Justin Holiday - #7 - Small Forward - 6'6" - 185lbs
News: Holiday scored a team-high 18 points (7-of-13 FG, 4-of-8 3Pt) with two rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot in Sunday's preseason loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Holiday's working on a non-guaranteed contract and Sunday's game was a chance for the reserves to make a case as head coach Steve Kerr rested or limited several starters. The young guard, who was a star in the summer league, had been pressing and missing his looks to this point in the preseason. Kerr likes that he's not just a catch-and-shoot guy, but the reality is that there's one spot available for four guys.
News: Nedovic started at point guard in Sunday's loss to the Rockets. He scored 16 points (6-of-10 FG, 1-of-2 3Pt, 3-of-3 FT) with one rebound and five assists in 23 minutes.
Impact: Head coach Steve Kerr rested his starting backcourt, so playing time was available for Nedovic, whose regular-season role is not quite defined at this point.
News: Kuzmic returned to the lineup Sunday after being rested for one preseason game. He scored seven points with four rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes in a loss to Houston.
Impact: Kuzmic has had some nice moments during the preseason while competing for backup minutes at center. He's got some offense to his game, but can be slow defensively. With word the Festus Ezeli (shin) has been practicing and is expected to play in games this week, the competition for Andrew Bogut's backup will heat up in the final week of training camp.
News: Speights returned to the Warriors after missing one preseason game for personal reasons. He played 13 minutes, scoring four points with five rebounds in a loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Head coach Steve Kerr rested several key players, including first-quarter-only minutes for frontcourt mainstays Andrew Bogut and David Lee, so there was playing time available for Speights and rest of of the bench.
News: Speights (personal) has rejoined the Warriors in Texas and will be available for Sunday's preseason game against the Rockets, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Speights momentarily left the Warriors to attend his grandfather's funeral, but should be available in full capacity moving forward.
News: Rush will not play in the second half of Sunday's preseason game due to lower back spasms, Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Rush tried to play Sunday despite injuring his back in Friday's game, but it appears he is still experiencing soreness in the area. Consider Rush day-to-day for the time being.
News: Thompson (rest) won't play in Sunday's preseason game against the Rockets, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Thompson will get the day off so he enters the start of the regular season as fresh as possible. The Warriors have upcoming preseason games Tuesday and Friday which allow Thompson to get a few reps before they visit Sacramento on Oct. 29 to start the regular season.
News: Curry (rest) won't play in Sunday's preseason game against the Rockets, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: The Warriors want to keep Curry fresh heading into the start of the regular season, so giving him rest Sunday isn't alarming. Curry's career continues to trend upward and he should be taken in the first round of virtually every league with standard scoring.
News: Ezeli (leg) has progressed enough to play in the Warriors' upcoming preseason games on Tuesday and Friday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Ezeli recently returned to practice for the first time in two weeks and proclaims that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season on Oct. 29 against the Kings. Despite his optimism, Ezeli's successful participation in the Warriors' upcoming preseason games will be the ultimate determinant if he'll be ready for the regular season.
News: Kuzmic did not play in Friday night's preseason game against the Heat, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Head coach Steve Kerr explained the call to sit Kuzmic as a matchup decision. He felt Miami's Chris Bosh was too quick for Kuzmic.
News: Speights is not with the Warriors after heading home to be with family for the death of his grandfather, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Speights was not available to play Friday night against Miami.
News: Rush, who left Friday night's preseason game with a lower-back injury, practiced Saturday and said he was fine, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Rush said he initially hurt the back a few weeks ago while lifting weights and it got a little tight on him Friday.
News: Bogut returned to the lineup Friday night after sitting the first game of a back-to-back set. He scored one point (0-of-2 FG, 1-of-4 FT) with four rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a blocked shot in a loss to the Heat.
Impact: Through four preseason games, Bogut has compiled 17 assists. Head coach Steve Kerr's plan to give the center more touches in the new offense is evident so far in the preseason. On Friday, those touches didn't translate into shot attempts, but he was able to set up David Lee (11-of-11) for a number of in-close buckets.
