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Windows 11 is now available as an update to users who meet the requirements. To make the most of this impending transition, you should have a plan of action ready. (Author: Gardener)

Microsoft will update Windows 10 users to Windows 11 soon if the computer hardware and software meet certain requirements. SEE: Windows 11 Installation, Security, and More Tips (Free PDF) (TechRepublic) Since the Windows 11 update is virtually inevitable, it's important to be ready for the transition when it happens. While most Windows 11 updates involve behind-the-scenes security changes, there are at least 11 changes to the user interface, configuration, and application that warrant immediate user response and quality of life adjustments. The first annoying thing I noticed when booting Windows 11 was a large advertising screen that asked me to sign up for a Game Pass through the Xbox app. It may be different for you, but I never want the Xbox app to run on my laptop. Unfortunately, Microsoft has decided that they want the Xbox app to start automatically for every Windows 11 user. To put an end to this annoyance, right click the Xbox app icon in the system tray and choose Settings from the context menu. On the General tab, uncheck the boxes (Figure A) to block this app from loading during the login process. Apparently, Microsoft has made several agreements with third-party vendors to include application stubs in the new, redesigned Windows 11 Start menu. There are icons for apps like Picsart Pro, WhatsApp Line, and Adobe Lightroom to name a few. Clicking one of these icons will download and install that app. GO TO Windows 11: Understanding System Requirements and Security Benefits (TechRepublic) Some Windows 11 users may want to look at one or more of these apps, but for most users these icons just make your Start menu easier to see. You can remove them by right-clicking the appropriate icon and selecting Uninstall from the context menu. To add to the trimming of unnecessary applications and app stubs from the Start menu, you should also make some trims on the taskbar. As you can see in Figure B, the typical Windows 11 installation for a Microsoft 365 user contains over a dozen separate icons in the system tray. Not all of these icons need to be pinned to the system tray. Widgets, for example, is a purely optional application for the taskbar. To remove these two apps, right-click an empty part of the system tray, select Settings, and slide the appropriate buttons to the Off position, as shown in Figure C. Whenever you get a major update from Microsoft, you should take the additional step of checking for additional updates. A quick check on the update and security settings screen is all that is required. While installing Windows 11, Microsoft decided to remove a prominent application from the Start menu that power users will notice right away - PowerShell. The option to simply swap the standard Windows terminal with PowerShell in the start menu context list also appears to be removed. To add PowerShell and other apps like Windows Media Player to the Windows 11 Start menu, find the application name, and then pin it to the menu or the taskbar. This procedure adds the application icons to the bottom of the Start menu (Figure D), where you can move them to more prominent positions if necessary. The privacy settings you set up in Windows 10 should be carried over to Windows 11. However, it is advisable to double-check your privacy settings to make sure that they are what you intend to do. Another status setting that should have survived the transition from Windows 10 to Windows 11 was the activation status of your operating system. However, it is advisable to confirm this by checking the Windows 11 System Preferences page under the Activation tab as shown in Figure E. To change these scrollbars, go to Accessibility Settings and look under Visual Effects, as shown in Figure F Moving to Windows 11, maybe it's time to change the big picture of your UI? As with any update of the Windows operating system, it is possible that access to one of your peripheral devices did not survive the transition. Users can check the status of their peripherals by navigating to the Bluetooth and Devices section of the Windows 11 Settings app, as shown in Figure G. During the Windows 10 to Windows 11 update, not only can you lose access to your peripherals, but you can also lose compatibility with important applications. All critical applications should be tested after the update to ensure that they are working properly. As explained in a previous Windows 10 performance tip, I had my Windows 10 laptop set to run on the Ultimate Power Plan. With the update to Windows 11, the Ultimate Power Plan is no longer an option. So the system decided to reset my power plan setting to Balanced. Since I mostly use my laptop when it's connected, I want it to give me as much performance as possible. To get standard performance in Windows 11, navigate to the Power & Battery section of the System Settings app and change the power mode setting to Best Performance, as shown in Figure H. This is also the settings screen, which you can change when your PC display turns off to save power and when your PC goes to sleep when there is no activity. The settings you may have made for Windows 10 may not have been carried over to Windows 11. As mentioned earlier, the requirements for updating Windows 10 to Windows 11 are substantial and strictly enforced. To know for sure, check the Windows Update screen under System Preferences. If your Windows 10 PC lacks the necessary prerequisites, Microsoft explains why and makes suggestions on how the missing prerequisites can be met.

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What is the height dominance in the NBA?

