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Nick Young compares playing with Warriors vs playing with Kobe

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Nick Young compares playing with Warriors vs playing with Kobe

The Warriors opened training camp on Saturday, Sept. 23, which means Nick Young has been around his new teammates daily for about a month.

In a recent conversation with The Undefeated's Marc Spears, Young talked about his early days with Golden State.

“Like Kobe, it’s a totally different set of stars,” Young explained. “Kobe, you had to say, ‘What’s up?’ to him and talk to him. He was very standoffish.

"But these guys, once I came in, were already all jelling. It was kind of like family. I was a little nervous. It’s a new team that just won a championship, and it’s a bunch of great players.

"But they welcomed me great, so I thought that was unbelievable right there.”

Young and Kobe were teammates for three seasons in Los Angeles.

In 2013-14, Young averaged a career-high 17.9 points per game, while Kobe appeared in just six games because of injuries.

During Kobe's final NBA season (2015-16), Young appeared in only 54 games and averaged just 7.3 points on 34 percent shooting.

In Young's first regular season game in a Warriors uniform, he racked up 23 points on just nine shots (and was a team-worst -10).

On Monday against the Mavs, he chipped in 13 points (10 in the fourth quarter) and went 4-for-7 from deep.

He's thankful for the opportunity to compete for a ring, and if he gets one...

"I will probably be on TMZ the next day. The celebration is going to be crazy for sure.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Andre Iguodala's status upgraded prior to Game 4 vs Rockets

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Andre Iguodala's status upgraded prior to Game 4 vs Rockets

OAKLAND -- Already bracing for a difficult test Tuesday night when they meet the Rockets in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors may be forced to make yet another lineup change in their effort to take a commanding 3-1 lead.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area Plus begins at 4 p.m. with Warriors Outsiders, with tipoff at Oracle Arena scheduled for 6 p.m. Pacific.

The Warriors have utilized four different starting lineups this postseason, and a fifth might be needed. It’s possible that Andre Iguodala, who has started 12 of 13 games, including the last five in a row, won’t be available.

Iguodala's status has improved, however, to questionable. He was listed as doubtful on Monday.

[RELATED: Warriors brief: Why Jordan Bell is a candidate to start in place of Andre Iguodala]

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 8.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. James Harden: They won’t be assigned to each other, but no two players are more likely to dictate the outcome of this game. Each has experienced moments both shining and forgettable. Once the Warriors established a lead in Game 3, Curry got behind the wheel and floored it, resulting in a rout. Houston needs a Harden takeover game. Is he up to it?

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (L lateral leg contusion) is listed as questionable. G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) is listed as out.

Rockets: No injuries listed.

GAME OFFICIALS

Mike Callahan, Kane Fitzgerald, Derrick Stafford, Sean Wright (alternate)

THE TALLY

Game 1: Warriors 119, Rockets 106 at Houston Game 2: Rockets 127, Warriors 105 at Houston Game 3: Warriors 126, Rockets 85 at Oakland

ROAD TO THE CONFERENCE FINALS

Warriors: Defeated San Antonio in five games in the first round, defeated New Orleans in five games in the conference semifinals.

Rockets: Defeated Minnesota in five games in the first round, defeated Utah in five games in the conference semifinals.

SERIES HISTORY

The teams met three times in the regular season, with Houston posting a 122-121 win on Oct. 17 at Oakland, the Warriors taking a 124-114 victory on Jan. 4 at Houston and the Rockets prevailing, 116-108, on Jan. 20 in Houston. The Warriors have won 12 of the last 15 meetings in the regular season.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE LINEUP: If Iguodala is out, the Warriors have three viable options. Going with Kevon Looney at center seems most likely, but it’s possible Nick Young will make his third start of the postseason. The third option is Jordan Bell, who is inexperienced but the best physical matchup with Rockets big man Clint Capela.

THE START: When the Warriors went ahead late in the first quarter of Game 3, with the crowd roaring at ear-splitting levels, the Rockets cracked a little more each minute. Down nine after one quarter, they never got closer than seven after that. The second half score, 72-42, is indicative of a team that lost its resolve.

WARRIORS D: The Warriors were disciplined in Game 3, during which their defense alternated from sound to terrific. They forced 20 turnovers and limited Houston’s top three scorers to 16-of-45 shooting from the field, including 6-of-22 from beyond the arc. Similar success would practically assure a victory.

Jordan Bell receives votes for All-Rookie team

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Jordan Bell receives votes for All-Rookie team

The All-Rookie teams were announced on Tuesday morning, and Jordan Bell received some love...

... but just a little.

The 38th pick in the 2017 draft got five All-Rookie Second Team votes.

From the beginning of the season though the Warriors' matchup vs the Cavs on MLK Day, Bell appeared in 37 of 45 games and made 10 starts.

[RELATED: Warriors brief: Why Jordan Bell is a candidate to start in place of Andre Iguodala]

He averaged 5.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.7 steals in 14.8 minutes per contest over that stretch.

Some of his best performances:

-Nov. 24 vs Bulls -- 7 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 blocks, 2 steals
-Dec. 1 at Magic -- 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, steal
-Dec. 14 vs Mavs -- 8 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals
-Dec. 22 vs Lakers -- 20 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, steal, block
-Dec. 27 vs Jazz -- 5 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, steal

On Jan. 17 in Chicago, he suffered a bad left ankle sprain and missed the next 14 games.

Bell appeared in 19 of Golden State's final 22 games (2 starters), averaging 3.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 blocks and 0.5 steals in 13.8 minutes.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller