Why Warriors have easier path to home-court advantage than Nuggets

Why Warriors have easier path to home-court advantage than Nuggets

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area 90 minutes before each home game and 60 minutes after every game. 
After finishing off an impressive 3-1 road trip against some of the better teams in the Western Conference, the Warriors currently sit a half game up on the Denver Nuggets for the top seed in the Western Conference. The Nuggets have won four in a row, and are right on the heels of the Warriors.

But Denver's road to the best record in the West is going to be much more difficult than the Dubs'.
The Warriors have 12 games left to play in the regular season, with seven of those games coming at home. Obviously, after that bad home loss against the Suns, no game at home should simply be a guaranteed win for the Dubs. But the last few regular season games in the raucous confines of Oracle Arena should still be a motivating push for the team. 
Meanwhile, the Nuggets, who have the best home record in the NBA, have only five of their remaining 13 games on their home court.

Denver has an incredible 30-6 record at home, but a pedestrian 17-16 record on the road. On top of that, the Nuggets also have to play nine games against teams that would be in the playoffs if the season were to end today. Within those nine games are tough road games in Houston, Oklahoma City, Portland, Utah and most importantly, Golden State on April 2.

On the other hand, the Warriors only play four of their remaining 12 games against potential playoff teams. Those four games, against Indiana, Detroit, Denver and the LA Clippers, are all going to be played at Oracle Arena.

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The Warriors surely will do everything in their power to be healthy and rested when they enter the playoffs. That is their top priority, not the top seed in the West.

However, due to their relatively weak strength of schedule, and Denver's tough road ahead, all the stars are aligned for the Warriors to secure home-court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

Andre Iguodala describes Steph Curry's amazing hand-eye coordination

Andre Iguodala describes Steph Curry's amazing hand-eye coordination

We all know how much Andre Iguodala loves Steph Curry.

The former Warriors forward has repeatedly said the two-time NBA MVP is the second best point guard of all-time Magic Johnson.

After Game 2 of last season's NBA Finals against the Raptors, Iguodala said he's all for anything that protects Curry's legacy.

On Thursday morning, Iguodala once again was singing Curry's praises.

"Steph's got something else. Anybody seen The Accountant? Steph's like that. He's good at everything," the 35-year-old said on Hot 97 radio. "Hand-eye coordination. He probably could shoot somebody from 1,000 feet away.

"I've seen him throw darts. I've seen him bowl like 250. Ping-pong. Golf, he could play pro in real life. He can throw a fastball 80 miles per hour, right down the middle.

"He's got this hand-eye thing that's freakish."

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Wait. Steph can't hit 95 miles per hour on the radar gun? Lame.

Also, looks like I need to go watch the movie The Accountant.

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Lakers center JaVale McGee tricks Warriors before dunk in preseason game


Lakers center JaVale McGee tricks Warriors before dunk in preseason game

JaVale McGee pulled a sneaky one from his bag of tricks Wednesday night against his old team. 

In the third quarter of the Warriors' 126-93 preseason loss to the Lakers at Staples Center, McGee began limping and grabbing his left knee. Within about three or four seconds, it seemed his antics became clear: JaVale was faking an injury. 

The Lakers center went from crouched out of bounds to back in play in a flash to catch a pass from fellow big man Anthony Davis and throw down a dunk. McGee couldn't help but laugh at the expense of his former Golden State teammates. 

But on Thursday, McGee claimed he thought he actually was injured. 

After chuckling about the play, McGee told reporters, "I hit my knee, I really hit my knee. And it hurt. I went out of bounds and I saw Draymond guarding AD and I was like, forget the pain, I'm gonna go get these buckets. So I ran back in and got a dunk.

"But I really did bump my knee." 

McGee didn't seem to be in any pain running back on defense, however, only he knows how his body truly felt.

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If he was faking an injury, that kind of tomfoolery might seem illegal at first, but in reality, McGee looks like a genius who perfectly knows the rule book. Section XV of the NBA rule book states: "An offensive player shall not leave the playing area of the court without returning immediately and cannot repeatedly leave and re-enter the court." There are exceptions, though, the first of which comes from an injury. 

While the Lakers have been dominating the Warriors in the preseason, McGee has been catching up on his reading. The Dubs, and the rest of the NBA, surely will have their eyes on JaVale goes down.