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Cavs, Warriors Feature Best Two Five-Man Units In NBA

Feb 26, 2015 1:24 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers' five-man unit of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov and J.R. Smith has been the best in the NBA in terms of net rating at +25.9.

The lineup has played 242 minutes together since Smith and Mozgov were acquired via trade. The unit scores 118.6 points per 100 possessions while allowing just 92.7.

The Golden State Warriors' five-man unit of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes ranks second at +19.6.

The Cavaliers host the Warriors on Thursday.

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Stephen Curry Sits With Ankle Injury

Feb 22, 2015 5:49 PM

Stephen Curry is sitting out the Golden State Warriors' game on Sunday against the Indiana Pacers with a sore ankle.

The Warriors will play All-Star point guards in each of their next three games (John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry.

Curry had a string of ankle injuries early in his career, but has remained remarkably healthy since signing a contract extension in 2012.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

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James Michael McAdoo Signed By Warriors For Remainder Of Season

Feb 19, 2015 5:13 PM

James Michael McAdoo has been signed by the Golden State Warriors for the remainder of the season.

McAdoo, 22, has appeared in four games with Golden State this season, averaging 3.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.0 minutes. He originally signed with the Warriors on a 10-day contract on January 19 and signed a second 10-day contract with Golden State on February 2.

McAdoo has appeared in 26 games (24 starts) with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League this season, averaging 19.3 points (12th in the D-League), 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.12 steals (third) and 2.31 blocks (fifth) in 33.0 minutes while hitting 57.8 percent from the field.

Marc J. Spears first reported the impending deal and indicated it would include a partial guarantee for 15-16.

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Warriors Could Explore Trading David Lee Before Deadline

Feb 17, 2015 3:15 PM

The Golden State Warriors will almost certainly find themselves paying the luxury tax next season unless they unload David Lee's $15 million salary.

Ownership hasn't said a deal to trad away Lee has to be found before the deadline as they don't want to upset the team's current chemistry.

But there are teams interested in working with the Warriors on a deal involving Lee that would see them attach assets along with his contract before the deadline.

The Warriors will have Klay Thompson on the first season of his new contract, as well as the anticipated new deal for Draymond Green.

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Draymond Green Interested In Pursuing Offer Sheet With Pistons

Feb 17, 2015 3:05 PM

Draymond Green has interest in pursuing an offer sheet this summer as a restricted free agent with the Detroit Pistons.

Green grew up in Michigan and played at Michigan State. Green also spent a great deal of his time in Michigan when not in season.

Green enjoys playing for the Golden State Warriors, but he may need a competitive offer from another team to get a fair contract with them.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Warriors, Cavs Favored By Oddsmakers To Win 2015 Title

Feb 17, 2015 12:48 PM

The Golden State Warriors are the current favorites to win the 2015 NBA championship.

More money has been bet on the Warriors to win the title than any other team at William Hill's sportsbook in Nevada, where Golden State is listed at plus-240, or 12-5.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are next at 3-1, followed by the San Antonio Spurs (13-2) and the Atlanta Hawks (7-1).

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Myers: Warriors' Decision To Extend Stephen Curry Was Difficult

Feb 16, 2015 2:35 PM

Stephen Curry has one of the NBA's most team-friendly contracts, but his four-year, $44 million deal in 2012 was a hard decision at the time for the Golden State Warriors.

Curry was coming off a string of ankle injuries.

The Warriors have given extensions to Andrew Bogut and Klay Thompson in each of the subsequent years.

"It never gets talked about, but Curry’s extension wasn’t as easy as everybody says. Bogut’s extension. Klay’s. All these deals we’ve done that I think have worked… You pay a player in the NBA, they’re guaranteed.

"Curry, he’s been–knock on wood–extremely healthy. (But) when we did that deal, he wasn’t. And a lot of people felt, ‘Why are you doing this now?’

"Sometimes the scariest decisions you make are the ones where you’re committing to a player. And people would look at those and say, ‘Those were easy.’ Those weren’t easy decisions.

"Klay might’ve been the easiest decision and you would’ve never thought that. But paying players… you’re putting yourself out there, especially with the injury risk.

"Committing to the players in the organization, which I think we felt really good about because of the character of those guys… a lot of the reasons why teams suffer in the NBA is because you commit salary to players that aren’t worth it and become immovable."

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

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Klay Thompson Signs Shoe Deal With Anta

Feb 12, 2015 7:44 PM

Klay Thompson has signed a shoe deal with Anta.

Thompson was previously wearing Nike shoes.

Anta is a Chinese shoe company that also has Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo as endorsers.

