World news – Warriors have a big size problem against Mavericks, Spurs


The warriors have a little problem to deal with on the streets for the next few days, starting with the game on Thursday night in Dallas.

You didn’t bring any centers – or someone taller than 6-foot-6 who can play centers – for the four game trip to Texas.

Even for a Warriors team that pioneered the « small ball » approach in a game designed for giants, traveling without a bonafide center in a 7-foot league is a Texas-sized problem . Unfortunately for the injured warriors, there is not much they can do about their size handicap right now.

Golden State will be rolling out 6-foot-6-Draymond green for most minutes in the middle for the next week, including Thursday when it may hang out with the likes of Willie Cauley-Stein (7-foot) and Dwight Powell (6-foot) grapples 10), Boban Marjanovic (7-4) and Maxi Kleber (6-10).

This is a big task for Green, which without a real backup in the center against the Mavericks becomes even more difficult. Eric Paschall (6-6), a sophomore and sophomore team, was disfellowshipped Thursday afternoon due to pain and swelling in his right knee.

When size does not exist, warriors must turn to the strength, determination, and tenacity that make green. That can mean that in the middle of the little ball, you are only minutes away from Juan Toscano-Anderson.

Green’s first game as the Warriors’ new starting center was the loss to the Celtics in San Francisco on Tuesday (111: 107). He played 37 minutes and linked Stephen Curry with 11 rebounds as Golden State was beaten 51-36.

How did the warriors get into this traffic jam? Just as they fell out of the league’s elite without Klay Thompson: Injuries.

James Wiseman, the promising 7-foot-1 newbie, has sprained his wrist and will be out for at least the next few days. Immediately after Wiseman’s fall, Kevin Looney (6-9) suffered an ankle sprain against Boston on Tuesday that will keep him out for at least the next two weeks.

The Warriors had already lost Marques Chriss to an injury at the end of the season when he broke his leg during training in December. Little-used Alen Smailagic and his 6-10 frame weren’t and will not be available this year after suffering a right knee injury.

But even at full strength in the altitude department this season – which means healthy versions of Wiseman, Looney and Paschall – the Warriors haven’t measured themselves as a very good rebounding team.

In a league where half of the 30 teams get less than 50 percent of rebounds per game, the Warriors come last with a rebound percentage of just 47.1 percent.

Now the good news: The Mavericks are actually tied at 47.4 for the second worst rebound percentage in the NBA. In addition, San Antonio – the Warriors’ opponent in the last two games of the trip – is the seventh worst rebounding team (48.7) in the league.

Those who think the warriors might bring reinforcements should reconsider. Sure, there are still some inexpensive NBA center options available in the free agency – Dewayne Dedmon, Tyson Chandler, to name a few – but there’s no clear way to add anyone to your list.

With an expensive wage cap with a severe luxury tax impact, Golden State is unlikely to be able to afford an upgrade at the backup center without making a major deal. The only warrior without a guaranteed contract is backup guard Mychal Mulder, who may not be on the rotation but remains one of the team’s top shooters.
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Another way to free up a roster slot is to find a way to deal with Smailagic, a promising man on the forecourt with some skills but a long way to go to become a rotation option. To clear Smailagic’s deal without consuming the entire salary cap and luxury tax losses, they may need to put up a round two draft to sweeten a deal with a Cap-Place team – think Knicks or Hornets.

According to Spotrac, the Knicks, with a cap of $ 17 million, and the Hornets, of $ 4 million, are the only two teams currently below the cap.


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