Player News - Warriors

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Stephen Curry described the importance of being fearless in his shot selection during a recent interview.

"It’s important [to be fearless taking your shots] because you don’t know exactly where you’re going to get your shots from, especially in our offense," said Curry. "Every possession is kind of balanced, so we try to move it around. You’ve got to be ready when you have an open shot and just have the ultimate confidence." The Rockets didn't give Steph much to fear at all during Saturday's Game 3 beat down, as over half his shot attempts were open looks. The Rockets will need to put forth a better overall effort during Game 4 on Monday if they hope to push the series back to Oakland.
May 24 - 4:04 PM

Andrew Bogut praised Festuz Ezeli's effort after Saturday's Game 3 win over the Rockets.

"[Ezeli] was huge for us. He's been playing great all series in my opinion," Bogut said. "He has stayed professional and when he gets limited minutes he stays ready. He got some extended minute [Saturday] and did a hell of a job for us. That's what we're going to need." Ezeli stepped up on Saturday night when Bogut got into foul trouble, playing some excellent defense against Dwight Howard while scoring 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six boards and a block. The Warriors need his size to battle with big D12, and so far, he's gotten the job done.
May 24 - 3:22 PM

Marreese Speights (calf) is making progress, but he will not play in Game 4 against the Rockets on Monday.

David Lee was initially the one getting the minutes with Speights sidelined, but he's nearly fallen out of the rotation entirely during the Houston series. Festus Ezeli has earned himself a nice role off the bench in the Conference Finals, but with averages of just 6.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 block over 13.6 minutes of action, he's not much of an asset in fantasy basketball. Speights is unlikely to be a factor the rest of the way.
May 24 - 2:21 PM

Stephen Curry set the record for most 3-pointers in a postseason during a destruction of the Rockets on Saturday, scoring 40 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and seven 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

The Rockets must have forgot who Stephen Curry is because they continued to leave him open on 3-pointers. He was 3-of-3 from the left corner tonight and is now 91 percent from that area in these playoffs. He's seriously not fair and already has two 40-point games in the playoffs. Maybe the Rockets can guard him on Monday to avoid a sweep.
May 23 - 11:50 PM

Klay Thompson scored 17 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers during a Game 3 win in Houston on Saturday.

The Warriors took some extra pressure off Klay with Harrison Barnes guarding James Harden on occasion. Thompson did have his minutes staggered slightly from Curry and he was able to run the offense more, which partially explains his five assists. We still haven't seen Klay explode and yet the Warriors are rolling.
May 23 - 11:47 PM

Andrew Bogut was dominant during an easy win over the Rockets on Saturday, scoring 12 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, one block and no turnovers.

He fouled out in his 20 minutes of action, but Bogut set the tone in the first quarter with 10 points in the first six minutes. He was also involved in contesting several shots and continues to be a bit of the unsung hero for the Warriors and their tremendous in-the-paint defense.
May 23 - 11:45 PM

Draymond Green was outstanding as per usual during a 115-80 win over the Rockets on Saturday, making 8-of-16 from the field for 17 points with 13 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

He is doing everything and turned in his best offensive game since April. The Warriors are now 55-0 in the regular season and playoffs when they have a 15-point lead. As much credit as their offensive gets, that stat probably wouldn't be true without their shut-down interior defense.
May 23 - 11:45 PM

Harrison Barnes missed all nine shots from the field and didn't score against the Rockets on Saturday, adding six rebounds, one assists and one turnover in 29 minutes.

Barnes has really been great in the postseason, but he regressed back to some of his regular-season ways. He should be able to bounce back on Monday night.
May 23 - 11:43 PM

Coach Steve Kerr said he's not worried about the flight delay to Houston for Game 3.

"We weren’t sitting on the runway for four hours," Kerr said. "We knew the flight was going to be delayed quite a bit, so everybody either went home or went back to the facility or went and got something to eat. I wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been." Stephen Curry hit the driving range and the other teammates weren't held up either. This shouldn't affect the outcome tonight.
May 23 - 7:16 PM

Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets in Game 3 on Saturday.

He is expected to be held out for the first five game of the series against Houston, so this isn't a surprise. With Speights out of the lineup, Festus Ezeli should see around 10-12 minutes per game moving forward. Head coach Steve Kerr did say that Speights has shown improvement, so we will continue to track his progress closely.
May 23 - 10:51 AM

Stephen Curry said after Thursday's Game 2 win over the Rockets that he's more interested in breaking Danny Green's 3-point record than Reggie Miller's.

Curry is just one 3-pointer away from breaking Miller's record for most 3-pointers made in a single postseason (58), but he's more interested in breaking Green's record for most 3-pointers made in an NBA Finals (27). Curry has already set, and broken, his own record for most 3-pointers made during the regular-season, and when all is said and done he'll likely go down as the best shooter to ever play the game. However, the Warriors will need to get two more wins against the Rockets in order for Curry to have a shot at breaking Green's record. Saturday's Game 3 in Houston should be nothing short of spectacular.
Source: USA Today
May 22 - 11:53 AM

Jerry West worked directly with Harrison Barnes this past offseason, and Barnes credits that five-day boot camp for his development this season.

"We'd work out in the morning. We'd get some work in, and then [West would] show up and put me through a workout," said Barnes. "He'd show me stuff he would do, and then we'd go out to eat and talk about what the league is like today, stuff he saw back in the day." Barnes is the only person not named Kobe Bryant that West has personally worked with, and the things they did over the course of the offseason obviously did wonders for his game. Barnes' numbers improved across the board this year, and he's currently averaging 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks on 49.5 percent shooting through this year's postseason.
Source: USA Today
May 22 - 9:53 AM

Andre Iguodala played 31 minutes off the bench and hit both of his shots for six points, two rebounds, six assists and two steals in Thursday's 99-98 win over the Rockets.

Since blowing up for 16 points last Wednesday against Memphis, Iguodala has scored 9, 4 and 6 points in his last three games, making him a pretty shaky fantasy option.
May 22 - 12:05 AM

Shaun Livingston, who had 18 points and a full stat line in Game 1, played just 14 minutes in Thursday's Game 2 win over the Rockets.

He hit all four of his shots to finish with eight points, four rebounds and zero turnovers, but will be tough to rely on in fantasy leagues while playing behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. He's probably got another couple nice games coming in these playoffs, but it will be impossible to figure out when they'll happen.
May 22 - 12:01 AM

Harrison Barnes hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in Thursday's win over Houston.

He missed a huge reverse layup with seven seconds on the clock and the Warriors holding a one-point lead, but James Harden wasn't able to get off a shot against a Steph Curry and Klay Thompson double team that saved the night for GSW. Barnes had scored in double figures in seven straight games, so look for him to play better in Games 3 and 4 in Houston.
May 21 - 11:59 PM


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