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NBA Gameday: Warriors huge favorites over Bogut, Barnes, Mavs

NBA Gameday: Warriors huge favorites over Bogut, Barnes, Mavs

OAKLAND – When the Warriors and Mavericks come together Wednesday night at Oracle Arena it will be as much a reunion as a basketball game.

Former Warriors Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut, now starting for Dallas, will be returning to the scene of their greatest triumph, as both were members of the Warriors’ 2015 NBA Championship team.

And Warriors star Stephen Curry will go head-to-head with his brother, Seth, who over the summer signed with the Mavericks and has been getting regular minutes off the bench.

Where as the Warriors (5-2) are coming off a win over the Pelicans on Monday night, the Mavericks opened the season with five consecutive losses before earning a home win over Milwaukee on Sunday.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 16

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Kevin Durant vs. Harrison Barnes -- The Warriors essentially swapped Barnes for Durant, a win in anybody’s book. Though neither is the type to openly express a desire to make a statement, both have immense competitive pride. Barnes will want to show well for the folks who cheered him during his first four seasons in the NBA.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery recovery) is listed as out.

Mavericks: G Deron Williams (L calf strain), F Dirk Nowitzki (R Achilles soreness) and G Devin Harris (R big toe sprain) are listed as out. C Andrew Bogut was a late scratch from the lineup (rest). G J.J. Barea and G/F Wesley Matthews are also out.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won three in a row and 10 of the last 11, with six of the wins by double digits.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

1) Bogut -- One of the internal knocks on the 7-foot center was his inconsistency, his tendency to follow a dynamic game with several mediocre performances. He heard the criticism, and he’ll consider this an opportunity to offer rebuttal.

2) Tired Mavs? -- Dallas is missing a significant portion of its rotation and also on the second night of a back-to-back set. The Warriors always want to run and will try to speed up the game at every opportunity in hopes of wearing down the Mavericks.

3) Jose Juan Barea -- The Warriors lost only nine games last season. One of them was in Dallas, and nobody punished them more than Barea. He scored a game-high 23 points, making 5-of-7 beyond the arc. The Warriors will try to smother him.
 

Steve Kerr jokes about wanting to trade spots with Andre Iguodala

Steve Kerr jokes about wanting to trade spots with Andre Iguodala

Steve Kerr has accomplished a lot during his playing and coaching career.

He played four seasons for Lute Olson at Arizona. He spent 15 years playing in the NBA, and won five NBA titles during that time.

As a coach, Kerr has made the NBA Finals in each of his first four seasons with the Warriors, and has won three championships.

If you're Steve Kerr, there aren't many people you'd want to trade places with.

Except, there is one Warriors player Kerr would like to be.

"I definitely would trade spots with Andre [Iguodala]," Kerr said on Friday on 95.7 The Game. "I can only imagine what it has felt like to be Andre iguodala over the last 20 years playing basketball. That kind of athleticism, intelligence and feel, I could only dream about being the player he is."

Iguodala, a first-round pick in 2004, has won three titles with Kerr, was named NBA Finals MVP in 2015, was selected to the 2012 NBA All-Star Game and will have earned nearly $170 million through contracts by the time his deal with the Warriors is up.

So, we can understand why Kerr might want to trade places with Iguodala.

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Kerr was asked a really tough question by host Damon Bruce: Who had the better playing career as an Arizona Wildcat, himself or Iguodala?

"How do I answer that?" Kerr joked. "I guess I did because I was there five years and he was there two years."

Dirk Nowitzki remembers one thing most about 2007 Game 6 loss to Warriors

Dirk Nowitzki remembers one thing most about 2007 Game 6 loss to Warriors

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Saturday afternoon at 4 P.T., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

May 3, 2017 is a special day in Golden State Warriors history.

The No. 8 seed Warriors knocked off the No. 1 seed Mavericks in Game 6 at Oracle Arena to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.

Dirk Nowitzki -- who was named MVP about two weeks later -- had one of the worst games of his career. He scored just eight points and went 2-for-13 from the field.

But it was something that took place off the court that stands out more than anything for Dirk when he thinks about that difficult day.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic has the details:

“Crazy atmosphere,” Dirk remembered. “Crazy. One of the loudest buildings I’ve been in. The fans were so in it, any run they had.”

What does Dirk remember most? The pregame tailgates.

“It doesn’t happen much in basketball,” Dirk said. “Happens more in football, when the fans cookout before. But that was the case when we drove up to the arena two-and-a-half hours, three hours before tip.

“Fans were out there flipping us off, mooning us on our way in. It was crazy. As a competitor, fun to play, but it kind of pushed them to another level. The fans were a big part of that.”

On Saturday night, Dirk will play at Oracle for the last time in his career.

The crowds might not be as consistently loud as they were during the "We Believe" run in 2007, but the man who has scored the sixth most points in NBA history has a lot of respect for the people who have filled up Oracle over the years.

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“Oracle was always a fun place to play,” Nowitzki told The Athletic. “Even in the years early in my career, when the team wasn’t good, I thought the fans were always amazing there. Always great crowds. Always loud when they made runs. A great stop.

“They say the fans have changed a little bit. Because, yeah, obviously the ticket prices are a little higher than they used to be 20 years ago. But I didn’t really notice. It’s still super loud. Honestly, when Steph gets on one of his runs and starts shooting 3s from 35 feet, the place goes absolutely bonkers.”

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