Player News - Warriors

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Stephen Curry scored 34 points during a 106-99 Game 1 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding four rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

He had 13 attempts from deep and snapped a six-game streak of making at least 45 percent from that range heading into today. The Warriors looked like they were going to have one of their patented blowouts with a fast start in the third quarter, but credit the Pelicans for not going away. Now that Curry will be logging big minutes more often, expect him to have plenty of 30-point games.
Apr 18 - 7:17 PM

Draymond Green stuffed the stat sheet against the Pelicans on Saturday with 15 points, 12 boards, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

Up until the last five minutes of the game, Green did a great job on Anthony Davis. Green only played 30.3 minutes per game in March and April, so he's clearly set for a major bump in playing time. He had his coming out party in the postseason last year and he could take yet another big step forward this time around.
Apr 18 - 7:11 PM

Klay Thompson scored 21 points against the Pelicans on Saturday with one rebound, three assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

He missed two clutch free throws late, which statistically only has a 1.4 percent chance of happening based on his season free throw percentage of 87.9. The Warriors only made 61.8 percent from the line today, which is well below their season average of 76.8 percent. Thompson didn't have a great game, but his teammates picked him up. It'll be the other way around at some point in this postseason.
Apr 18 - 7:08 PM

Shaun Livingston played 13 minutes off the bench against the Pelicans on Saturday with two points and one turnover.

Most of the talk heading into this game was that Livingston wasn't going to be in the rotation while Marreese Speights would be, but coach Steve Kerr gave the versatile perimeter guy some minutes. We'll see if that continues, but he obviously won't play more than 20 minutes unless there is a lot of garbage time.
Apr 18 - 7:03 PM

Andrew Bogut played 30 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday with 12 points, 14 boards, five assists, two steals and two blocks.

His help defense was great at times and his presence in the paint on both ends is huge for the Warriors. Bogut only played 23.6 minutes per game in the regular season, but he'll see his minutes rise to 30 now. Subsequently, Marreese Speights could play less and was essentially out of the rotation today.
Apr 18 - 6:57 PM

James Michael McAdoo could spend some time defending Anthony Davis if the Warriors have trouble slowing him down according to head coach Steve Kerr.

Davis is one of the toughest covers in the league, and the Warriors will probably be trying out a variety of defenders on him throughout the series. Regardless, McAdoo will likely have a very limited role in the postseason, but it says a lot that Kerr has this much faith in him.
Apr 18 - 1:55 PM

Ognjen Kuzmic has been recalled from the D-League.

Kuzmic will provide emergency depth for the Warriors' bench, but he isn't going to be in the rotation this postseason.
Apr 18 - 12:29 PM

David Lee (back) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

That means Festus Ezeli should be in the rotation along with Marreese Speights. Lee's back injury kept him out of action on Wednesday and the Warriors won't need him to kick off the first round. Draymond Green's minutes may also go up slightly.
Apr 17 - 5:40 PM

Stephen Curry stated during a recent interview that the Warriors' season will be a failure if it ends in anything less than a championship.

"No one will be happy for anything less [than a championship]," said Curry. "If we don't win our last game this season it's going to be a disappointing feeling, one where we felt like we fell short." The Warriors, boasting a regular-season record of 67-15 are one of the favorites to come out of the West, but nothing is guaranteed in basketball. The Spurs pose a real threat to the Dubs' championship prospects, and while the wins aren't guaranteed, this year's post-season is sure to be nothing less than electrifying. The Warriors' begin their playoff push on Saturday, get the popcorn ready.
Apr 17 - 9:46 AM

David Lee (lower back strain) is being listed as questionable for Game 1 of the playoffs on Saturday.

If Lee can't go on Saturday, expect Draymond Green to get all the run he can handle with Marreese Speights having the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. The Warriors don't necessarily need Lee available to dispatch the Pelicans in their first round playoff series.
Apr 16 - 4:04 PM

Stephen Curry played just 19 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday during a 133-126 win, scoring 10 points with four rebounds, seven assists, five steals and two 3-pointers.

The Warriors finished the season with a 67-15 record, including 39-2 at home. They're the 10th team in NBA history to get to 67 wins and did it with a first-year head coach, Steve Kerr. They also destroyed teams this season, winning by 10.1 points per game. Curry and Klay Thompson also made more 3-pointers this season than five different teams (Wolves, Grizzlies, Kings, Wizards and Hornets). They'll live and die with the three, but they'll likely be living large in the postseason.
Apr 16 - 1:44 AM

Klay Thompson needed just 16 minutes to score 25 points against the Nuggets on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, five 3-pointers and two turnovers.

He made 8-of-12 from the field and all four attempts from the line. It's so awesome to see that Klay usually matches his high usage rate with high efficiency. In fact, in his last 17 games with a usage rate greater than 30, he posted an effective field goal percentage of at least 50.0 16 times. It's kind of crazy how much Stephen Curry is overshadowing Klay.
Apr 16 - 1:33 AM

Draymond Green scored eight points with three rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

His minutes were down to just 20 tonight, which was part of the plan. Green's defensive numbers are awesome this season and he's capable of guarding anyone. Additionally, he's allowed his man to shoot 9.0 percent less from shots within six feet compared to his averages. He'll be a popular Defensive Player of the Year pick.
Apr 16 - 1:30 AM

David Lee (back) will not play on Wednesday and he's listed as day-to-day after having an MRI on Wednesday.

The tests didn't reveal any significant damage but GM Boy Myers said, "It's not like we're resting him to be cautious." Lee may only be deployed strategically in certain matchups during the postseason, so his long-term health is more important than his immediate availability.
Apr 15 - 5:44 PM

David Lee (back) will not play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

He's dealing with a lower back strain and may have suffered the injury during his 14 minutes of action on Monday. Lee wasn't really in the rotation besides garbage time, so there is really not much here in terms of fantasy impact. If the Warriors do limit their guys, James Michael McAdoo would benefit most.
Apr 15 - 2:37 PM


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