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Warriors out for revenge against Bucks, Walton 'all for it'

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Warriors out for revenge against Bucks, Walton 'all for it'

The Bucks dealt the Warriors their first loss of the 2014-15 regular season on Saturday in Milwaukee -- Golden State's final stop on a seven-game road trip.

Less than a week later, the Bucks will face a rested Warriors team at Oracle Arena. Warriors players, recalling a late-game dunk by Michael Carter-Williams and the subsequent celebration, are plenty motivated. And interim head coach Luke Walton is all for it.

Draymond Green to KNBR on Tuesday: 

"They had a little celebration. It is what it is. They won a regular season game. The 24-1 shirts in the NBA store and the streak-buster shirts, I'm not sure if ... that's what I want to promote for my team. But hey, to each his own. I don't really get caught up in it.

"I think Michael Carter-Williams getting a dunk at the end of the game and looking at our bench like, 'Dude, you lost your spot.' It's not quite common that you should be looking toward someone's bench and yelling when you've got some ground to make up. But I love the intensity. It is what it is.

"And they've got to come in here on Friday night."

Klay Thompson on Wednesday: 

"We're looking forward to it, man. They're obviously the team that gave us our one in that loss column. We thought, at the time, they could have won with a little more class -- some of those guys. I'd have been fired up too, so we definitely remember that.

"There's nothing wrong with the dunk, but the stare-down, trying to talk nasty in a game like that. It's like, 'All right, you realize you see us again next Friday, in our building too.' So that's going to be fun."

Stephen Curry on Wednesday: 

"Big opportunity for us to redeem ourselves. Throughout the course of the regular season, storylines happen and you want to get up for big games. They're our next challenge and we remember what happened up there less than a week ago so it's going to be a fun atmosphere. Want to come out and play our game and play with the same energy they did -- even more than they did when we were up there.

"It was a nice celebration. We do remember that stuff. Hopefully come out strong.

"We were kind of just laughing at some of the stuff that was going on. It was a big game for them. Friday will be a big game for us."

Harrison Barnes to 95.7 The Game on Thursday:

"Yeah, it will probably be a long night. We definitely take a lot of pride in the way we play and we didn't play our best game when we went there and played in Milwaukee. The guys are going to be fired up to right their wrong.

"(Carter-Williams) had some things to say. But kinda just chalked it up to that's what he was feeling in the moment. He was excited.

"We'll see tomorrow night."

Interim coach Luke Walton to KNBR on Thursday:

"I wasn't surprised. Our guys, they take everything personally. It's kind of one of the reasons that they're great. The competitiveness that they have. When we tell Draymond, tell the team there's a good chance we don't win 72 games this year, but we don't care about that because all we're trying to do is get to the level where we can win another championship. And Draymond will jump up and be like, 'No, we are going to win 72 games.' Ok, we're just talking here. But they take it personally.

"As a staff, we like it. Because that means when our guys are ticked off, they have their edge. And when they have their edge, they're hard to beat. So if something like that is going to set them off for a regular season game, then I'm all for it."

 

Why Steve Kerr confident Warriors rookie Jordan Poole will get better

Why Steve Kerr confident Warriors rookie Jordan Poole will get better

Jordan Poole is in a shooting slump.

Over the first five games of the season, the Warriors rookie shot 38 percent (11-for-29) from beyond the arc.

But over his last nine appearances, Poole is at a dismal 18 percent (9-for-50) from deep, and just below 24 percent overall.

"Jordan is a young guy, he should be a junior in college and he should be coming into a situation where he's getting shots of Steph Curry or Klay Thompson; or playing behind those guys, learning from them every day in practice," coach Steve Kerr told reporters after practice Tuesday. "Maybe making an occasional visit to Santa Cruz to get a lot of playing time.

"That's how ideally you want to raise a young guy, but we don't have that luxury. So we're throwing him right into the fire. He's working his tail off. He's doing a great job.

"This league is unforgiving for a young player. He's just gotta keep doing what he's doing. Keep watching film and keep learning from his experience. He's gonna get better.

"We have great faith in that because of his ability and his character. He'll get there but it's a difficult time for him for sure."

(Quick tangent -- Santa Cruz could have used Poole on Sunday as the Sea Dubs lost to the Salt Lake City Stars, 102-77).

The 20-year-old went 1-for-8 overall (0-for-5 on 3s) last Friday against the Celtics.

He was 0-for-7 from the field (0-for-3 on 3s) Sunday night in New Orleans, and when it rains it pours:

What's strange is that the Michigan product is getting good looks:

But it hasn't been all bad for Poole.

"The one thing I'm really pleased with -- I think his defense has been much better," Kerr said. "He's starting to understand the NBA game and the schemes and the coverages. The things you have to do as a guard -- he's picking up on all those things.

"His defense is way better now than it was a month ago. That's a great sign and he's gotta stay with it."

Kerr is correct, and here are two examples from the Warriors' loss in Oklahoma City on Nov. 9 to prove it:

Additionally, Poole is averaging 2.4 assists over the last nine games.

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But understandably so, the focus is on his shooting struggles.

"He's pressing. I know exactly how he feels," Kerr added. "I was in a similar circumstance as a younger player -- not getting this amount of playing time -- but my first year in the league feeling like, 'Man, this is totally different from college.'

"This is all brand new for Jordan and we're trying to help him through it."

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Why Draymond Green believes Eric Paschall doesn't know NBA game yet

Why Draymond Green believes Eric Paschall doesn't know NBA game yet

Besides all of the injuries, Eric Paschall has been the story of the Warriors' season so far.

The rookie is averaging 16.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 52 percent overall.

The No. 41 overall pick racked up 30 points and seven rebounds Sunday night in New Orleans, on a very efficient 10-for-17 from the field.

Not bad for a guy who doesn't have a clue what he's doing when he takes the floor (sarcasm font).

"Sometimes he can get a little lost out there, not knowing where to go," Draymond Green told reporters after Golden State's 108-100 loss. "Just trying to help him find his spacing.

"Right now, he’s just scoring off raw talent. He really don’t know how to play the NBA game. As he figures out more and more the NBA game, how to get fouled, he’ll get better and better.”

Paschall certainly got fouled against the Pelicans, as he shot a career-high 10 free throws (he made eight to put him at just over 84 percent on the year).

The three-time All-Star clearly is trying to motivate the 23-year-old and wants him to stay hungry.

Draymond assisted Paschall on three buckets Sunday, and you better believe that he is going to do everything he can to help the rookie continue to grow:

Furthermore, you got to love this aggression:

Paschall probably doesn't have much of a chance to win Rookie of the Year, but at this rate he absolutely will make one of the two All-Rookie teams (quite possibly First Team).

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The opportunities will keep coming.

“Where we are right now, without D’Lo (D'Angelo Russell), we have to continue to find ways to get Eric the ball in different situations,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Because he’s our best scorer.”

We all saw that coming before the season started, right?

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