With NBA MVP candidate Derrick Rose in town, the Warriors will need all the good guard play they can get. They will especially need bodies to help Stephen Curry (or Monta Ellis) defend Rose, who is one of the league’s most physically imposing guards.
But the Warriors won’t have Acie Law. His wrist is really giving him problems and he probably won’t play tonight.
The Warriors probably won’t have Charlie Bell either. The Warriors confirmed he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. According to the SF Chronicle, a California Highway Patrol officer arrested Bell at about 2:45 a.m. on Lakeshore Avenue near Lake Merritt. Bell was in a downtown Oakland jail for about four hours until Reggie Williams came to pick him up.
GM LARRY RILEY STATEMENT: “We are aware of the incident in which Charlie Bell was arrested on suspicion of a DUI early Friday morning and have informed the league office of the situation as we know it. We are obviously disappointed that one of our players would put himself in a questionable position – regardless of the final outcome – as this is certainly something we do not condone as an organization and take very seriously. As an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment until there is a resolution to this situation.”
In need of bodies in the backcourt, the Warriors recalled Jeremy Lin from the NBA Development League. Lin has been dominating the D-League and Warriors’ management loves the progress he’s made. He’s gotten better going left, his outside shot has improved and he’s gotten experience playing consistently. Most importantly, I’m told, Lin plays with more confidence.
In 16 games, he is averaging 17.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists with 2.2 steals in 32 minutes. He’s shooting 51.8 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.