Warriors name starting five. That didn’t take long.


Thumbnail image for New Warriors Logo.jpgKeith Smart knows what he wants from the Warriors. And he knows who he wants to do it.

Two days into training camp Smart named his starting five according to Matt Steinmetz of Comcast Bay Area: Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright, David Lee and Andris Biedrins.

No real surprises on that list. In fact the only question was the three, but Wright is a better defender than Reggie Williams and what’s left of Vladimir Radmanovic. Williams will get plenty of run, however.

The chemistry of that starting unit will be something to watch. Curry and Ellis are now BFF and are saying all the right things about being able to play well together now. Lee gets to play his natural four spot (he was a five in NYC) thanks to Biedrins giving the Warriors a pretty athletic front line.

Hiring Smart — an assistant under Don Nelson — gave the Warriors a guy that already knew the players and their strengths. No classic open training camp, Smart already had some preconceived notions. He didn’t stray far from the script, but if he can get some defense out of the unit the movie will look a lot different.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.