In this edition of the Pelton mailbag, Kevin Pelton breaks down who would win in a re-sized NBA. (Author: Gardener)

Which team would be better: one with 6-foot-10 Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant or a 6-foot-7 group with Jimmy Butler, Luka Doncic, Kawhi Leonard, Khris Middleton and Zion Williamson? We're having fun with the main question in this week's mailbag by assembling teams of current NBA players who are all listed on the same level - which also reveals something important about the nature of versatility. Throughout the NBA season, I'll answer your questions on the newest and most interesting topics in basketball. The best questions focus on a general topic rather than a specific player or team, and anything that allows me to do original research to understand how the game is played is welcome. • The relative predictive power of performance in the NBA summer league and during the preseason. J. Tucker could compromise the Milwaukee Bucks' defense. If you had to put together a team of players who are all exactly the same size, what would be the optimal size for success? I assume we're playing a playoff tournament with the best cadres of all levels. All players are categorized on NBA.com based on their stated size. In terms of sheer talent, the 6-foot-3 team stands by everyone. Yes Morant didn't even crack my projected rotation because the other ball handlers in front of him and players taller than their height are working. As much as players like Gordon, Holiday, Powell, and Smart may be able to defend bigger opponents on Switches, I think the lack of legitimate rim protection would ultimately doom this team to an early exit from our tournament. If we go historical, the 6-foot-6 team (led by Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley) has a reasonable chance of winning the whole thing. In terms of current talent, this group can cobble together a decent size with Draymond Green and Crowder in the middle, but they lack some star power. That's about so small that I think a team has a credible chance of winning a tournament. Harden is already acting defensively as a power forward, and Thybulle's instincts could likely allow him to protect the edge if asked to do so. Unfortunately, it's probably better suited for an 82-game season where Gary Trent Jr. and Josh Richardson don't even crack a deep rotation. Before this exercise, it seemed like a safe bet that LeBron's team would win. However, there isn't as much depth as you think there is in 6-foot-9 players. So while this team can put together a good quality starting grid, we're trying to get some "perimeter" players off the bench. The biggest contender, the 6-foot-11 group, includes the winners of the last three MVP awards and benefits immensely from Simmons' ability to lead the point and defend opposing perimeter players. (We assume he wouldn't hold out in this tournament.) Jokic will run point if Simmons rested, but I assume this team has to play Zone and that is doomed to fail in the semifinals. This is the first team that would not surprise me to win the tournament. I think a few other cadres surpass this team in terms of star power. With relatively shallower depth and a distinct lack of ball handling and perimeter defense, I think the 6-foot-10 team rolls into the playoffs as a 5 or 6-person team. Now let's imagine they're both on the same team (and Leonard healthy) with Butler as another on-ball perimeter option and Zion stepping onto the pitch next to them. This team lacks a bit of rim protection, but Anunoby, Covington and Nance won't have that much tidying up with an array of incredible perimeter defenders. And the coach (6-foot-7 Ime Udoka) would have the flexibility to play multiple styles with an all-star (Middleton) and the NBA's best shooter (Robinson) coming off the bench. Ultimately, I think this team will lap the field. Given the average NBA player is listed between 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-7, that should probably come as no surprise. 6-foot-7 is the pinnacle of NBA versatility. "Are the pre-season or summer league statistics more or less predictive of success in the coming season? My hypothesis: The summer league for rookies largely does not correlate with the NBA success in the next year because they have so much to learn. For the NBA Veterans of a good summer league has a moderate correlation with a good season (and could indicate an outbreak), but failure in the summer league is a red flag. Pre-season statistics are irrelevant (inconclusive , limited minutes, stars sitting). "For players who saw at least 100 minutes of preseason and regular season action between 2005-06 and last season, I have their player ratings per possession from my winnings above the substitute metric (WARP). About 30% of the fluctuations in the regular season rating can be explained by the pre-season rating en. To flip to the second graph, I did the same with the summer league stats from 2005 to 2018, coloring the players differently if they were new to the NBA or had league experience the following season. The relationship with performance in the regular season is about six times stronger for the preseason than for the summer league. We also don't see much of a difference in predictive power between beginners and veterans. Remember that any reservations you have about the preseason also apply to the summer league. I suppose the teams are keen to win the tournament games that the NBA introduced, but the main focus remains on player development, and current stars play in the summer league (none) much less than they did last season. It makes sense to me that, despite its limitations, the preseason would be a much better comp for the regular season than the summer league. From the Milwaukee Bucks to the Miami Heat, does J. Tucker have an impact on the Bucks' defense? He played an important role in defense last season. "I think it will be most evident in what is possibly the most important match for the Bucks: against Durant and the Nets. It was the team's half-field offensive, very much more than the defense that collapsed in the 2019 Eastern Conference final against the Toronto Raptors (Miami had more success against the Bucks in a second round in 2020). Points per 100 possessions in the first round in 2021, averaging 20 MPG in reserve. After losing starting overseer Donte DiVincenzo to an end-of-season injury, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer promoted Tucker to defend Durant in Round 2 and kept him there for the remainder of the playoffs. Tucker's versatility and tenacity were for Milwaukee certainly matters, but I think he ranks behind front-court starters Giannis and Brook Lopez and ace-defender Jrue Holiday in terms on the recognition of this achievement e Bucks playoff defense. As for the matchup with Durant, I think Milwaukee's willingness to let Tucker go was tied to a couple of factors. First, as much as Tucker made Durant work, KD was still averaging 35.4 PPG at 50% spin during the series. Second, Tucker's offensive limitations were a factor in the Bucks' struggles at that end. I suspect Milwaukee is betting that any defensive drop from Tucker's departure will be offset by a better offensive with the more dynamic DiVincenzo in the line-up.