News: Lee scored 24 points on 11-of-11 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line in Friday night's preseason loss to Miami. He added six rebounds and an assist.
Impact: The Warriors' new ball-motion offense can sometimes benefit one player more than others and on Friday, that player was Lee. He had been working on his mid-range game in the offseason, but never needed it Friday, instead scoring on a variety of near-the-rim looks.
News: Iguodala was in the starting lineup for Friday night's preseason loss to the Heat. He played 12 minutes, all in the first quarter, and sat for the remainder of the game.
Impact: Head coach Steve Kerr has been experimenting with Iguodala coming off the bench, and that's still the case even with the starting assignment Friday. The Warriors were considering sitting Iguodala for this game, the second of a back-to-back set, but Iguodala had several family members and friends in attendance. The start was a way to let him perform in front of them and get him out of the game quickly.
News: Rush left Friday's game with lower-back spasms and will not return.
Impact: He should be considered day-to-day for now, but with a few days off, he should be able to get right for the start of the regular season.
News: Iguodala may come off the bench this season, the San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons reports. "I don't know if he's going to start, but I know he's going to be in there for us at the end (of games)," coach Steve Kerr said.
Impact: The 32.4 minutes per game Iguodala saw last season was the lowest mark of his 10-year NBA career, and there's a chance he could see closer to 30 minutes per game this season. However, if he comes off the bench, there's a chance that could actually increase his offensive counting stats slightly, as he could be a big part of the second team offense. If he does end up being the team's sixth man, Harrison Barnes would jump into the starting lineup.
News: Bogut will stay on the floor late in games, according to head coach Steve Kerr, CSN Bay Area reports. "I'm not planning to take him out," Kerr said. "We need him on the floor. He's one of our best players. I'm going to have him out there. I'm confident that he'll make enough (free throws) that it won't matter."
Impact: This reverses a tactic employed by former head coach Mark Jackson, who often sat Bogut in close games late due to the center's troubles at the free-throw line. Bogut is a career 56-percent shooting from the line.
Draymond Green - #23 - Small Forward - 6'7" - 230lbs
News: Green started at power forward in place of a resting David Lee in Thursday night's preseason win over Denver. He had nine points (4-of-6 FG, 1-of-2 FT) with four rebounds and an assist in 26 minutes.
Impact: It's notable that head coach Steve Kerr went unconventional with the 6-foot-7 Green instead of the 6-foot-10 Marreese Speights at the four. We expect to see Green getting the majority of backup minutes at power forward this season.
News: Lee was given the night off Thursday, the first of a back-to-back set, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Lee is expected back in the lineup for Friday night's preseason game to be played in Kansas City against the Heat.
News: Kuzmic started at center and scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting with four rebounds and an assist in 17 minutes in Thursday's preseason win over Denver.
Impact: Andrew Bogut was given the night off on the first of a back-to-back set, so we got a look at Kuzmic, who was quite good and directed the defense when on the floor. While the Warriors wait for Festus Ezeli (shin) to return as Bogut's backup, maybe they already have a healthy backup with Kuzmic.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lee will not play in Thursday's preseason contest against the Nuggets in Des Moines, the San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons reports.
Impact: The team didn't list a reason for his absence, so it's likely nothing more than a day of rest on the first night of a back-to-back. Draymond Green will get the start in his place Thursday, and Lee should be considered questionable for Friday's matchup with Miami in Kansas City.
News: Barnes will start at small forward in Thursday's preseason game versus the Nuggets, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Barnes started Golden State's most recent preseason outing, when Andre Iguodala came off the bench in his first game with a broken nose. However, since then, new coach Steve Kerr has mentioned his interest in experimenting further with Barnes as the Warriors' starting small forward. Doing so would allow Iguodala to serve as the team's sixth man in a point-forward role while Shaun Livingston (toe) remains sidelined. Furthermore, Barnes has excelled in a starting role over his first two seasons, but Iguodala's addition last summer often relegated Barnes to a less effective reserve spot. As a result, it should be worthwhile to monitor how Kerr manages both Barnes' and Iguodala's roles for the remainder of the preseason.
