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The Warriors are 3-15, which is currently the worst record in the NBA. They have multiple NBA All-Stars on their roster who are spending more time injured on the bench than healthy on the court. The result is an opportunity for supporting cast players to rise up and lead.

Glenn Robinson III, who already had an increased role this season with Kevin Durant gone and a hole at the small forward spot, plus Klay Thompson being out, gained even more responsibility as injuries kept piling up.

His average so far this season is 12.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in quite a bit of playing time: 31.7 minutes per game.

It’ll be worth watching to see how his productivity fares in the coming weeks.

On the Dec. 25 Lakers vs. Warriors game

At 8 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN, LeBron James and the Lakers visit Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Warriors. Here’s the LA Daily News with some thoughts on the matchup:

The timing of the game is intriguing, given that the Lakers are coming off a week hot with James saying he’d like to play alongside Anthony Davis. With rumors earlier in the month that the Lakers were open to trading for Trevor Ariza and other trade talk rumors continually circling the team, even a regular season game can take on a mountain of seemingly high stakes. It has the feeling of an audition — even if that’s not something the Lakers will admit.

For their own part, the Lakers did their best to tamp down the importance of the Warriors’ game. Both Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said it was just another game, and Luke Walton said he thought it was imprudent to start sizing up how the Lakers match up with the Warriors.

“I never like to put too much importance on one game as far as it shows you how close or how far you are,” he said. “They’re a team that can hit 30 threes in a night, doesn’t mean they’re that much better than you, or we can go up there and win. Doesn’t mean now they need to close that gap to us. It’ll be a lot of fun.”

The only Laker who admitted to looking forward to the game more than others was JaVale McGee, who will be receiving his 2018 championship ring before the game.

Tuesday’s NBA Christmas day action begins at 12 p.m. ET with the Knicks hosting the Bucks.

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Remember guard Patrick McCaw? He got some attention while on the most famous team in the world, the championship-winning Warriors. He averaged 4.0 points per game in 2016-17, and that same number in 2017-18. You probably haven’t thought about him in a while. That’s because he hasn’t been on the court this season. Here’s Yahoo Sports with an update on what the Warriors may be thinking about the situation:

The Golden State Warriors are still prepared to match any offer sheet for restricted free-agent holdout guard Patrick McCaw, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

McCaw, 23, has held out this season and stayed away from the team in an attempt to secure a contract of his liking or in hopes that the Warriors would renounce him, setting free the No. 38 pick in the 2016 NBA draft to sign with any team without restriction.

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DeMarcus Cousins, coming off injury, is now in the G League, only temporarily, for health rehab purposes, preparing for big-time basketball with the Warriors. Here’s the San Jose Mercury News with an update:

With about 10 minutes left in his second practice with the Santa Cruz Warriors, all-star center DeMarcus Cousins threw down a thunderous dunk that gave a glimmer of what could be when he eventually returns to the lineup.

“It felt good,” Cousins said. “It’s all coming back for me, slowly but surely. But it felt good to get up and dunk a little bit.”

Cousins, who tore his Achilles in January, went through a full practice with the G-League squad Wednesday morning, participating in a five-on-five scrimmage that included two six-minute periods. The session was a part of a plan to send Cousins — who signed a one-year, $5.3 million deal in July — back and forth to Santa Cruz in an effort to ramp up his workload.

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Warriors center Damian Jones out after surgery

Warriors center Damian Jones, who suffered a torn left pectoral muscle in last Saturday’s game against the Pistons in Detroit, underwent what the team describes as successful surgery on Wednesday to repair the injury.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Benjamin Domb at Adventist Medical Health Center in Chicago and will enable Jones to begin rehabilitation in six weeks.

According to the Mercury News, “with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins rehabbing his left Achilles tendon, Jones mostly assumed the starting position and experienced varying success and struggles. He averaged 5.4 points, 3.1 rebounds. 2.6 fouls and a block in 17.1 minutes in 24 games, including 22 as a starter. With Draymond Green also sidelined for 13 of the past 15 games because of a sprained right toe in his right foot, the Warriors currently only have fourth-year forward Kevon Looney, second-year forward Jordan Bell and two-way player Marcus Derrickson at the center spot.”

