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Warriors reach agreement with James Michael McAdoo on 10-day contract

The Warriors reached agreement Sunday on a 10-day contract with rookie forward James Michael McAdoo, who chose the team that invited him to training camp over Memphis, according to agent Jim Tanner.

McAdoo, 22, averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds, shooting 57.4 percent from the field in 22 games for the Santa Cruz Warriors, where Golden State allocated him. He had averaged 5.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in five preseason games for the Warriors before being waived.

The 6-foot-9 McAdoo, who went undrafted out of North Carolina, will fill Golden State’s 15th and final roster spot.

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Warriors 131, Rockets 106: Stephen Curry not focused on MVP candidacy, but has another big game to remember

HOUSTON – Stephen Curry was asked about Klay Thompson’s All-Star potential, and he raved about his teammate. One question earlier, he said little that merited intrigue in response to his MVP candidacy.

That’s Curry for you, but in a 131-106 win at Houston, he did little to dispel the notion that he won’t end up winning the award assuming his transcendent play continues.

And yes, there was an example for the transcendent play (that appeared on Vine, of course).

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Thunder 127, Warriors 115: Draymond Green once again looking in the mirror after loss

OKLAHOMA CITY — The last time the Warriors lost, Draymond Green called out his team for being “too nice.”

This time after the Warriors fell 127-115 at Oklahoma City, he spoke at length about his own struggles of late.

It wasn’t like Green had a poor game with five points, nine rebounds and four steals, but he feels like he should take on the mindset to do more after going 2 for 6 from the field. Two days earlier, he shot 2 for 7 from the field and scored six points.

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San Francisco Zoo names baby monkey after Warriors’ Stephen Curry

The San Francisco Zoo has named a baby monkey Curry after Warriors star Stephen Curry.

The male orange-headed monkey is a Francois’ langur, and after Curry’s birth Nov. 19, the Warriors won 13 straight games.

Could the endangered monkey bring luck to the Warriors? There is precedence for this.

In 2012 after a Francois’ langur was born at the zoo during the Giants’ playoff run, they went on to win the World Series. The female monkey was eventually named Romo after Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo, who recorded the final out of the World Series.

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Warriors 104, Heat 89: Big wins don’t bother Steve Kerr: “It’s awesome.”

The Warriors have won eight straight games and all have come by double digits. The last time they played in a game that was decided by fewer than 10 points was a 114-109 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 18.

That’s a pace it would seem nearly impossible to maintain, especially when the playoffs roll around. At some point, the Warriors will have to grind out victories. Could Steve Kerr possibly be concerned that his team isn’t gaining experience in close games? How does he feel about all these blowout wins?

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Warriors 116, Jazz 105: Andrew Bogut returns to key role in lineup after illness, addressing Mark Jackson’s comments

SALT LAKE CITY – Warriors center Andrew Bogut said he woke up about 3 a.m. Tuesday feeling ill.

But even with the big man having a rough morning, coach Steve Kerr got him in the lineup. The Warriors wanted to get back to establishing their rotation at a time when they play four games in five days.

Bogut responded with nine points, eight rebounds and three assists, going 4 for 5 from the field in the role that he has excelled at for Kerr this season.

“Bogues is our starter,” said Kerr, who the veteran has praised for turning around his career.

“I wanted to ease Andrew back, but now he’s back. He looks good.”

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Warriors 116, Cavaliers 94: Too much in the tank at the finish for other teams to cope

Mark Jackson got his due, but he’s part of the past now, as the Warriors have moved on to bigger and better things.

One look at the final score and one might assume, “OK, another blowout win.” But it really wasn’t, and a lot of the Warriors’ double-digit victories haven’t been. This was grind-out game, against a Cleveland team that’s not bad even without LeBron James hanging within six points with five minutes to go.

But here’s what happens when you can play 10 guys and given them at least 13 minutes apiece as Steve Kerr did Friday night — you have a finishing kick. While the opposition is sucking wind just to stay in the game, the Warriors’ best players are fresh to finish the job.

The fourth quarter margins in the last five games: 30-23, 29-21, 33-26, 33-25 again and Friday night 28-18. The only exception on this 6-0 homestand was the first game against Minnesota in which Golden State finished the job in the third quarter then played a quarter of garbage time.

The Warriors are simply wearing down teams with their depth over the first 40 or so minutes then bludgeoning them with their defense and 3-point shooting at the finish. Moreover, you’ve got several players, notably Steph Curry and Draymond Green, who sense the kill and know how to finish. Curry and Green were both dynamite down the stretch, as usual, and Green, despite having an awful shooting night, still nearly wound up with a triple double — 10 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 blocks.

“That’s the beauty of Draymond is that he doesn’t need to make his shots to make a huge impact on the game,” said Steve Kerr. “His energy in the second half, I thought, really took over. It changed the game. His rebounding is incredible.”

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