News: Kuzmic will start at center against Denver on Thursday night in place of a resting Andrew Bogut, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Bogut's getting a night off in the first of a back-to-back preseason set. Kuzmic has been getting a steady dose of minutes in reserve of Bogut this preseason while Festus Ezeli (shin) remains unavailable.
News: Bogut will be held out of Thursday night's preseason game against the Nuggets, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Head coach Steve Kerr will give Bogut a precautionary break on the first night of a back-to-back preseason set. Ognjen Kuzmic will start at center.
News: Iguodala will come off the bench for a second straight preseason game Thursday night against the Nuggets, CSN Bay Area reports. Harrison Barnes will start a second straight game at small forward.
Impact: Head coach Steve Kerr opted to bring Iguodala off the bench last Sunday to ease him into the lineup in the first game after he suffered a broken nose. However, it may have been a revelatory break. Iguodala was masterful as a point-forward on the second unit, dishing out eight assists without a turnover. The talk now is of Iguodala filling a similar role while Shaun Livingston (toe) remains out.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ezeli (shin) practiced for the first time in two weeks Tuesday, Monte Poole of CSN reports.
Impact: Ezeli donned a brace for practice but was able to move around well and participated in wind sprints at the end of practice. Coach Steve Kerr said Ezeli will sit out the team's upcoming three-game road swing, which begins Thursday and concludes Sunday, but he's progressing well and should be back in the mix in the near future.
News: Curry scored a game-high 25 points (8-of-11 FG, 4-of-7 3Pt, 5-of-5 FT) with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and a blocked shot in Sunday night's preseason win over the Lakers.
Impact: After a relatively quiet opener to the preseason, Curry has poured in 45 points while hitting 7-of-11 from three-point range in two wins over the Lakers. In three preseason games, he's made 21 trips to the free-throw line. If Curry were to average seven free-throw attempts per game, he would be among the league leaders in that category.
Shaun Livingston - #34 - Guard - 6'7" - 182lbs
News: Livingston still does not have a definite target date for his return from toe surgery, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "To me, it's unrealistic to think we can just throw Shaun out there. At this point, he hasn't played basketball since the playoffs, and he probably needs a couple of weeks on the court practicing with us and getting his legs underneath him," said head coach Steve Kerr.
Impact: Kerr was responding to questions about Livingston possibly returning in time for the regular season. He's not sounding optimistic. As preparation for a lineup without Livingston, Kerr used Andre Iguodala off the bench as a facilitator in Sunday night's preseason win over the Lakers.
News: Barnes (shoulder) started at small forward in Sunday's preseason game against the Lakers, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He had suffered a minor shoulder injury during Thursday night's preseason game.
Impact: Barnes scored eight points (4-of-7 FG, 0-of-2 FT) with three rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two steals in the win. Head coach Steve Kerr's decision to start Barnes was in part due to regular starter Andre Iguodala's broken nose, but it also gave him a look at both players in different roles. Overall in his two NBA seasons, Barnes has been a better producer when playing with the starting five, but that's unlikely to be the case in 2014-15. He'll need to learn how to impact games from the bench.
News: Iguodala (broken nose) played 21 minutes in Sunday night's preseason game against the Lakers with a mask to protect his broken nose, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He finished with four points (2-of-6 FG, 0-of-2 3Pt), two rebounds and a game-high eight assists, but was not in the starting lineup.
Impact: Head coach Steve Kerr said he wanted to get a look at Iguodala with the second unit, while also seeing Harrison Barnes with the starters. Iguodala worked well on the reserves, particularly as a facilitator, something that might come in handy while backup point guard Shaun Livingston remains out indefinitely with a toe injury. The presumption here is that Iguodala will be the starting small forward when the regular season begins, but Livingston's absence might lead Kerr to juggle his rotations a bit to ensure a ballhandler, like Iguodala, is on the court when the second unit takes the floor.
