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Draymond Green, James Wiseman absent from Golden State Warriors practice

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green and No. 2 overall draft pick James Wiseman missed Day 1 of the team’s training camp Monday.

Coach Steve Kerr didn’t detail why the two were absent but did say they were the only two players not to take the court. Kerr noted that he couldn’t elaborate on what Green and Wiseman are able to do at the moment.

“I will not comment on that any further,” Kerr said. “I’m not allowed to comment on that. You can make your own deductions. I know it’s really tricky.”

Last week, general manager Bob Myers acknowledged without providing names that two players had tested positive for COVID-19 and said they would be out at least 10 days before being tested again. Kerr noted the awkwardness for both coaches and media in trying to give an update on the health of his team without revealing who tested positive.

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“I’m just trying to figure out which one of you has put all the pieces together and figured out what’s happening here,” Kerr said. “I think you guys all got it.”

It’s the same awkward dance that is going on throughout the NBA this season concerning to injury updates and players’ privacy. Kerr knows that the uncertain nature of the virus makes it something that will hover over the league all season.

“This is the nature of this season, so everybody’s going to be dealing with it,” he said. “Every team in the league. I think the way we’re looking at it is we’re lucky to be playing basketball. We’re grateful for the opportunity to compete and play, and any difficulties to the season pale in comparison to what’s happening out in the world, so there won’t be much talk from our end about COVID and the protocols and what it means to our team … What matters is the protocols and being healthy and safe and keeping everybody that way.”

Kerr isn’t worried about Green’s readiness to play as soon as he is medically cleared to hit the floor.

“When he’s ready to go, he’ll be out there,” Kerr said. “I’m not worried about Draymond. He’s got a better feel for what we do than anybody, so he’ll be fine once he gets rolling with practice.”

As for Wiseman, getting him prepared for the condensed season will be trickier. Kerr knows that it will be hard to get the second overall pick in last month’s draft ready after his training camp absence, but he isn’t going to complain about the hand the Warriors have been dealt. “It’s unfortunate, but that’s just the way it goes,” Kerr said.

“Our coaching staff has been showing him tape the last few days, and he’s still getting some homework in between now and the time he’ll be able to play again. So it’s not ideal, but nothing’s ideal for anybody in 2020.”

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Kings send Warriors to 7th straight home loss

The Sacramento Kings came out of the All-Star break knowing they had little margin for error if they wanted to make a playoff push.

Three straight victories to begin the stretch run has them creeping back into contention.

Harrison Barnes and De’Aaron Fox each scored 21 points and the Kings defeated the Golden State Warriors 112-94 on Tuesday night for their ninth victory in the past 13 games.

”It’s a big goal,” coach Luke Walton said about making the playoffs. ”But the way you achieve a big goal is by focusing on the present and what we’re working on, and showing up and playing a certain style every night. If we do that, we’ll give ourselves a better chance to achieve the big goal at the end of the day.”

The Kings still have plenty of work to do to reach that level, as they still trail Memphis by four games in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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But after losing 15 of 18 games during a stretch in December and January, even having a shot at it is an achievement.

”I think we’re playing well on both sides of the ball,” Fox said. ”Things have been going good for us. We’ve been able to get stops when we needed them. … We’re playing our best basketball of the season.”

Buddy Hield made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter on the way to a 19-point night and Bogdan Bogdanovic had 17 to give the Kings their third straight win.

Marquese Chriss scored 21 points and Andrew Wiggins added 16 for Golden State.

The Warriors have lost seven consecutive overall and seven in a row at home for the first time since dropping the final seven home games in the 2000-01 season.

The Kings raced out to an early lead behind 14 points in the first quarter from Barnes and never trailed on the way to their third win in as many meetings this season with the Warriors.

This is the longest winning streak in the Northern California series for Sacramento since winning 15 in a row from 2000-03.

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Warriors trade D´Angelo Russell to Wolves for Andrew Wiggins

D’Angelo Russell’s time in Golden State was short-lived.    

The Warriors traded the star guard to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 protected first-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick, Minnesota informed on Thursday.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the deal.

Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman will also head to Minnesota as part of the blockbuster deal.

The Warriors obtained Russell, 23, in a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason, shocking the NBA world.

The Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers were expected to be his primary suitors.