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Shannen Doherty shares "real" photos of herself after chemotherapy and says she had nosebleeds

Shannen Doherty wrote on Instagram that she hoped to "familiarize people with the appearance of cancer" and encourage them to have mammograms. (Author: Gardener)

* Shannen Doherty posted "real" photos on Instagram from her two-time breast cancer journey. * The actress said she hoped to familiarize people with what cancer looks like. * She kept working during her treatments and says she finds it more fulfilling. Shannen Doherty continues to speak about the reality of living with stage 4 breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Doherty, 50, of Beverly Hills, 90210, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She announced that she was in remission in 2017, but announced last year that her cancer had come back. In an Instagram post on Thursday, Doherty said she wanted to share more about her "personal journey," including both diagnoses. "Is everything pretty?" She wrote. "NO, but it's true and I hope we are all more educated and more familiar with what cancer looks like." "I hope I encourage people to have mammograms, get regular checkups, overcome fear, and face whatever lies ahead," she added. In one picture, Doherty is bald and has a bloody nose from chemotherapy, a side effect she thought was common. "I was more than tired too," she wrote. In the second picture, Doherty is sleeping in Cookie Monster pajamas, a trick to keep her spirits up. “I cheered myself up by putting on fun pajamas that my friend Kristy gave me. Lol, ”she wrote. Finding humor helped me through what seemed impossible. I hope we all find humor in the impossible. ”Despite her diagnoses and treatment side effects, Doherty's career has not slowed. "A lot of people diagnosed with Stage 4 get written off somehow," she said. And I really want people to stop assuming it and give us a chance to prove them wrong. "Stage 4, the most advanced stage of breast cancer, means that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body such as lymph nodes, bones, and in some cases organs such as the lungs, liver, or brain. While such cancers are considered incurable, increasingly advanced treatments are helping people live longer and improve their symptoms. The American Cancer Society says the 5- Annual survival rate for stage 4 breast cancer is 28%. On Nightline, Doherty said she was still on her “first protocol” or treatment plan. “You just want to stick with your protocols for as long as possible so you don't get the protocols "I like to say that these are goals," she said to Chang, adding, "I just want to operate because I have no things to check off because I do will keep fighting to stay alive. "

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Latest buzz about the positions of LeBron James and Anthony Davis

It may not seem like it, but there are actually NBA rumors out there that aren't about the ongoing saga between Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers ... (Author: Gardener)