News: Bogut (hip) played in Sunday night's preseason game against the Lakers. He finished with three points (1-of-2 FG, 1-of-4 FT) with seven rebounds, four assists and a steal in 21 minutes.
Impact: Bogut tweaked the hip during Thursday night's preseason win over the Lakers, but it was not considered serious at the time.
News: Bogut hurt his hip during Thursday night's preseason game against the Lakers, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: The injury does not sound serious as Bogut said he'll be playing Sunday night when the Warriors and Lakers meet for a second time in four days.
Draymond Green - #23 - Small Forward - 6'7" - 230lbs
News: Green has attempted 16 shots, eight of them from three-point range, in the first two preseason games. He's scored 21 points in 44 minutes in wins over the Clippers and Lakers.
Impact: Green worked on his jump shot over the summer with the notion he'd be getting some playing time as a stretch four in 2013-14. Preseason numbers should never be held as gospel, but Green is putting his offseason training into game action. After averaging just two three-pointers per game last season, Green has hoisted four per game in the preseason. Whatever Green's role eventually becomes, he'll be a piece in the rotation that's capable of modest production in several categories.
News: Kuzmic has played 33 minutes in the first two preseason games. He has eight points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals in wins over the Clippers and Lakers.
Impact: Whether Kuzmic has a role once the regular season starts is an open question, but the Warriors' depth in the front court is thin, as Festus Ezeli deals with shin inflammation and Marreese Speights (13 minutes) appears to be unwanted. Once the regular season kicks in, we may see a steady dose of David Lee at backup center with Draymond Green filling in at the four. Or maybe, just maybe, the Warriors feel Kuzmic can give them 10 serviceable minutes a night.
Jason Kapono - #28 - Guard-Forward - 6'8" - 215lbs
News: Kapono made his Golden State debut in Thursday night's preseason game against the Lakers.
Impact: Kapono scored seven points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 at the free-throw line. The three-point marksman made 1-of-2 from long distance. He's working on a training-camp deal so there are no guarantees he's on the opening-night roster.
Leandro Barbosa - #19 - Guard - 6'3" - 194lbs
News: Barbosa did not play in Thursday night's preseason game against the Lakers.
Impact: Barbosa had eight points in 18 minutes in Tuesday's preseason opener before Thursday's DNP. The minutes he got Tuesday went to Brandon Rush (16 minutes, eight points) on Thursday.
News: Rush scored eight points on 3-of-7 shooting with four rebounds in 16 minutes in Thursday night's preseason win over the Lakers.
Impact: Rush had played only five minutes in the preseason opener Tuesday, so head coach Steve Kerr made it a point to give him more playing time Thursday. In a related decision, Leandro Barbosa did not play Thursday after getting 18 minutes in the opener. It would appear these two guys are competing for the same minutes/role.
News: Barnes suffered a shoulder injury during Thursday night's preseason game against the Lakers but was able to return to the court, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: It was an aggressive Barnes -- a more aggressive one than we saw in the preseason opener Tuesday -- who scored 11 points and got to the free-throw line seven times against the Lakers. We presume he'll be able to go when the two teams tip off again Sunday.
News: Thompson scored a team-high 25 points (9-of-13 FG, 5-of-6 3Pt, 2-of-2 FT) with three rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in 25 minutes in Thursday night's preseason win over the Lakers.
Impact: Thompson's scored 45 points in the first two preseason games and is thriving in the new ball-movement offense implemented by head coach Steve Kerr. All that's left now is for the Warriors to cut a check and extend his contract. The team has until Halloween to decide to give Thompson a contract extension, but we expect a decision before the Warriors open the season Oct. 29.
News: Iguodala will play through his broken nose, the CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Iguodala sustained the injury just before halftime of Thursday night's preseason game against the Lakers. He explained the break is toward the end of the nose and that he should be in the lineup for Sunday's return matchup with the Lakers.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Iguodala missed Friday's practice to have his broken nose checked out, the San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons reports.