There were questions about how Russell and Steph Curry would coexist on both ends of the floor, especially defensively, as neither player is stout on that end.

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Offensively, the Warriors figured to work more pick-and-rolls into their scheme to highlight Russell’s strengths, while Curry would be asked to play off the ball a bit more as well, which didn’t seem like a stretch given his effectiveness as a shooter coming off screens.

With Klay Thompson recovering from an ACL tear and Kevin Durant now in Brooklyn, the Warriors had to make the Russell-Curry partnership work. Those plans hit a snag, however, when Curry broke his left hand in late October.

While Russell averaged 23.6 points and 6.2 assists with the Warriors, shooting 43.0 percent from the field and 37.4 from three, he was always an option to be traded ahead of the deadline for a more natural fit as the Warriors attempt to restock for a playoff run next campaign.

He now heads to his third team in the past year, where he’ll bring his scoring and playmaking out of the pick-and-roll. Russell was never a natural fit in Golden State. A change of scenery should benefit both sides.

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Sixers´ Joel Embiid returns from injury against Warriors

The Philadelphia 76ers held serve at home versus the Golden State Warriors 115-104 on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center.

Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 24 points and 10 rebounds in his first game back after missing nine matches with a torn radial collateral ligament in his left hand.

All five 76ers starters scored in double digits. Big man Al Horford was two assists shy of a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight dimes. 

Raul Neto dropped 19 points off the bench, all in the first half.

Philadelphia led by only four points heading into the final quarter, but Embiid keyed a 9-0 run to start the fourth with a pair of buckets and an assist. Philadelphia never led by fewer than seven from that point forward. 

The match was the first in Philadelphia since Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Maria died Sunday along with seven others in a helicopter accident.

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The 76ers paid a pregame tribute by holding a moment of silence and sounding a bell nine times.

In what has became a leaguewide norm since Sunday, the two teams started the game with an eight-second backcourt violation and a 24-second shot clock violation in honor of Bryant’s Nos. 8 and 24 jerseys.

Embiid paid tribute to the former Laker for the night by changing his jersey number from 21 to Bryant’s 24, which he wore in the latter half of his career.

Bryant was born in Philadelphia and played high school basketball at Lower Merion High School in nearby Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

For the Warriors, D’Angelo Russell led all scorers with 28 points. Draymond Green added a near-triple-double with nine points, 12 assists and nine boards.

The 31-17 Sixers have won six of their last seven. The 10-38 Warriors lost their fourth consecutive.

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Timberwolves fall for their 11th straight loss

D’Angelo Russell scored 30 points, Alec Burks had 25 points and eight assists, and the Warriors defeated the Timberwolves 113-104 on Monday night, the 11th straight loss for Minnesota.

“It’s no secret we’re in a funk right now,” Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said.

“Young team or not, we’ve got to learn lessons in this league, because you’ve got to go through hard times to get to where you want to be.”

Draymond Green added 14 rebounds and nine points and Damion Lee had 14 points for Golden State, which won consecutive games for the first time since last season’s Western Conference finals.

“It feels … amazing,” Green said. “I never thought I’d be so excited for two regular-season wins in my life.”

Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points and Jordan McLaughlin had 19 for the Timberwolves.

Jeff Teague added 12 points for Minnesota. The Warriors, sporting an uncharacteristic 7-24 record, broke open a tie game midway through the second quarter with an 18-3 run to take a 53-38 lead.

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Green scored on a hook shot with 2:30 left in the first half to cap the run.

The Warriors opened up a 64-47 lead after starting the third quarter on a 7-0 run. The Warriors led 82-58 late in the third quarter on Omari Spellman’s layup.

Minnesota went on a 14-2 run to close within 84-72 early in the fourth quarter.

The Timberwolves closed to 109-104 with 22 seconds left when McLaughlin was fouled on a dunk and completed the three-point play with a free throw.

The Timberwolves are 5-19 since a 125-119 victory over Golden State on Nov. 8 in which Russell scored 52 points and Wiggins had 40.

The Warriors are playing their best ball ahead of a Christmas home match versus the Houston Rockets that will be seen by a national audience. “We need this regardless of what’s coming next,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

“We just needed to win a couple of games in a row just to get a little momentum and feel good. Christmas is always a special day to play on, you know that everybody’s watching. It’s got a different vibe, a different feel, and our players will be really excited it’ll be good to go into that game with momentum.”

