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Instant Replay: Thompson scores 24, Warriors hold off Lakers in Vegas

Instant Replay: Thompson scores 24, Warriors hold off Lakers in Vegas

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LAS VEGAS – Even the deepest relationships go on pause at tipoff, as Steve Kerr reminded Luke Walton on Friday night.

Facing his good friend and former top assistant, Kerr’s Warriors unloaded on Walton’s Lakers early before hanging on for a 112-107 preseason win at T-Mobile Arena.

Klay Thompson scored 24 points, Kevin Durant dropped in 17, Stephen Curry put in 14, Patrick McCaw tossed in 13 and JaVale McGee added 12 as the Warriors (4-1) won their fourth consecutive preseason game.

The Warriors led by as much as 17 in the first quarter, outshooting LA (2-4) 66.7 percent to 47.1, expanding the cushion to 30 in the second quarter before going in with a 74-47 halftime lead.

The Warriors beat the Lakers on the glass, with a 43-38 rebounding advantage. Moreover, they committed four turnovers in the first half while passing for 18 assists. They finished with 29 assists and 19 turnovers.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS:
The night belonged to Thompson and Durant, who shot the Lakers off the floor shortly after tipoff.

Thompson’s line: 24 points (9-of-13 shooting from the field, 4-of-6 from 3-point distance and 2-of-2 from the line), three assists and two rebounds. He played 19 minutes and finished plus-25.

Durant’s line: 17 points (7-of-11, 3-of-5 from deep), five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal. He played 22 minutes and finished plus-16

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE:
Kevon Looney started at power forward in place of Draymond Green. The rookie didn’t produce much offense (7 points) but posted a game-high nine rebounds, four assists and one steal. He played 23 minutes of action and was plus-15.

McGee didn’t enter the game until midway through the third quarter with the Warriors well in command. He played 14 minutes, totaling 12 points, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal. He finished minus-17 but posted the highlight of the night, a soaring dunk over forward Thomas Robinson in the fourth quarter.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: F Draymond Green (rest), F Andre Iguodala (rest), F David West (rest), C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery) and G Elliot Williams (R knee surgery) were listed as out and did not play.

Lakers: G Lou Williams (rest) and G Jose Calderon (L calf strain) were listed as out and did not play.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Warriors return to action Wednesday night, when they face the Lakers at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.

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.