What makes the Warriors so special? Livingston singles out Zaza and JaVale


What makes the Warriors so special? Livingston singles out Zaza and JaVale

Zaza Pachulia did not play a single second in either of the Warriors' first two playoff games vs the Spurs.

JaVale McGee got the starting nod, and recorded 15 points, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal in Game 1.

In Game 2, he notched 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

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Shaun Livingston wrote a diary for The Athletic on Thursday morning (be sure to read the whole entry), and praised both of the Warriors big men:

"What really makes us special is what we saw from Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee. Z didn’t play a second in the first two games, but he showed all you need to know about him. He has championship pedigree — which means you do what’s in the best interest of the team.

Coach pushes those buttons and he makes those decisions. If it were me, I wouldn’t want a DNP. I’m sure Z didn’t want one either. But instead of being, like, “This is bulls**t,” he made the sacrifice and was supportive of his team. That’s championship pedigree.

You’re playing for something bigger than yourself. I commend Z for taking that backseat and still staying ready, because you never know what can happen.

And the guy who took his place in the starting lineup, JaVale, is a prime example of what it means to stay ready. No matter what, whether he’s playing or not playing, he is the first one off the bench during timeouts, greeting and encouraging his teammates.

Him being able to get his shot now, to see him getting his shine, that’s the story.

When Livingston says "you never know what can happen," it's the truth.

McGee is listed as questionable for tonight's Game 3 because of a left thigh contusion.

If he is unable to play, it's quite possible that Pachulia gets the start...

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

Warriors' Bob Myers recalls NBA draft dinner with 'shy' Klay Thompson

Warriors' Bob Myers recalls NBA draft dinner with 'shy' Klay Thompson

There's nothing Warriors fans love more than a good Klay Thompson story.

So you should thank president of basketball operations/general manager Bob Myers for providing the latest tale.

Either just before or after the Warriors drafted Klay Thompson in 2011, Myers (who was assistant GM at the time), GM Larry Riley and the No. 11 overall pick went out to dinner together.

Let's just say that Klay wasn't very talkative.

"He barely said a word. He barely said anything," Myers told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic on the most recent episode of "The TK Show" podcast. "He's looking down at his plate. Couldn't tell if he was shy, insecure, scared. 

"Didn't have any idea if he could play this kind of defense. Thought he was probably competitive. Put up big numbers at Washington State. The truth was, if you were at that dinner -- and you would have not been wrong -- got up and been like, 'This guy is not ready for the NBA.'

"So you have to factor all that in. And you say, 'Well, does it matter that he's been around it and his dad was in it? How do we make sense of all this?'"

Spoiler alert -- it turned out that Klay was ready for the NBA.

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After Golden State traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks and inserted him into the starting lineup, Klay averaged 18.6 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals over the final 28 games of his rookie season.

The three-time NBA champion is a five-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA selection and earned Second-Team All-Defense honors last season.

Solid draft pick.

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Glenn Robinson III explains most disappointing part of 76ers trade

Glenn Robinson III explains most disappointing part of 76ers trade

Glenn Robinson III did not want the Warriors to trade him.

He loved playing for Steve Kerr and the organization, and was having a career year.

But the night before the Feb. 6 deadline, Golden State sent him and Alec Burks to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for three second-round draft picks.

Through six games in Philly, the small forward is averaging 6.0 points and 1.8 rebounds over 14.6 minutes per night, and is 0-for-9 from 3-point range.

In 48 games with the Dubs, Robinson III averaged 12.9 points and 4.7 rebounds over 31.6 minutes per night, while shooting 40 percent from deep.

“Even when (Golden State) played Philly, I showed them what I could do,” Robinson told Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders. "So to play those consistent minutes a night and perform well ...

"That’s the most disappointing part about coming here is that -- both of us (he and Burks) are coming off career years where we’re looking at hopefully big numbers after the season. I know I’ve got a family to feed. So you think about all those things.

"All those things play a role, and then when you come here and your role’s not really explained or you don’t know what’s going on with the trade -- it’s not like it was a trade where you come in and immediately have an impact. It’s a little different, so ...

"This team is full of wings, full of guys who can play. So really, I don’t really understand it. But it’s a business, you’ve got to make it happen and go out and try to do your best every night.”

Wow. Robinson III could not have been more open and transparent.

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Last summer, he signed a one-year minimum contract worth just under $1.9 million with the Warriors. The 26-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent in July, and he's hoping for a big payday.

Does he feel like he did enough with the Dubs to justify a hefty contract?

"I believe in my mind I did," Robinson III told Davies. "For me and my career and just my confidence -- to have that year with Golden State, I always knew that I could do that in the league, so hopefully that stands up no matter what happens the rest of the season or whatever happens here.”

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