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Warriors´Draymond Green returns from 3 game absence

Another healthy body sure helped the Golden State Warriors, especially when that guy coming back was Draymond Green — an emotional, vocal leader of this young group who brings it on both ends.

Eric Paschall scored 25 points and the Warriors emphatically closed out a tight game after their failure two days earlier, holding off the Chicago Bulls 104-90 on Wednesday night for just their second victory at new Chase Center.

“Having Draymond back was a big deal. He settled us down,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Having nine instead of eight, it matters. You just have more to work with and more options.”

The latest injury news for the Warriors involved their coach.

Kerr cut his right hand breaking a clipboard. It happens at least once a season.

“It’s a mere flesh wound. I broke a clipboard. It’s one of two. I’m allotted two a year. This was No. 1,” Kerr said. “It always cuts in the same place. This was a little deeper one, I was a little more upset. I’m day to day. No stitches yet but we’ll see tomorrow.”

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Alec Burks added 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in just the second victory in 12 games for Golden State, which squandered a late lead Monday night in losing 100-97 to Oklahoma City while allowing the Thunder to score the game’s final 13 points. The Warriors snapped a three-game losing streak.

Green returned from a three-game absence because of a sore right heel and contributed seven points, eight assists and five rebounds in nearly 24 minutes.

Zach LaVine had 36 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Bulls, who now will try to avenge a 117-94 home defeat to the Trail Blazers on Monday night when they travel to Portland to play Friday.

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Golden State Warriors vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Golden State Warriors vs Oklahoma City Thunder

What: Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, Western Conference semifinals Game 4 | Thunder lead series 2-1
When: 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET, Tuesday, May 24
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City

The Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Tuesday night for game four at the Chesapeake Energy Arena

At every turn, teams at this stage of the Playoffs try to use every possible mental and physical edge to their advantage. For the Thunder to take a 3-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in these Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night, its mental edge will be aided most by having blinders on – to focus in on the task at hand and ignore the noise surrounding Game 4.

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The Golden State Warriors need a win here to have any real chance of winning this series. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 112.9 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 104.5 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Klay Thompson is averaging 25.4 points and 3.7 rebounds while Stephen Curry is averaging 25.3 points and 5.6 assists. Draymond Green is grabbing 9.3 rebounds and Shaun Livingston is dishing 4.1 assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 39.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Warriors are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have won 10 of their last 15 road games.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder can get one game away from making their second NBA Finals appearance. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 106.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 100.1 points on 45 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 27.8 points and 6.9 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.3 points and 11.1 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 6.1 rebounds and Dion Waiters is dishing 2.3 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won 11 of their last 13 home games.

Previously: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 63 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 133-105 rout of the Golden State Warriors to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

The Thunder poured in a postseason-high 72 points by halftime and added another 45 in the third quarter, leading by as much as 41 points in a dominating Game 3 win Sunday.

Stephen Curry scored 24 points and Klay Thompson had 18 for the Warriors, who shot just 41 percent (38 of 92) from the floor and 30 percent from three-point range (10 of 33).

Draymond Green, who finished with just six points, earned a flagrant 1 for a controversial kick below the belt of Thunder big man Steven Adams late in the second quarter. The NBA later upgraded the foul to a flagrant 2 and levied a $25,000 fine but did not suspend Green for Tuesday’s game. 


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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Golden State Warriors

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Golden State Warriors

Oklahoma City Thunder (64-30) at Golden State Warriors (81-12)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Oracle Arena)

The Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder do battle in Game 2 at the Oracle Arena on Wednesday night.

The Golden State Warriors lost only once at home before Monday’s 108-102 setback against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

The defending NBA champion Warriors now hope to bounce back from that surprising defeat as 8.5-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark for Game 2 on Wednesday versus the Thunder.

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Game 1:

After a bad first half, Russell Westbrook scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter as Oklahoma City rallied to beat the Warriors 108-102. It marked the first time in the Steve Kerr Era that the Warriors have lost Game 1 of a playoff series. The Warriors led 60-47 at halftime, but lost their offensive rhythm as Westbrook heated up. Stephen Curry had 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but also had seven of the Warriors’ 14 turnovers. Kevin Durant scored 26.

