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NBA Draft 2020: Watch Anthony Edwards drill game-winning 3-pointer

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NBA Draft 2020: Watch Anthony Edwards drill game-winning 3-pointer

Warriors fans got to see two things that were easy on the eyes Wednesday night. 

First, the injury-ravaged Warriors picked up their fourth win of the season, knocking off the rebuilding Chicago Bulls 104-90 at Chase Center. 

For those fans who already have turned their attention to the draft, they might have seen Georgia freshman and likely top-five NBA draft pick Anthony Edwards deliver the first signature moment of his collegiate career over on the big island.

On Tuesday, some of the Warriors' brass was on hand to watch Edwards pour in 37 points -- 33 in the second half -- against Michigan State in the 2019 Maui Invitational Tournament. 

Then, on Wednesday, with the Bulldogs in a battle with Chaminade, Edwards scored 15 points in the final 18 minutes, including a dagger 3-pointer to give Georgia the lead with 0.1 seconds remaining.

He called game. 

Edwards might have the highest ceiling of any NBA draft prospect. At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds with a 6-foot-9 wingspan, Edwards is a physical specimen. He is powerful in almost every move he makes, specifically in attacking the rim. But his power and athleticism also permit him to be explosive getting in and out of crossovers and step-backs.

His 3-point shot still needs some work, but based on his shooting display in Maui, he already has improved his stroke.

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Edwards is still very young and extremely raw, but there's no denying that he has the potential to be a slashing, attack-the-rim star in his early NBA days, much like Donovan Mitchell or a young Dwyane Wade. 

The 2020 class is relatively weak, but Edwards appears to be one of the early jewels. He would look quite nice next to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. 

Lakers at Warriors watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

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Lakers at Warriors watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

SAN FRANCISCO – The Warriors haven’t won a home game in nearly six weeks, but the absence of LeBron James on Thursday leaves ajar the door to victory.

Slightly ajar, we should say.

James will be on the sideline nursing a groin injury when the Western Conference-leading Lakers visit the last-place Warriors at Chase Center. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff of the TNT telecast scheduled for 7:30.

The Warriors (12-46), in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, also have dropped their last seven at home, the last win being a 109-95 throttling of the Magic on Jan. 18. The return of Draymond Green after a two-game absence should provide leadership and a degree of stability.

The Lakers (44-12) have won six consecutive games and have stated the goal of securing the No. 1 seed in the conference. LA entered Thursday with a five-game lead over the second-place Nuggets.

The Lakers won the first two of four meetings this season, posting s 120-94 rout on Nov. 13 in LA and holding off the Warriors for a 125-120 victory on Feb. 8 at Chase.

 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Lakers

F – Kyle Kuzma

F – Anthony Davis

C – JaVale McGee

G – Danny Green

G – Avery Bradley

Warriors

F – Andrew Wiggins

F – Draymond Green

C – Marquese Chriss

G – Damian Lee

G – Jordan Poole

 

INJURY REPORT

Lakers: F Anthony Davis (L elbow soreness) is listed as probable. F LeBron James (groin soreness) is listed as out.

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (L hand fracture) and G Klay Thompson (L ACL rehab) are listed as out. F/C Alen Smailagic is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the G League.

 

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Lakers: With James out, Kuzma likely will get his seventh start of the season. Another option available to coach Frank Vogel would be to insert G/F Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, three inches shorter than the 6-8 Kuzma, at SF because KCP is a better defensive option against Wiggins . . . Kuzma’s 12.5 ppg ranks third on the team and No. 1 in scoring among LA reserves. Backup C Dwight Howard is No. 2 at 7.7 ppg . . . James has missed only two previous games this season, with the Lakers splitting those games . . . The Lakers are undefeated (17-0) against Western Conference teams away from LA. Their lone loss came at Staples Center on opening night against the host Clippers . . . They average 7.0 blocks per game, with Davis at 2.5 pg, McGee at 1.5 pg and backup C Dwight Howard at 1.3 pg . . . If you’re looking for a vulnerable area, try these two: The Lakers are 14-9 when they shoot fewer FTs than opponents, and they are 3-4 when featured on TNT.

Warriors: The return of Green, who has missed 16 games this season, sends rookie Eric Paschall back to the bench after two starts at PF . . . On the bench and healthy: C Dragan Bender, PG Ky Bowman, C/F Kevon Looney, SG Mychal Mulder and SF Juan Toscano-Anderson. Mulder was added to the roster Wednesday after signing a 10-day contract. He averaged 17.0 ppg in 39 games (34 starts) with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the G League . . . Poole averaged 15.7 pts. over his last seven games, shooting 44.6 pct. from the field, including 23.9 percent from distance . . . Chriss has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 13 games, averaging 14.2 pts. over that stretch on 63.9 pct. shooting from the field . . . The last Warriors rookie to post more than 40 games with at least 10 points was Klay Thompson in 2011-12. With 24 games remaining, Paschall has 36 such games . . . The Warriors have utilized 29 different starting lineups this season, their highest since 2009-10, when they tried 49 starting lineups.

Officials: Ken Mauer (crew chief), Tyler Ford, Marat Kogut.

Why Bob Myers questioned decision to trade Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson

Why Bob Myers questioned decision to trade Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson

Steve Kerr was hired as head coach of the Warriors in May 2014.

Since then, you have heard countless references to the incredible "culture" within the Golden State organization.

And despite the fact the Dubs have the worst record in the NBA right now, that culture remains strong. The foundation is rock solid.

Oh, you want an example? Glad you asked.

President of basketball operations/general manager Bob Myers provided the following anecdote during a podcast appearance on "The TK Show" with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic:

"The night we traded (Alec) Burks and (Glenn) Robinson -- that was a little bit of a gut-wrenching thing for the people on the team. Those guys were good players and good guys and did everything we asked of them.

"And I had a moment, too. I started questioning. We're really kind of ripping our fabric apart here. And (assistant general manager) Mike Dunleavy -- who played 15 years -- said, 'Here's the other side of that coin: The fact that guys are in tears -- and we've only won 10 games or 12 games and don't want to leave -- says something about what you guys have created.'

"So I'm proud of that part ... it sucks to lose. But what makes it good or bad are the people."

Strong stuff.

Neither Burks or Robinson III wanted to be traded. Even when they found out they were going to a contender in the Philadelphia 76ers, they still were upset.

"To play those consistent minutes a night and perform well ... that’s the most disappointing part about coming here is that -- both of us are coming off career years where we’re looking at hopefully big numbers after the season," Robinson recently told Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders. "I know I’ve got a family to feed. So you think about all those things.

"All those things play a role, and then when you come here and your role’s not really explained or you don’t know what’s going on with the trade -- it’s not like it was a trade where you come in and immediately have an impact. It’s a little different, so ...

"This team is full of wings, full of guys who can play. So really, I don’t really understand it. But it’s a business, you’ve got to make it happen and go out and try to do your best every night.”

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It is a business, and Myers and the front office had an opportunity to acquire three second-round draft picks, so they jumped on it.

But the human element is very real, which caused Myers to second-guess the trade.

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