So what's the latest in La-La Land? We'll analyze the latest discussions to find out. It feels strange to say this about one of the best athletes in the world, but LeBron James is looking leaner than normal this preseason. While Lakers chief executive Rob Pelinka previously said James had turned 19, "I asked LeBron about it, he kept it near the vest, but he said, 'Listen, I'm always looking for ways to find an edge 'Finding some leeway,' "reported ESPN's Dave McMenamin on The Lowe Post podcast (h / t Silver Screen & Roll). "I spoke to a source close to LeBron [and] it's not necessarily that he lost weight, but he added lean muscle." But maybe James's desire to build muscle came from the Lakers' off-season takeover of Russell Westbrook. If Westbrook was around, James could move away from the point guard point and record more minutes on the power forward. He wouldn't want to sacrifice his size to move up a position, and the extra muscles should make him better equipped to hit opposing bigs. Still Possible Anthony Davis Stays With Power Forward Despite the NBA's obsession with poseless basketball, there seems to be a lot of focus on the positional label attributed to Anthony Davis. The Lakers, as strong a threat to the championship as it was in the Western Conference, tended to be deadliest as Davis anchored the inside. But they've often saved this look for the playoffs, letting more traditional bigs soak up the regular season wear in the middle position. They seemed ready to go down that road again after adding both DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard this off-season. Davis himself has said he'll be ready for more minutes at 5, but it may not take as many as expected. "We won't just start AD at 5," said Lakers part-time reporter Mike Trudell on The Laker Film Room Podcast (h / t Silver Screen & Roll). "There will be many times where Dwight and DeAndre start. I know there are a lot of people in-house who still like to make a classic big." It seems likely that the Lakers could tinker with it all season. And with wins and losses on the scales late in the games, Lakers fans should probably expect Davis to occupy the middle at those moments.

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Devin Booker picks up speed but isn't quite ready to play as Suns takes on Lakers in the preseason

Two-time all-star Devin Booker is set to miss a third straight game on Sunday as Phoenix Suns face the Los Angeles Lakers at the STAPLES Center. (Author: Gardener)

He and his Suns teammates were thrilling thousands of fans during an open training session at the Footprint Center with passing games, shooting and t-shirt throwing. The two-time all-star has had some training time since missing the first three days of training camp under the NBA's health and safety protocols when he tested positive for COVID-19. Booker didn't play in the first two preseason games and has improved, but wasn't sure he would see his first preseason action on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in Los Angeles. against the Lakers at the STAPLES Center on ESPN. "I don't know yet, but we'll see," Booker said on Friday. "We're making progress every day. Less than 24 hours later, Suns manager Monty Williams said Booker was playing 5v5, but in a" controlled environment "and ruled out Booker playing on Sunday. The Suns end that Pre-season game on Wednesday against Portland in a game at 2 p.m. as part of a double header in the Footprint Center, in which the Phoenix Mercury will play against the Chicago Sky in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals at 6 p.m. -come, first-serve basis at a table the square in front of the arena for lunch from 10:30 am Sun's All-Star point guard Chris Paul did the same for Game 3 of the WNBA semi-finals between the Aces of Mercury and Las Vegas at ASU. He came back to Booker in training on Saturday sure to work up a sweat until his long sleeved shirt was still soaked afterwards. Devin Booker played 5v5 today but it was “controlled.” So Monty Williams said he won't play Tomo rrow at #Lakers. #Suns https: / /t.co/srHEOY1pPM pic.twitter.com/d0wlnx5ldU— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) October 9, 2021 A fully clothed Devin Booker from Phoenix Suns shoots during a break from their Los Angeles Lakers game at the Footprint Center 10/6/2021 in Phoenix. Even so, the Suns haven't pushed the 24-year-old back after leading the Suns to the NBA finals in July and winning Olympic gold for Team USA in August. "We had a productive day even though it was an open practice. I thought we did a few things (Friday) from a fitness standpoint," said Williams. "Then you got a quick turnaround into practice. Williams added that the team did practice work and classes on Saturday that resulted in the controlled 5-out-of-5 with no set time for quarters." That's not the only way but that was I felt like we should do it (Saturday) as we had late practice last night, ”Williams said. The Suns beat the Lakers in their second preseason game on Wednesday at the Footprint Center after losing the opener in Sacramento, but will likely see LeBron James and Russell Westbrook in the rematch as the two made their preseason debut at the Golden State on Friday Article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Devin Booker Rises but not quite ready to play when Suns meets Lakers in the preseason

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Lakers are shaking off the pre-season stumbling blocks but soon have to show their work

A 0-3 start to the preseason isn't daunting, but the Lakers haven't provided many detectable sequences for fans to feel the buzz that reverberates in their closed practices. (Author: Gardener)

