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Warriors' valuation now at $4.3B, up $800M in latest Forbes report

Warriors' valuation now at $4.3B, up $800M in latest Forbes report

The Warriors keep losing on the court this season, but that hasn't stopped the wins off of it. 

According to the latest Forbes valuations released Tuesday, the Warriors now are worth $4.3 billion, the third-most valuable NBA team behind the New York Knicks ($4.6 billion) and Los Angeles Lakers ($4.4 billion). These three teams are the only such to eclipse $4 billion in the NBA. 

The Warriors' one-year change has increased by $800 million. In February of 2019, Golden State came in at $3.5 billion. Their 23-percent rise over one year is second to just the Toronto Raptors, who have risen 25 percent to $2.1 billion. 

It's safe to say Joe Lacob, Peter Guber and the rest of their ownership group made a sound investment when they purchased the Warriors in November 2010. The price for the team? $450 million. 

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In the last decade, the Warriors' valuation has spiked by well over 1,000 percent

Golden State has the worst record in the NBA this season at 12-42. It's clear, however, they're finding wins in many other ways.

Watch Steph Curry impress in sharp pre-game warm-up as return nears

Watch Steph Curry impress in sharp pre-game warm-up as return nears

Steph Curry didn't take the floor during the Warriors' loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. 

The injured Golden State star did beforehand, however, looking game-ready as he went through a pre-game workout. 

Curry hasn't played since breaking his left hand on Oct. 30. He was cleared for contact in practices Saturday, scrimmaging with his teammates for the first time since picking up the injury and subsequently undergoing two surgeries. The 31-year-old said Saturday that lingering nerve damage in his left hand has taken some getting used to, but that he is targeting a March 1 return

Former Warriors Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin dealt with the same injury during their NBA careers. Mullin had three separate hand surgeries during his, and he said Curry's biggest adjustment will come from playing with his teammates again.

"He practices at game pace," Mullin said of Curry on Sunday during Warriors Pregame Live. "He takes game shots all the time. His fitness will be there. It's (about) getting acclimated to the players around him, finding the spacing and the timing."

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Though Curry didn't injure his dominant hand, he relies on his left a lot to pass and when he finishes at the rim. He won't lose trust in his shot, but Richmond thinks the two-time MVP has to ensure  

"I went through that same injury [and so did] Mully," Richmond said Sunday. "It's all about confidence when you come back. ... I think, for him, he wants to find that confidence that it can be hit, and then he can come back from it." 

The Warriors owned the NBA's worst record after Sunday's loss, which clinched their third losing streak of six games or more. Curry's return won't lift Golden State out of the league's cellar, but it undoubtedly will lift his teammates' spirits in an otherwise dreary season.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 115-101 loss to Pelicans

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Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 115-101 loss to Pelicans

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors haven't done much winning this season inside their plush new basketball palace. They didn't bother changing their fortunes at Chase Center on Sunday night, losing 115-101 to Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans (25-32) won the season series for the first time since 2012, back when New Orleans' team was nicknamed the Hornets. Williamson, last year's No. 1 overall draft pick, scored 28 points, and the Pelicans outscored the Warriors 69-45 in the second half.

The Warriors (12-45) were plagued by a regressive performance by Andrew Wiggins, overshadowing impressive nights from rookies Juan Toscano-Anderson (16 points, eight rebounds) and Jordan Poole (19 points, five assists and four rebounds).

Here are three takeaways from the Warriors' sixth consecutive loss.

D-Lee shines

The Warriors signed Damion Lee to a multiyear deal last month, partly because of his ability to score in bunches. He got back to that Sunday night, scoring 22 points (15 in the first quarter). The Warriors ultimately built a 10-point halftime lead on the back of Lee's strong first half.

The former G Leaguer is in the middle of a solid stretch. Lee had scored 14 points per game (on 46 percent shooting) in his last eight appearances entering the night. Sunday was reminiscent of his first three months of the season, when he routinely carried the Warriors' offense with injured stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson sitting on the sideline.

Lee's game is evident, and he is in the Warriors' plans this season and beyond. He provided more evidence of why he's so valued Sunday.

Wiggins struggles

Wiggins exceeded expectations during his first four games with the Warriors, shooting nearly 60 percent from the field during that time. The 25-year-old wasn't as effective against the Pelicans, though, finishing with just eight points on just 3-of-16 shooting from the field. 

It was a big drop-off, mirroring much of his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was criticized for bad mid-range shots and an aloof presence on the floor, and those bad habits crept into his game Sunday.

Warriors personnel have raved about Wiggins' fit in their system since he arrived, vowing to help improve his reputation around the NBA. While both sides have gotten off to a good start in their relationship, Sunday's performance served as a reminder of the work that still needs to be done.

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Bender's debut a mixed bag

Dragan Bender officially signed a 10-day contract with the Warriors on Sunday, and churned out a lukewarm performance in his debut. He finished with just six points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field in 20 minutes.

Though his shot was off, Bender did show bright spots, including a defensive sequence in which he blocked Williamson at the rim and triggered a fast break on the other end.

Despite the performance, Bender has qualities that the Warriors find intriguing. The 7-footer shot 39 percent from 3-point range in the G League, earning a contract from the Warriors. However, Bender is on his last chance after the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks cut him within the last year. He now has just over a week to prove his worth.