Diamond Leung/Mercury News

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Warriors Feared Stephen Curry Might Need Ankle Reconstruction In 2012

Feb 12, 2015 1:39 PM

Stephen Curry was plagued by chronic ankle injuries during his first few seasons in the NBA.

Following the 11-12 season, there was a serious concern that Curry may need full reconstruction of the ankle.

Octagon's Jeff Austin, remembers it — "hadn't really been done on that type of athlete" and might have forever changed his career.

 

Dr. Richard Ferkel found no structural damage and wound up cleaning out loose debris and scar tissue. Curry would be back within three to four months. Later that day, the Golden State Warriors issued a statement that offered only subtle hints about the significance of it all.

"The surgery went about as well as we could have hoped for entering the procedure," Ferkel said in the statement. "We were pleased that the surgery was limited to simply a cleaning out procedure and I anticipate that he'll be ready before the start of training camp."

Sam Amick/USA Today

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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense

Feb 12, 2015 12:50 PM

The Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers enter the All-Star break as the only three teams in the NBA ranked in the top-10 in both offense and defense.

Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

The Chicago Bulls ranked second in defensive efficiency last season and 28th on offense, but they are currently 9th on offense and just 13th on defense.

Teams that contend for a championship in the NBA typically are in the top-10 in both categories, or are particularly dominant on one end of the floor.

The current top-10 in efficiency differential consists of the Warriors, Hawks, Clippers, Mavericks, Blazers, Grizzlies, Raptors, Spurs, Rockets and Cavaliers.

The old/young distinction is based on the average age of players who play 15 or more minutes per game.

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Kerr To Start Klay Thompson, James Harden For ASG
Steve Kerr will start Klay Thompson and James Harden for the injured Blake Griffin and Kobe Bryant.

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Kerr Credits D'Antoni, Popovich, Spoelstra For Improving NBA Offenses
Steve Kerr points to the way Mike D'Antoni shook up the way rosters were constructed after first making a name for himself in Europe, by “playing smaller guys at the 4."

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Mike Budenholzer, Steve Kerr Named NBA Coaches Of Month For January
Mike Budenholzer guided the Hawks to a 17-0 record in January while Steve Kerr's Warriors went 12-3.

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Warriors Prepared To Pay Luxury Tax Next Season
Joe Lacob expects the luxury tax to be an issue for likely just one season.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

James Michael McAdoo To Sign Second 10-Day Contract With Warriors
James Michael McAdoo has reached agreement to sign a second 10-day contract with the Warriors on Monday, a league source told RealGM's Shams Charania.

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James Michael McAdoo Returning To D-League
James Michael McAdoo has averaged 4.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 6.5 minutes over three games with the Warriors.

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

Warriors Assign Festus Ezeli To D-League, Recall Ognjen Kuzmic
Festus Ezeli has missed Golden State’s last 16 games (since December 25) due to a left ankle sprain.

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Splash Brothers To Headline Three-Point Contest
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews and J.J. Redick will participate.

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Klay Thompson, LeBron James Named NBA Players Of The Week
Klay Thompson scored a record 37 points in the third quarter of Friday's game, finishing with 52 overall.

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Thompson Sets NBA Record For Most Points In A Quarter
Klay Thompson scored 37-points in the third quarter, on his way to scoring 52-points on Friday night.

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Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry Headline 2015 NBA All-Star Starters
Stephen Curry was the leading vote-getter for the NBA 2015 All-Star Game, beating LeBron James.

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Budenholzer, Kerr To Coach All-Star Game
The Hawks and Warriors have each clinched the best record in their respective conferences for games played through Feb. 1.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

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James Michael McAdoo Agrees To Sign 10-Day Contract With Warriors
James Michael McAdoo also considered a 10-day contract with the Grizzlies.

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James Michael McAdoo Considering 10-Day Contract With Warriors, Grizzlies
James Michael McAdoo is also weighing interest from other clubs.

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Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson Named NBA Players Of Week
Kemba Walker and Klay Thompson have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played Jan. 5 through Jan. 11.

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Marreese Speights Had Gun Pulled On Him Outside SF Nightclub
There was an attempt to steal Marreese Speights’ gold chains but he successfully ran away.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Thompson Credits Trying To Keep Up With Curry For Improvement In Offense
There have seemingly been more elements of Stephen Curry's game in Klay Thompson.

Jonathan Abrams/Grantland

Kerr Wants Warriors To Be Preemptive In Avoiding Playoff Pain
Steve Kerr understands the history of the NBA includes teams needing multiple playoffs to break through.

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

Draymond Green: Warriors 'Too Nice' In Loss To Clippers
The Warriors scored just 86 points on 80 shots.

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