Lakers security guard Russell Westbrook hits the basket during Friday night's preseason game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco. Westbrook and fellow All-Star LeBron James made their preseason debut on Friday, and although their playing time has seen many misses and ball losses, the team remains confident that what happens under closed doors during practice, and not the meaningless Show games, the key to success is their longstanding success this season. SAN FRANCISCO - As the world slowly returns to normal, many NBA teams have opened their doors. Golden State, Atlanta, Utah, and Memphis are some of the teams that were open to the public for a closer look at the game after being kept at bay for a year and a half. Choosing to keep most of their work behind closed doors, the Lakers tinkered with a superstar-laden lineup in workouts that were described as intense and competitive, with just a few moments to go. These sessions seem like a source of optimism for the Lakers' sky-high ambitions as a tough start for the LeBron James-Russell Westbrook pairing that will be the bedrock of the team didn't seem to shake anyone. The Lakers were outperformed in both players' minutes against Golden State, trailing in the half by 10 when James and Westbrook called it early. While Westbrook took care of his sales - six in the first quarter without taking a shot - he said many of the corrections made him read easily "what I've been doing for many years." Coach Frank Vogel attributed it to a tough night: "This game and the short sample size are no indication of how it looked in our group." James took the least words about his feelings in the preseason: It's a time for veterans like him to get in shape and get used to the physicality, not to demonstrate the kind of team they are. "I'm not going to learn anything," said James of the preseason games. The reason he prefers to monitor training progress versus preseason games, said James, is the ability to fix bugs live. When games and plans collapse, coaches and players can pause action and talk through the mistakes. With the team implementing what James called "a whole new offensive system," and with most newcomers learning Vogel's defensive scheme for the first time, a lot is still happening. But it's getting closer to the time for the Lakers to show their work, and while a 0-3 preseason start isn't daunting, the team hasn't provided many traceable sequences for fans to feel the excitement coming into the fitness center . Vogel wasn't shy about being careful giving preseason minutes to his stars. The publicly outlined plan is to play against Westbrook and James in at least one of the remaining three preseason games. "We'll huddle together before each game and see if it makes sense and when, although this is the first time you've seen all of these guys play together," he said. "You've been doing this pretty regularly for a week or two now and getting the work you need." What might also help the Lakers is a smooth schedule at the start of the season: only four of their first 15 games will face teams that played in the first round of the playoffs last season, and 12 of the 15 are at home. Even so, the time for such lessons is limited and for a veteran team like the Lakers, class shouldn't be the main ingredient anyway. The results need to show up in places that not only the Lakers can see.

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What we learned from the Warriors' win over the Lakers last season

Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole combined scored 58 points Friday night to lead the Warriors to a 121-114 preseason win over the Lakers at the Chase Center. (Author: Gardener)

SAN FRANCISCO - Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole together scored 58 points Friday night to lead the Warriors to a 121-114 preseason win over the Lakers at the Chase Center. Curry scored 30 points and Poole 28 as the Warriors shot 20 3-point points and improved to 3-0 in the preseason. The Warriors even led by 22 and were up 91-77 in three quarters, but Los Angeles turned to its veteran reserves in the fourth quarter to make a game of it. The Warriors were vastly superior when both teams got small, but ran into trouble when the Lakers - the favorites to reach the NBA finals - relied on their big men. While Warriors manager Steve Kerr has not officially announced that Poole will open the season as the go-ahead guard, you can rest assured. After three preseason games, it is only reasonable to assume that Poole will be in the starting XI in the absence of Klay Thompson for Curry when the season opens on October 19 in LA against the Lakers. Curry's 30 points came in 12-of-24, including 3-of-13 from range. Poole's 28 points came from 10-of-19, 6-of-13 from deep. After Poole's breakout last season and his performance so far, it looks like a Curry Poole backcourt will be able to score in a clip similar to the one normally posted by the Curry Thompson backcourt. The Warriors were small last season and sometimes their opponents took advantage of their physical advantage. Much of the paint activity on this game suggested it won't be much different this season. The Lakers with DeAndre Jordan (6-foot-11, 265 pounds) and Dwight Howard (6-foot-9, 260 pounds) have a verticality that the Warriors simply don't have. Though the two great LA men are several years behind their prime, their sheer size and what's left of their athleticism has given them more than a few moments to turn back the clock. The Lakers scored points for second chance, largely because they scored 12 offensive rebounds, with Jordan and Howard making up seven. They combined for 32 points and 20 rebounds as well as six dunks off lobs. Moody sat through the first three quarters again, stepped in on the fourth, and made his presence felt by deflating three groups of three to help the warriors fight off the Lakers. The 19-year-old wing scored a total of 10 points, shooting 3-4 off the field and making all three of his 3-point shots. Moody was the only warrior next to Curry and Poole to score double-digit points.

