Player News - Warriors

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Coach Steve Kerr said the Warriors "need' Andrew Bogut out there.

"When he’s out there, we rebound better and we’ve got a good passer out of the post," Kerr said. "We want to play Bogut more, but he’s got to stay on the floor." He was actually the only player in the positive for plus-minus on Tuesday as the Warriors were destroyed on their small-ball plan. Still, it's tough to count on Bogut for more than 16 minutes in Game 5.
May 25 - 6:50 PM

Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry "may just not be quite where he needs to be" right now.

Kerr said Curry is not hurt, but a previous report said he's playing at 70 percent. In the last two games, the Thunder have put a stop to Curry catch-and-shoot shots with the MVP making just 1-of-10 on those. Maybe the home crowd will help him on Thursday with the Warriors needing Curry to resemble the regular-season version of himself.
May 25 - 3:40 PM

Draymond Green will not be suspended for tripping Enes Kanter during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

Green is just one flagrant foul away from a suspension, but the league has reportedly decided not to upgrade his foul on Kanter to a flagrant 1 foul, meaning he's in the clear for Thursday's Game 5 against OKC. Green has been a shell of himself over the past two games, and he knows that he'll need to come with a much stronger effort during Game 5 if the Dubs hope to send the series back to OKC for a Game 6.
May 25 - 1:34 PM

Draymond Green described the Warriors current 3-1 hole in the Western Conference Finals as "stunning," and acknowledged that he needs to be better for the remainder of the series.

"Right now, I'm not myself," said Green. "I'm thinking too much, and that's leading to all the things that I'm not supposed to be doing. I just … I just have to be me." Over the past two games, Green has not given the Dubs much of anything, going 2-of-16 from the field whilst posting a plus/minus rating of minus-73. Green also appeared to trip Enes Kanter during Game 4, which could potentially be viewed as a flagrant 1 foul, which would result in a one-game suspension for Green. Stay tuned.
May 25 - 10:01 AM

Stephen Curry (knee) is playing "at 70 percent, at best," according to a source of Adrian Wojnarowski.

While unnamed sources dispute the health of Curry's knee, you won't hear Curry, nor head coach Steve Kerr making any excuses. Curry said he was "fine" after Game 4's loss, and Kerr stated that he's "not injured," but Curry's lack of explosion and inability to take advantage of the bigs when they switch on him tells a bit of a different story. To be clear, Curry is in zero danger of spending any time on the sidelines, and the Dubs will need him to look more like MVP-Curry if they hope to secure a Game 5 win when they return to their home court on Thursday.
May 25 - 9:20 AM

Festus Ezeli scored eight points with two rebounds and one assist in 10 minutes vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

Ezeli probably would've played some more tonight because Andrew Bogut was in foul trouble, but the Thunder kept hacking him and he hit just 2-of-8 free throws. The Warriors have been crushed in two straight games and their small lineups haven't been successful, so Ezeli should see minutes in the teens again on Thursday.
May 25 - 12:45 AM

Klay Thompson scored 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Game 4 vs. the Thunder with five rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers.

He was held to four points in the first half and got into some early foul trouble, but his 19-point explosion in the third quarter nearly got the Warriors back into the game. It obviously wasn't nearly enough in the end, as the Warriors were outscored 24-12 in the fourth. If the Warriors are going to take away any positives from this nightmare showing, it's that maybe Thompson will be able build off this momentum for Game 5.
May 25 - 12:38 AM

Draymond Green was held to six points in Tuesday's Game 4 loss to the Thunder, shooting just 1-of-7 from the field.

For the first time this season, the Warriors have finally lost two games in a row and it comes at the worst possible time. As for Green, he was nearly suspended by the league for his kick to Steven Adams' groin in Game 3, so the OKC crowd let him hear it all night. Green hasn't played well in this series and it didn't get any better tonight, turning the ball over six times in 38 minutes with 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and three steals.
May 25 - 12:30 AM

Stephen Curry struggled in Tuesday's 118-94 loss in Game 4, scoring 19 points on 6-of-20 shooting.

He was also just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc with six turnovers, adding five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 39 minutes. As much as Curry struggled, coach Steve Kerr made it clear after the game that the MVP is not injured. "Steph Curry is not injured," Kerr said. "He just had a lousy night. It happens." With Golden State trailing 3-1, they will need a much better effort from Curry for the Warriors to get back in this series.
May 25 - 12:19 AM

The Warriors will not make a lineup change for Game 4 vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr may have considered a lineup change with either Harrison Barnes or Andrew Bogut moving to the bench in favor of Andre Iguodala or Festus Ezeli, but Golden State will stand pat for now.
May 24 - 9:00 PM

Steve Kerr may adjust his starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Thunder, according to Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Media members asked Kerr about a potential lineup switch on Monday and Tuesday, but Kerr would not give any indication whether he's leaning one way or the other. Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut have not been very effective through the Western Conference Finals, and with the Dubs in must-win territory, there's a chance Kerr tweaks his starting five. Andre Iguodala or Festus Ezeli would be the most likely to enter the starting five should Kerr make a change, although if a change were to occur, it’s unlikely we’d get word until just prior to tip-off. Stay tuned.

Draymond Green will not be suspended for Game 4 on Tuesday.

He was fined $25,000 and the foul has been upgraded to a flagrant 2. The NBA likely ruled that Green didn't intend to kick Steven Adams in the groin during Sunday's blowout. Green has a knack for kicking his leg out to draw a foul, so the NBA likely thought it was just unlucky for Adams as Green tried to sell the foul too hard. He'll be in the starting lineup in a huge game at Oklahoma City.
May 23 - 7:14 PM

Steve Kerr said that Draymond Green needs to re-focus himself.

"He needs to re-focus a little bit. He'll admit it. It was not one of his best games. In fact, it was one of his worst," Kerr said. After a total dud in Game 3 with six points, four rebounds and three assists on 1-of-9 shooting, Green has to be a whole lot better in Game 4 assuming he avoids suspension.
May 23 - 12:33 PM

Andrew Bogut played only 12 minutes during Game 3, scoring two points with five rebounds and two assists.

The Thunder went small early and often, and the Warriors' true big men (Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Anderson Varejao and Marreese Speights) struggled to control the paint. Golden State has given up the third-most second-chance points during the playoffs (13.9 per game), and OKC finished tonight's home win with a whopping 21 second-chance points. Bogut's strained right thigh might still be bothering him, and either way it's hard to rely on him for DFS purposes.
May 22 - 10:58 PM

Draymond Green struggled badly during Sunday's loss in Oklahoma City, finishing with six points on 1-of-9 shooting, four boards, three assists and four turnovers in 32 minutes.

The Warriors looked unusually rattled after Green picked up a Flagrant-1 foul in the second quarter, letting a close game to turn into a 25-point deficit heading into halftime. They gave up 117 points through three quarters, the most allowed in a playoff game since 1987, and compounded their defensive struggles with lackadaisical shot selection. The league will likely review Draymond's flagrant, which he earned for kicking Steven Adams in the crotch, so DFS owners should double-check that he's available for Game 4.
May 22 - 10:57 PM


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