Warriors center Damian Jones, who exited last night’s game with 5.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter with a left shoulder injury, underwent an MRI late last night in Detroit.

It has been determined that Jones has suffered a torn left pectoral muscle. He is scheduled to see a specialist in the coming days.

Jones’ long-term status and an estimate return date will be updated once he has met with the specialist.

 

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Once an NBA player is in his mid 30’s, there is nothing surprising about retirement talk. The only exceptions to that would perhaps be if a player was still at his best yet talking about hanging the sneakers up earlier than expected, or if he was clearly all washed up yet insisting on playing many more years. The extremes. Anything in the middle, there’s no shock. Still, it’s always interesting to keep up with how players feel about their career wrapping up. Here’s NBC Sports Bay Area on Warriors veteran Andre Iguodala, who will turn 35 years old this coming January:

Andre Iguodala is counting down the remaining years of his NBA career. No need to count the days or weeks, because others have been doing that since, oh, about 2015.

“I’m going to be done soon,” he told NBC Sports Bay Area this week. “I could probably play a legit five more years, but I’ll probably max out at three more after this year – maybe three more.

“But if I’m not here, that will weigh heavily on what I will do. I possibly have another year here – if we win. That’s it. I know that. I’m fine with it.”

Possibly? Reminded that he is under contract for the 2019-20 season, at 17.2 million, the final year of the three-year, $48 million deal he signed in July 2017, Iguodala waves it off.

Since joining the Warriors in the 2013-14 season, Iguodala has yet to average double-digit points. But his defense and various intangibles as a veteran leader has definitely been helpful. This season he’s putting up just 4.5 points per game, but also a decent 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 22.8 minutes per game of playing time.

Warriors suspend Draymond Green one game

The Golden State Warriors have suspended forward Draymond Green for one (1) game for conduct detrimental to the team, it was announced today.

Green will serve his suspension during tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks at Oracle Arena.

This post will be updated later this evening with more info.

Warriors exercise contract option on Damian Jones

The Warriors have exercised the fourth-year contract option on center Damian Jones, which is for the 2019-20 NBA season.

Jones, 23, has started all eight games for the Warriors this season, averaging 6.0 points on 77.8 percent from the field to go with 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 16.9 minutes per game. Originally selected by the Warriors with the 30th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Jones has appeared in 33 career regular season games in addition to eight postseason games as a member of both of Golden State’s previous two championship teams.

Under the terms of the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement, the first two years of a first-round draft pick’s contract are guaranteed, while the third and fourth year of the contract are the team’s option.

The Warriors beat the Bulls in Chicago 149-124 on Monday. They had an incredible 92 points at the half to the Bulls’ 50. Klay Thompson scored 52 points and set an NBA record with 14 three-pointers made in a single game. His final stats for the evening: 18-of-29 from the field, 14-of-24 threes and 2-of-2 free throws, plus five rebounds, no assists. An epic performance that served further notice to the rest of the NBA just how scary and powerful this Warriors team is. As if they needed such a reminder.

NBC Sports Bay Area: “Thompson scored 22 points in the first quarter, 36 for the half and 52 points in a total of 27 minutes. He smashed Stephen Curry’s single-game record for 3-pointers in the process when he drained his 14th triple in the third quarter. Kevin Durant and Curry, so tremendous in holding up the offense while Thompson struggled, could take a breath, become gracious teammates and behold the white-hot offensive pyrotechnics of Thompson. “It was an unbelievable night,” Curry told reporters at United Center. “Everything was clicking from the jump. Klay starts off hot and we’ve been waiting for him to shoot like himself. Obviously, he did that.”

