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Just two days ago in Sin City, the Warriors succumbed to the energy of the Lakers and their new king, losing 113-123 in an up-and-down affair.
Coach Steve Kerr felt the Warriors may have mismanaged their energy in the first half of this game:
Prior to their first preseason meeting of 2018, the Warriors had a seven game regular season win streak against the Lakers, though the young Lakers took the Warriors to overtime twice last season.
Brandon Ingram had a solid game against the Warriors on Wednesday, going +11 with 26 points, 5 rebounds, an assist and steal in 26 minutes.
Ingram shooting 15 of 17 from the charity stripe is indicative of his ability to capitalize on aggressive play, and it will be up to Jordan Bell, Kevon Looney and Durant to do a better job of slowing him down tonight.
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson will try to improve on their 23 and 20 point respective performances against Los Angeles earlier this week.
Though James downplayed any potential rivalry between the Warriors and Lakers, one can’t help but wonder if the Splash Brothers might better understand the potential of the Bay vs LA animosity being catalyzed by James’ presence and this new-look showtime squad.
Don’t be surprised if Curry and Thompson put in a special effort in San Jose to remind the team from Hollywood about who is king in the Pacific Division.
After missing the last three preseason games, Green is expected to play in the team’s final tuneup against the Lakers Friday night.
“Draymond is doing better,” Kerr said. “He feels good, he should play tomorrow.”
On Thursday, Green participated in the team’s one-hour non-contact practice at Stanford and if he plays, it will likely be on a minutes restriction, according to Kerr.
Green, who injured the knee last week, participated in a solo workout during a closed session prior to the team’s open practice at Oracle Arena Sunday afternoon. During Friday’s 122-94 win over the Kings, Green rode a stationary bike outside the Warriors’ locker room.
Coach Kerr wants crisper play in preseason rematch vs Lakers.
Despite winning three of the last four titles, the Warriors are still held to a high standard, even in the preseason.
So far, the Warriors haven’t quite matched that standard.
In four games, they’ve averaged 19 turnovers and 26.3 fouls per contest, while giving up 40 percent from three-point range. With the season under a week away, Kerr wants that to change.
“Better defense, our defensive effort the last two games has been poor,” Kerr said. “We got to limit our fouls. We’ve been fouling too much, so those are the two things I’m really looking for.”
In the final dress rehearsal, Kerr says he plans to ramp up his all-stars minutes to 30 minutes each, as it will be the last time the team will play until Tuesday’s matchup against the Thunder.
Stephen Curry happy with Under Armour’s latest addition.
This week, Sixers center Joel Embiid signed a five-year deal with the shoe company said to make him “the highest-paid player at his position.” Curry, who joined the brand in 2013, was happy with the decision.
“It’s amazing for the brand,” Curry said of Embiid, who averaged 22.9 points and 11 rebounds last season. “Its amazing for what we’re trying to build. He’s obviously a guy on the rise that has a lot of potential and he’s shown what he’s capable of. I think the prospect he brings to the shoe game in terms of giving back and taking care of the community with this opportunity, that’s something he’s really set a foundation for and should be something our team at Under Armor can amplify. It’s pretty amazing, growing our roster the way we are.”
Embiid’s signing is a byproduct of Curry. When the Warriors’ guard signed with the company it had a small social footprint, with its biggest athlete being then-Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings. Since he signed, Curry has helped the company rack in close to $200 million annually.
“That’s why I joined them.” Curry said. “Because I knew it was all about building and obviously having been kind of out front and center with the UA for five going on six years now, we’ve had a lot of learning lessons, we’ve had a lot of hot spots and starting build momentum.”
Warriors bring in a new addition.
Golden State signed former second-round pick Deyonta Davis to an Exhibit 10 contract Thursday afternoon.
Davis, who averaged 4.3 points and 3.2 rebounds last season with the Memphis Grizzlies, was selected 31st overall in 2016. This summer, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings and subsequently waived. His deal stipulates that he can get up to $50,000 if he elects to join the Warriors’ G-League affiliate in Santa Cruz if he gets waived by Golden State at the end of the season.
“It’s hard to get a big guy in the G-League and a guy who’s recently drafted in the first round,” Kerr said. “We’re happy to have him.”
In recent years, the Santa Cruz Warriors have shown the ability to develop NBA prospects. Last season, then-two-way guard Quinn Cook averaged 9.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds, earning a playoff roster spot and a guaranteed contract for this season.