Impact: This was the first we've heard of Iguodala breaking his nose, so there's a chance he could miss further time during the preseason, and he may be fitted for a protective mask. Either way, Iguodala should be ready for the start of the regular season, and figures to once again be a prominent part of the Warriors' rotation.
Shaun Livingston - #34 - Guard - 6'7" - 182lbs
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Livingston (toe) didn't practice Friday, but participated in shooting drills, the San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons reports.
Impact: All in all, it was a positive medical report for Livingston, although he remains unlikely to play during the preseason, and his status for the start of the regular season is unclear.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nedovic earned the praise of head coach Steve Kerr following Tuesday's preseason win over the Clippers, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "That's the best I've seen Nedo play," Kerr said. "The thing with Nedo is that he just needs to run the team. He doesn't need to score, but we love the way he pushes the ball. He really attacked and put pressure on the defense."
Impact: Nedovic's agent mouthed off to a Serbian website a few days ago that the Warriors weren't giving his client a fair shot, but the guard went out and dropped 12 points and three assists in 15 confident minutes in the win over the Clippers. The Warriors are motivated to find a role for Nedovic, who isn't a true point guard but also didn't shoot well when healthy last season, his rookie season in which he often looked tentative. If he can continue to push the pace on the second unit, Nedovic could carve out something in the rotation, particularly early on with Shaun Livingston's status uncertain while recovering from surgery on his toe.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ezeli (shin) said he plans to be ready for the regular-season opener, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Ezeli, who missed the preseason opener Tuesday, is out indefinitely with inflammation in his shin. He said he feels "very, very slight" discomfort.
News: Speights played just five minutes in Tuesday night's preseason game against the Clippers.
Impact: Head coach Steve Kerr has talked about using Speights as a backup at center, but that plan didn't get off to a good start Tuesday.
News: Nedovic scored 12 points (3-of-6 FG, 1-of-3 3Pt, 5-of-6 FT) with three assists, a steal and a blocked shot in 15 minutes in Tuesday night's preseason opener against the Clippers.
Impact: Nedovic's summer was best known for a foot injury that forced him to miss the FIBA World Cup tournament. His role this season is unclear, particularly with a crowded backcourt.
News: Thompson scored a team-high 20 points (7-of-15 FG, 1-of-2 3Pt, 5-of-6 FT) with three rebounds, two assists and four steals in 26 minutes in Tuesday night's preseason win over the Clippers.
Impact: Eight of his 20 points came during a third-quarter stretch that turned a tie game to the Warriors' favor. Lost of eyes are on Thompson in the Bay Area this season. Warriors brass refused to part with him in the much-talked about Kevin Love deal and expectations run high for the fourth-year guard.
News: Iguodala (knee) started and played 18 minutes in Tuesday night's preseason-opening win over the Clippers. He had three points (1-of-2 FG, 1-of-1 3Pt) with an assist and a steal in the win.
Impact: Iguodala didn't play much over the summer because of his knee and opted out of playing for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup tournament.
News: Bogut scored 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in 17 minutes in Tuesday night's preseason win over the Clippers.
Impact: Bogut got more touches Tuesday than he'd normally get in a game last season. This is by design; it's something that new head coach Steve Kerr talked about when planning to implement a new offense.
News: Curry fouled out after only 18 minutes in Tuesday night's preseason opener against the Clippers. He scored 12 points on 2-of-7 shooting with three assists and three turnovers.
Impact: As we were told during training camp, Curry was going to get a chance to handle tougher defensive assignments and that happened Tuesday when he was charged with guarding the Clippers Chris Paul. That's an assignment that would have been Klay Thompson's responsibility last season.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lee left Tuesday's preseason game in the second half and was seen holding a bag of ice on his right hip, CSN Bay Area's Monte Poole reports.
Impact: The team hasn't announced an injury for Lee, but considering there was only one quarter left when he was seen on the bench, he probably won't return. Monitor his status in the coming days to see if he has an injury or was just dealing with general soreness.