NBC Sports Bay Area: Thompson may not have broken the record without Curry’s encouragement. He said after the game that Curry told him at halftime the record was in sight, and that Thompson should “go get it.” “It’s great, it might not last for long though,” Thompson told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Kerith Burke after the game. “[Curry’s] a pretty good player, he might do it pretty soon.”

Mercury News: “Thompson tied for his second highest scoring performance of his eight-year NBA career, trailing only his career-high 60-point effort against Indiana on Dec. 5, 2016. Thompson also set an NBA record with most 3-pointers made in a game (14), eclipsing Stephen Curry’s 13 3-pointers he made against New Orleans on Nov. 7, 2016. The Bulls called timeout after Thompson made his record-breaking 3-pointer for a 113-69 lead with 4:53 left in the third quarter, prompting the Warriors’ bench to greet Thompson at halfcourt with chest bumps and high fives.”

Knicks vs Warriors pregame notes

The Warriors visit the Knicks tonight, 7:30 p.m. ET. Game televised on MSG and NBATV.

PREGAME NOTES

The Knicks enter this game with a 1-4 record. They beat the lowly Hawks in their October 17 season opener, then lost to the Nets, Celtics, Bucks and Heat. The team’s leading scorer has been Tim Hardaway Jr. (24.4 points, 41.6% FG), followed by Enes Kanter (16.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 57.4% FG), Damyean Dotson (14.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 48.6% FG), Trey Burke (11.2 ppg, 5.0 apg, 38.7% FG), Mario Hezonja (10.0 ppg, 37.7% FG), Kevin Knox (9.3 ppg, 35.5% FG), Allonzo Trier (9.2 ppg, 37.8% FG), Noah Vonleh (7.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg in just 17.0 minutes per game) and Frank Ntilikina (6.6 ppg, 36.1% FG).

The Warriors enter tonight’s game 4-1, beating the Thunder and Jazz, then losing by two points to the Nuggets, then beating the Suns by 20 and the Wizards by 22. They’ve been led in scoring so far this season by Stephen Curry (34.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.8 apg, 55.0% FG, 52.4% 3FG), followed by Kevin Durant (27.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 6.0 apg, 52% FG, 25.0% 3FG), Klay Thompson (15.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 39.5% FG, 14.8% 3FG), Damian Jones (8.4 ppg, 85.7% FG), Shaun Livingston (7.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 60.0% FG), Jonas Jerebko (6.6 ppg, 50% FG), Kevon Looney 6.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 61.9% FG) and Draymond Green (6.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 7.0 apg, 37.9% FG)

A FEW THINGS TO WATCH

The Warriors have to expect that Klay Thompson will find his shot sometime soon. And that Draymond Green will pick things up a bit in that department as well. Also, the Golden State center rotation is always worth watching… The Warriors offense is close to the top of the league, but their defensive efficiency hasn’t been impressive just yet.

Playing without Kristaps Porzingis and talented rookie Kevin Knox, the Knicks in general are in a state of rebuild and early this season in particular are mostly looking for stability in the form of learning which young players are worthy of the most minutes… In their first five games the Knicks defense has been reasonably efficent, but their offense is still a work in serious construction.

BOTTOM LINE

The Warriors are really good.

Enjoy the game.

When you think of big game-winning plays for the Warriors, Jonas Jerebko probably isn’t the first name you had in mind. But life is unpredictable sometimes. Learn to accept this. And, here’s the Deseret News reporting:

As Jonas Jerebko was out shooting warmup shots 90 minutes before Friday night’s Utah-Golden State game, all eyes were glued to another guy, one Steph Curry.

Jerebko was all business as he fired up shots from every angle, but he couldn’t help but grin when a couple of women near mid-court unfurled a big blue-and-yellow Swedish flag.

A few minutes later, while hordes of fans leaned over the rails to try to get autographs from Curry as he exited the court, only a handful asked for Jerebko’s signature.

A couple of hours later, Jerebko was all smiles as he of all players was the one who broke Jazz players hearts with a tip-in off a Kevin Durant miss with 0.3 seconds remaining to give the Warriors a 124-123 victory in the home opener for Utah.