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Russell Westbrook's Lakers debut was downright ugly, but please hold back your overreaction until a later date

Westbrook had two points and six ball losses in the first game of the preseason as Laker (Author: Gardener)

SAN FRANCISCO - Oh, you thought Russell Westbrook was going to make a walking debut with the Los Angeles Lakers? These are the Lakers we're talking about. Westbrook first stepped on the pitch in a Lakers uniform during Friday's 121-114 preseason loss to the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, and things certainly didn't go as he and the Lakers had hoped. Westbrook only played in the first half and ended with two points, seven rebounds, four assists and six ball losses when shooting 7-1 in 17 minutes. Four of these ball losses came about in just over a minute of playing time during a particularly tough phase of the first quarter. Apart from losing the ball, which Vogel attributed to Westbrook, who was at times too selfless, the Lakers' newest all-star on the offensive seemed unable to land on the edge or on his few pull-up jumpers. He also made no attempt to attempt a 3-pointer, which highlighted the spacing issues many projected when he signed with the Lakers. As expected, Lakers trainer Frank Vogel stumbled Westbrook and LeBron James, but - as expected - they did not appear to be offensive in their minutes together. There was a lot of your turn-my-turn, and the Lakers only scored 21 points in 14 minutes (a pace of 72 points per 48 minutes) with both Westbrook and James on the floor. Now that you have all of the ugly details of Westbrook's debut, do yourself a favor. "We're not going to find out right now. Everything won't be found out in the next week or two," Westbrook said after the game. This is the preseason - for many of us the first game since April, May or something like that. We'll find out. "Did we expect some awkwardness as Westbrook got used to playing for their fourth team in four seasons?" We were really excited to see what [James and Westbrook] look like together, "Vogel said before the Friday game. "But obviously having a third star-caliber player like Russell will definitely help us, either in minutes if LeBron (James) is out, or help us withstand potential injuries like we did last Years where we struggled. "James missed 26 of 28 games from late March to mid-May last season, and the Lakers went 12-16 during that time. Davis only played five minutes in the last two games of the first playoff -The team lost to the Phoenix Suns due to a bar Adding another player who can take the offensive load should help L It will take a while for the partnership to grow together which are fantastic, "said Warriors coach Steve Kerr of the partnership between James and Westbrook. “You're talking about two all-time all-stars, guys who are really, really smart players, guys who can hold multiple positions. The Lakers were a big, really strong team under Frank [Vogel], and they added more power and strength. I think LeBron and Russell will be great together. "Ultimately, James and Westbrook have to get some reps together in game situations, and that's what preseason competitions like Friday are for." The more minutes we have on the floor, we can keep track of those minutes and see what works for the good of the team, for the good of me and Russ, "said James after the game." But first we have to record the minutes. "

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The Warriors bounce back from a sloppy start against the Lakers to stay undefeated the preseason

The Warriors went undefeated in three preseason games after an ugly first quarter against the Lakers. Stephen Curry led all scorers with 30 points. (Author: Gardener)

