the frontcourt).

Under the simplified rule, a clear path foul cannot occur if the fouled player is in the act of shooting or if the foul is caused by the defender’s attempt to intercept or deflect a pass intended for the player attempting to score in transition. 

If a clear path foul is committed, the offended team will continue to be awarded two free throws and possession of the ball on the sideline nearest the spot where the foul occurred.

Expanded Definition of “Hostile Act” for Replay Purposes – For purposes of triggering instant replay review, the definition of a “hostile act” has been broadened to enable referees to determine the appropriate penalty for players or coaches if they are involved in hostile encounters with each other, referees or fans. 

Let the games begin.