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The Golden State Warriors have exercised the two-way player conversion option on forward Marcus Derrickson.

Derrickson joins guard Damion Lee as the Warriors’ two-way players.

Derrickson, who originally signed with Golden State on September 20, appeared in five preseason games with the Warriors (four starts), averaging 14.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game.

Derrickson, 22, an undrafted early-entry candidate in 2018 Draft, averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 32.0 minutes in 29 games (all starts) during his junior season at Georgetown University. He was named to the All-Big East Second Team and ranked second in Big East Conference in three-point field goal percentage (.500 3FG%, 29-of-58 3FG).

Per NBA rules, teams are permitted to sign two players to two-way contracts in addition to the 15-man regular-season roster. Players signed to a two-way contract may accrue no more than 45 days of service with their respective NBA club during the regular season, spending the remainder of the season with the team’s G League affiliate. The Warriors’ two-way players will have the ability to spend time with both Golden State and the team’s G League affiliate in Santa Cruz.

Warriors waive Kendrick Nunn, Tyler Ulis, Deyonta Davis and Danuel House Jr

The Golden State Warriors have waived guards Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Ulis and forwards Deyonta Davis and Danuel House Jr.

Nunn saw action off the bench in three games, averaging 2.3 points in 9.6 minutes per game.

Ulis appeared in four games (one start), averaging 3.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 10.2 minutes per game.

Davis who was originally signed on October 11, did not appear in a game for the Warriors.

House Jr. played in three games (one start), averaging 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 13.9 minutes per game.

Warriors sign Deyonta Davis, waive Will Cherry

The Warriors have signed free agent forward Deyonta Davis, and have waived guard Will Cherry, who was signed to a contract on October 8.

Davis, 21, was selected in the second round (31st overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics after one season at Michigan State. He owns career averages of 4.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 12.1 minutes in 98 games (six starts) over two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. The forward has appeared in 13 games (11 starts) with the Grizzlies G League affiliate, the Memphis Hustle averaging 11.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.23 steals, 2.38 blocks and 27.5 minutes per game.

Warriors sign guard Will Cherry

Warriors sign guard Will Cherry

The Golden State Warriors on Tuesday signed free agent guard Will Cherry.

It’s probably a non-guaranteed deal that will only last during preseason, which wraps up in a few days.

Cherry, 27, appeared in eight games with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2014-15 season, averaging 1.9 points and 1.0 assist in 8.6 minutes per game. The Oakland native went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft after a four-year career at the University of Montana and has played professionally with several international clubs: Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia) in 2017-18; Gaziantep Basketbol (Turkey) in 2016-17; Alba Berlin (Germany) in 2015-16 and Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania) in 2014-15.

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The Warriors are the clear favorites to win another NBA championship, and now they have DeMarcus Cousins on board to help make that happen. But Cousins will spend a big chunk of the season regaining full health. The Warriors have no reason to rush him. Here’s NBC Sports Bay Area reporting:

DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins, the Warriors’ most celebrated offseason addition, joined his new teammates Tuesday for the first official workout of training camp. And he wasn’t exactly an idol bystander.

“He did a lot of stuff before we started at 11,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We had a lot of action on the floor from about 9 to 11. All the young guys were on the floor at 9 o’clock, 9:30, and DeMarcus did a ton of movement stuff, court work, ball-handling and shooting stuff on his own.

“But he did not take part with the team. We’re just taking it slowly with him. But I don’t think it’ll be too long before he’s really taking part in practice. But for right now, it’s important that he gets his full workout.”

Whoa. The word “slowly” should be modified to the phrase “very, very slowly,” with no idea when Cousins might fully participate in practice.

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Warriors hire, promote multiple people in basketball operations department

The Golden State Warriors have announced promotions and additions within the team’s basketball operations department, including a pair of promotions on the coaching staff, elevating Bruce Fraser to Assistant Coach and Chris DeMarco to Assistant Coach / Director of Player Development.