The Thunder will be absolutely delighted with their 108-102 Game 1 win against the Warriors on Monday night. It was a rough shooting night for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as they combined to shoot 17 of 51 from the field, but the Thunder showed great toughness to hang around even when their superstars were misfiring in the second half. In fact, the rest of the Thunder team combined to shoot a healthy 57.9 percent from the field with Steven Adams leading the supporting cast with 16 points which really allowed the Thunder to hang around despite turning the ball over nine times in the first half which put them into a 13-point deficit going into halftime. Westbrook came to the party in the third quarter and erupted for 19 points to finish with 27 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals for the game while Kevin Durant was right behind him with 26 points and 10 rebounds of his own.

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As for the Warriors, Stephen Curry led the team with 26 points,  a playoff career-high 10 rebounds and seven assists but he had seven turnovers, while Klay Thompson and Draymond Green added 25 and 23 points respectively, but it still wasn’t enough as the Warriors went absolutely ice-cold in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter where the Warriors connected on just one of 10 three-point attempts. Credit some of those misses to great defense from the Thunder, but the Warriors really lost their composure and just missed a lot of open shots that they usually make.

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Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers

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The Golden State Warriors travel to the Staples Center to battle the Los Angeles Clippers tonight.

The Warriors continued their undefeated run with a thrilling 115-110 home win over the Raptors on Tuesday. Stephen Curry knocked down five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 37 points while Klay Thompson returned from a one-game absence to add 19 points. The Warriors started the game on fire and stormed out to lead by 63-47 points at halftime, but they would find themselves in a real battle as the Raptors fought their way back into the game by getting to the foul line where they made 30 of 39 attempts. Even with the game tied at 98-98 with 5:28 in the fourth quarter, the Warriors kept playing their brand of basketball and got over the hump to improve to 12-0 on the season

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Meanwhile, the Clippers have lost four of their last six games but are coming off an impressive 101-96 win over the Pistons despite playing without Chris Paul who sat out his second straight game. Jamal Crawford was inserted into the starting lineup and flourished with a season-high 37 points and eight assists while Blake Griffin added 34 points and nine assists as the Clippers rallied from a 15-point deficit to win the game. With the win, Los Angeles improved to 6-4 on the season and 5-1 at home. In injury news, coach Rivers said Wednesday that neither Paul (groin) nor JJ Redick (back) are likely to suit up tonight.

In ATS trends, the Warriors are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record, while the Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings overall and the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings at the Staples Center.

These two teams have already met earlier this season with the Warriors winning by 112-108 back on Nov.

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Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies

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WHEN: 7:00 PM CT

WHERE: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee

Western Conference rivals meet at the FedExForum as the Memphis Grizzlies try to be the first team to beat the Golden State Warriors when they meet in the National Basketball Association.

The marquee match-up is on November 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET.

The Golden State Warriors look to keep rolling after a fast 8-0 start to the year. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 114.9 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 97.1 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Stephen Curry is averaging 32.4 points and 5.9 assists while Klay Thompson is averaging 16.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. Draymond Green is grabbing 7.9 rebounds and Andre Iguodala is dishing four assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 39.7 percent from downtown and are getting 82.3 points from their starters. The Warriors still haven’t lost a regular season game when allowing less than 100 points under Steve Kerr. The Warriors have won 11 of their last 15 regular season road games.

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The Memphis Grizzlies need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 91 points on 40.5 percent shooting and allowing 100.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Zach Randolph is averaging 14.3 points and 8.9 rebounds while Marc Gasol is averaging 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. Mike Conley is dishing six assists and Tony Allen is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing teams to shoot 40.4 percent from three and have given up 100-plus points in four of their eight games. The only bright side for the Grizzlies is that six of their eight games have been on the road, and they did play well against the Clippers on Monday. Brandan Wright is questionable with a knee injury.

The Warriors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Grizzlies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Warriors are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

Projected Starters
Stephen Curry G Mike Conley
Klay Thompson G Courtney Lee
Harrison Barnes F Tony Allen
Draymond Green F Zach Randolph
Festus Ezeli C Marc Gasol
Key Injuries
Kevon Looney (Out) — Hip surgery Jordan Adams (Out) — Knee

Brandan Wright (Questionable) — Knee


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