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Steve Kerr jabs Warriors over lack of rebounding during preseason play

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Steve Kerr jabs Warriors over lack of rebounding during preseason play

The preseason is a time to get back in the flow of things. A time for new teammates to jell and for coaching staffs to iron the kinks in their unit before the games begin to count.

Through two preseason games so far, Steve Kerr's Warriors have had some good (Steph Curry's 40-point outburst vs. the T-Wolves) and some bad (giving up 66 points in the paint to the Lakers), and there a number of things the Dubs need to fix as the season approaches. 

Kerr is concerned with one thing in particular as the Warriors prepare to play their third preseason game Monday against the Lakers: Rebounding.

The Warriors have been getting abused on the glass so far in exhibition play, ranking 36 out of 37 teams who have played in the preseason (30 NBA teams, seven international teams) in opponents offensive rebounds. Kerr jabbed his team over their lack of rebounding prior to the Dubs' game at Staples Center on Monday night.

"We got to rebound better," Kerr said, via The Athletic's Anthony Slater. "There's been 37 teams that have played exhibition basketball in the NBA so far -- 30 NBA teams plus seven international teams -- we're 36th in opponents offensive rebounds. So I told the guys that I'm confident if we box out better we can maybe catch Haifa and pass Haifa and hopefully maybe even get passed the Shanghai Sharks if we put it together for a couple games."

Savage shot from coach Kerr.

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In all seriousness, the Warriors do have some frontcourt questions to answer. Those were put on full display in their first matchup with the Lakers when Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee and LeBron James feasted in the paint.

Kevon Looney is expected to play big minutes at center when he gets healthy, but right now the Warriors are forced to play Omari Spellman (6-foot-9) and Marquese Chriss (6-foot-10) at center until Looney and Willie Cauley-Stein are ready to go. The Dubs are both thin and inexperienced up front and that will pose a problem when the games start to count.

Without a legitimate rim protector and board cleaner, the Warriors have been bullied inside early in the preseason.

Kerr knows that needs to change if the Dubs are to contend with both Haifa in the rebounding category and the Lakers and Clippers atop the Western Conference.

What Warriors do with their two-way players when held out of practice

What Warriors do with their two-way players when held out of practice

Warriors guards Ky Bowman and Damion Lee are on two-way contracts. By rule, they are allowed to be with Golden State for a maximum of 45 days.

Only games and official practices count against the limit, as travel days are not included.

The Warriors have been so banged up this season the team has had to be strategic with both players in order to squeeze as many games as possible out of them. 

For instance, the Dubs didn't practice in Houston about a month ago to preserve a day. On Thursday, coach Steve Kerr revealed that Bowman simply did not participate with the squad.

"He can't take part in team practice activity. So he can be in the building but he can't be out on the floor watching," Kerr explained Thursday evening on 95.7 The Game. "So what we do is we will have him come to the gym either before or after the team practice -- and we're doing the same thing with Damion Lee -- with one of our developmental coaches and get an individual workout.

"But they can't do the team workout or it costs us one of those 45 days."

The rules are quite strict.

"They have to watch the film separately from the team," Kerr said. "That's why we have individual coaches and developmental coaches assigned to every player."

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Bowman already has used up 28 days -- 23 games plus five practices.

Lee only has played in 11 games (plus one practice), as he hasn't taken the floor since sustaining a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand on Nov. 11.

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Warriors' Eric Paschall shocked by how nice everybody is in Bay Area

Warriors' Eric Paschall shocked by how nice everybody is in Bay Area

Despite being the No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 draft, Warriors forward Eric Paschall might just be the front-runner for NBA Rookie of the Year.

The 22-year-old is averaging 17.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting just under 51 percent from the field.

But when he's not working on his game, what's he up to?

"I'm on Instagram, or I'm on Twitter, or looking at memes, or on Youtube just watching anything, or just playing video games," Paschall recently told Warriors radio play-by-play man Tim Roye. "I'm a really simple guy. Or I'm watching Netflix."

And how is the New York native adjusting to life in the Bay Area?

"One thing I definitely like about it is the weather -- it's not too cold," he said. "I've realized everybody is a lot nicer out here. Everybody says hello. I remember in my apartment building, people were just like, 'How was your day?'

"I'm like whoa. This is weird for me, especially (being) from the East Coast because everybody is so uptight. But it's really cool. I like the Bay a lot in terms of the atmosphere.

"The support the Warriors get -- it's all over the place. I like the Bay."

Well said, rook. When it isn't snowing and/or freezing cold, people tend to be in a better mood.

While Paschall seems to have found a rhythm and is comfortable in his NBA routine, his parents still are figuring things out.

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"It's wild now because I've had a few good games and now for them, they're getting a lot of attention back at home," the Villanova product explained. "Everybody knows who my parents are.

"They get questions. They kind of don't even have their own identity. (People) say, 'Oh, that's Eric's dad, Eric's mom.' That's something that they're getting used to.

"But they're enjoying it. They're super proud of me, just seeing how I'm becoming a man and a basketball player."

They should be very proud.

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