Additional promotions include: Nick U’Ren as Director of Basketball Operations, Jonnie West as Director of Basketball Operations, James Laughlin as Director of Video Operations, Khalid Robinson as Special Assistant to the Head Coach, David Fatoki as Assistant Manager of Basketball Operations, Chloe Walkup as Assistant Manager of Basketball Operations, and Jacob Rubin as Basketball Operations Assistant.

The Warriors have also hired Mike Dunleavy Jr. as Pro Scout and Nick Kerr as Assistant Video Coordinator.

Along with the previously announced hiring of Rick Celebrini as Director of Sports Medicine and Performance, additions to the training staff include: Carl Bergstrom as Performance Coach, Gerry Ramogida as Performance Therapist and Brett Ballesteros as Assistant Athletic Trainer & Assistant Performance Coach. Additionally, Kyle Barbour has been promoted to Assistant Performance Coach while Drew Yoder (Head Athletic Trainer) and Roger Sancho (Assistant Athletic Trainer) return to the training staff.

Dunleavy Jr. enjoyed a 15-year NBA career that included four-plus seasons with the Warriors (2002-07), posting career averages of 11.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 27.7 minutes over 986 career regular season games. Originally selected by Golden State with the third overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, Dunleavy also spent time with the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks. He was named a Second Team All-American as a junior at Duke University in 2001-02 after helping the Blue Devils to an NCAA Championship in 2000-01.

Kerr joins the Warriors after spending last season as Quality Assurance Assistant for the San Antonio Spurs. Previously, Kerr served as a graduate assistant at the University of California, Berkeley, where he played his final collegiate season after three years at the University of San Diego.

Bergstrom enters his first season with the Warriors after spending five seasons as the Assistant Performance Coach for Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps. Bergstrom has held multiple performance roles in sports, from the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks to the Canadian Women’s Olympic Soccer Team. He has also worked with many individual professional and Olympic athletes in full-time and consulting capacities. Bergstrom earned his bachelor’s degree in human kinetics, kinesiology and exercise science as well as his Masters of Kinesiology from The University of British Columbia.

Ramogida joins the Warriors after serving as Director of Chiropractic for Fortius Sport & Health, an athletic development center located in British Columbia, and as a consultant for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. He has been a member of the Canadian medical staff at the World Track and Field Championships (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007) and Olympic Summer Games (2004, 2008) and worked for the United Kingdom Athletics team during the 2012 Olympics in London. Ramogida earned his Bachelors of Science from the University of British Columbia and his Doctor of Chiropractic from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Ore.

Ballesteros joins the Warriors for a second stint after previously serving as Assistant Athletic Trainer during Golden State’s 2014-15 championship season. Following his season with the Warriors, he served as an athletic training intern with Stanford University’s football and track and field programs. Ballesteros earned his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Loyola Marymount University and is currently working on his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Warriors sign guard Tyler Ulis

The Warriors have signed free agent guard Tyler Ulis. It’s likely just a non-guaranteed deal that merely brings Ulis to Warriors training camp.

Ulis, 22, averaged 7.8 points 4.4 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 1.00 steals and 23.4 minutes in 71 games (43 starts) last season with the Phoenix Suns. The 5’10” guard owns career averages of 7.6 points, 4.1 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 21.1 minutes in 132 games (58 starts) over two seasons with the Suns. The April 2017 NBA Rookie of the Month was originally selected by Phoenix in the second round (34th overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft.

On Warriors forward-center Kevon Looney

Here’s NBC Sports Bay Area with a look at what Kevon Looney’s role on the Warriors may be in 2018-19:

On Warriors forward-center Kevon Looney

With new acquisition DeMarcus Cousins expected to rehab well into the regular season, there is open competition at center that includes Looney. Though he’s likely to earn some starts at center, he’s more likely to be used as a reserve big man in a small lineup. His offense has been spotty, but there is reason to anticipate improvement. He’s smart and operates well within the team’s switching defensive schemes, gaining the trust of his teammates. As long as he is healthy, though, Looney will get minutes.

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