SAN FRANCISCO - Friday night at the Chase Center didn't feel like it did last season than it ever did before. The Warriors and Lakers combined flipped the ball 19 times and shot less than 30% off the field in the first quarter. From then on it could only go up for the Warriors, who built a lead of up to 22 points on their way to a 121-114 win and remained unbeaten in three competitions in the preseason. Golden State's best basketball came back in the finals of the first half. The Warriors ended the second quarter with an 8-0 run that would have been 11-0 if Otto Porter Jr. "The defense has to honor them all," said coach Steve Kerr afterwards. Kerr targeted the Warriors' third preseason game to extend the game minutes for veterans Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. Curry wasn't quite in midseason shape - he finished 3 of 13 from beyond the arc - but came close with a game high of 30 points in 26 minutes. He and Green paired up for a couple of classic pick-and-rolls, one of which ended up with Curry passing the ball back to Green with a pass behind his back. "I thought it was really important that these guys get in shape," Kerr said afterwards. ... He started the game a little slowly, but picked it up. ... I thought Draymond had some really good moments. Green was only responsible for one field goal in 24 minutes, but delivered seven team-high assists and six rebounds against a large Lakers forecourt. Jordan Poole, the previous star of the preseason, finished with him on the pitch with 28 points in 25 minutes and a team best plus 21 points difference. Kerr was excited to see his small-ball warriors battle it out on the boards against a Lakers squad with Anthony Davis 6-10, DeAndre Jordan 6-11 and Dwight Howard 6-9 guarding the basket. Los Angeles finished with a 71-48 rebounding edge, including a 14-9 on the offensive glass. "We have to tighten that over time," said Juan Toscano-Anderson, who will be tasked with 6-6 matchups like Howard, the game's leading rebounder with a total of 12 and six offensive boards. The Lakers earned 22 second chance points, compared to Golden State's eight points. Kerr said the Warriors don't have to worry about finding other teams on the glass when there are other ways they can generate additional property. Golden State converted 27 losses to 32 points and only coughed the ball four times after the first quarter (15 total). "We played a couple of small lineups against (Howard) and he got a lot of offensive boards," said Kerr. “All in all, they got us on the glass pretty well. … The key for us really is to keep possession of the ball evenly. So when we get out of the rebound we can force some loss of the ball and balance possession, we like our chances, especially in our 3-point shoot. "The Warriors even stayed in suit with the Lakers (42 points to 44), while still firing 56 shots from beyond the arc (and closing on 20, a clip of 35.7%). In three games last season, they forced 48 steals, including 22 on Friday night. Nemanja Bjelica was again one of the first substitutions for the Warriors, but this time by Juan Toscano-Anderson instead of Avery Bradley. Otto Porter Jr. made his first preseason start in place of Andrew Wiggins, who skipped out with a sore knee. Curry and Poole started the game together, but didn't share the pitch until the final round of the first half when Golden State built their lead at the end of the second quarter. Rookie Moses Moody didn't see any action in the first half in three preseason games, but in the second half he impressed in a matter of minutes. Moody stormed the crowd with his first 3-pointer, then nailed two more that kept the Lakers at bay as the fourth quarter came to an end. "Moody was great," said Kerr. “I knocked down some big hits, but also made some big games defensively. He just has a really good feeling. Moody said his propensity for offensive fouls came from his AAU team in sixth grade. His coach offered a dollar for every fee his players paid. I made about $ 20, ”said Moody. The Warriors welcomed 18,064 fans to the Chase Center for the second full-capacity game since before the COVID-19 pandemic. The loudest cheers all night came when Andre Iguodala came into play in the middle of the second quarter. It was the audience's first chance to cheer Iguodala since reuniting with the Warriors this off-season. Kerr chose to rest the 37-year-old, who played a pivotal role on Golden State's championship teams, for his first preseason home game. A gentle step backwards from Jordan Poole and rookie Moses Moody's first of a trio of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter were close contenders, as well as every time a new highlight from the Giants win hit the big screen. A. (in basketball) as Warriors face the Lakers in preseason Warriors' lottery picks Jonathan Kuminga at least a week after MRI results revealed a knee injury can transform Golden State's offensive into Friday preseason win. Friday's matchup was the first of three times the Warriors have faced the Lakers over the next week and a half. Does that affect how Golden State is preparing for its final tunings? "It really doesn't change a lot," Kerr said earlier. You don't want to play your best side in the preseason with the game on the line. But we're still just playing basketball. ”The Warriors haven't set up a schedule or considered scouting reports for their first three preseason games, but they will use their last two - Tuesday in Los Angeles and Friday at home against Portland - as dress rehearsals deal with preparations that mirror the regular season of the year.

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Lakers' Russell Westbrook, LeBron James battle the Warriors on their preseason debut

The All-Stars, who suspended the first two exhibition games, can't find their reach and combine for eight turnovers before suspending the second half against Golden State on Friday night. (Author: Gardener)

Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Lakers security guard Russell Westbrook hits the basket during Friday night's preseason game against the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center in San Francisco. Lakers striker LeBron James shoots in the first half during a preseason NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) shoots over the Los Angeles Lakers Center DeAndre Jordan ( 10) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Friday, October 8, 2021. Lakers striker LeBron James, 6, drives to Golden State Warriors security guard Jordan in the first half during a preseason NBA basketball game Poole (3) past in San Francisco, Friday, October 8, 2021. Warriors Guard Mychal Mulder (15) drives to the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Friday, October 8, 2021 forward Talen Horton-Tucker (5). August 8, 2021. Dwight Howard of the Lakers will shoot the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California on October 8, 2021. Warriors guard Steph Curry (30) scores in the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Francisco, Friday, October 8, 2021. Draymond Green of the Warriors, right, hits the ball away from the Lakers' LeBron James during the first half of the Friday night preseason game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. Warriors' Draymond Green, right, hits the ball away from LeBron James from the Lakers in the first half of Friday night's preseason game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel looks at the Golden State Warriors in the Chase Center in San Francisco, California on October 8, 2021. Kent Bazemore of the Lakers will shoot against the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California on October 8, 2021. Warriors forward Jordan Bell (6) looks to pass the ball while DeAndre Jordan (10) of Los Angeles Lakers defends during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Friday, October 8, 2021. Lakers forward LeBron James (6) drives in the first half during a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco against Golden State Warriors striker Juan Toscano-Anderson (95) on Friday, October 8, 2021 ) dives for a loose ball for a Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, responds to a call from officials against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Chase Center on October 08, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Warriors Guard Steph Curry (30) hits the basket for Los Angeles Lakers Guard Rajon Rondo (4) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Friday, October 8, 2021, in the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game . DeAndre Jordan of the Lakers Slam Dunks back the ball against the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on October 08, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Lakers striker Talen Horton-Tucker (5) defends against Golden State Warriors Guard Steph Curry (30) in the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Friday, October 8, 2021. Russell Westbrook of the Lakers shoots against the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on October 08, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Golden State Warriors' Damion Lee heads for the basket at the Chase Center on Malik Monk of the Lakers on October 8, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Mychal Mulder of the Warriors shoots over DeAndre Jordan (left) of the Lakers at the Chase Center on October 8, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Carmelo Anthony of the Lakers shoots and is fouled by Nemanja Bjelica # 8 of the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on October 08, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors shoots over Kent Bazemore of the Lakers at the Chase Center on October 8, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Lakers striker LeBron James hits the basket during the team's preseason NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Friday, October 8, 2021. Lakers striker LeBron James, left, secures the ball in front of Golden State Warriors striker Juan Toscano-Anderson (95) during a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. 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(AP Photo / Scot Tucker) (AP Photo / Scot Tucker) Lakers striker LeBron James (6) warms up for an NBA basketball game on Friday Preseason against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco. October 8, 2021. (AP Photo / Scot Tucker) SAN FRANCISCO - The best thing about LeBron James and Russell Westbrook's first appearance as teammates? Preseason stats are quickly fading from history and memory, which is lucky considering how the Lakers all-star duo began their tenure. They didn't shoot in the first 10 minutes and coughed eight combined turnovers in the first half of an unsightly tilt Friday night with the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center. Neither played in the second half in a game that the Lakers eventually lost 121-114 and dropped to 0-3 in the preseason. More athletic eyes turned to the show just half a mile north when the Dodgers battled the San Francisco Giants in the first game of the National League Division Series. James and Westbrook will - luckily out of the spotlight - have a little more time before their prime-time season opener against the Warriors at the Staples Center in less than two weeks. The Lakers are kicking off their winless preseason - for now. James said the preseason games were designed to help him feel the rhythm; The Lakers work on their concepts on the practice area. "For me there is only so much that you can get out of a pre-season game," he said. I love to see what we are doing and I keep working behind closed doors. ”There will be a lot to do in the Games, however. The offensives of both teams started with a spark, 9-9 with 2:39 in the first quarter. After playing the Lakers' first two preseason games, All-Star Big Man Anthony Davis took the night off - and went missing. The chemistry that the Lakers praised at the practice area didn't translate on Friday night. Westbrook struggled in particular, spinning the ball six times in the first quarter alone while trying to get a feel for timing with his fourth franchise in three years. Aside from a layup in the second quarter, it was rusty from the field and completely missed the rim on multiple attempts. In his second quarter, Westbrook still couldn't find his shot, but he did find his teammates. One by one, he hit Kent Bazemore in the corner for a 3-pointer, then found DeAndre Jordan on a reverse dunk. Westbrook ended his 17 minutes in the first half with two points in a 7-1 draw and four assists. Coach Frank Vogel said he found his stars' rust to be understandable and some of Westbrook's sales came from over-distribution, which the team sees as a sign of potential. "We have a long year," he said. We'll find out. "James eventually found the net with 2:01 left in the first quarter on a competitive layup that he converted to a 3-point game. He had nine points in his 18 minutes in the first half in a rough one 4v12 shooting night. Steph Curry was the best of the stars available, warming up from a slow start, taking 20 points at halftime and finishing at 30.Although he shot 3 for 14 out of 3, Curry was 9 for 10 from the 2-point range. Jordan Poole scored 28 points on 10-for-19, including a 6-for-13 mark from the 3-point range. He is expected to be keeps the shooting guard pitch warm until Klay Thompson returns from injury around mid-season.56 of Golden State's 97-shot attempts (57.7%) came from beyond the arch, the Lakers' top scorer in the first half was Kent Bazemore who was a Warrior last season, he was 3 for 5 out of 3 point range to the game el to begin. Dwight Howard landed 23 points and 12 rebounds and played long sections of the fourth quarter when the Lakers were within three points. "We know when we come into play what we need to bring and that is energy, effort and intensity," said Howard. "And that's what we plan to do as soon as we're out there: play as hard as possible and try to change the game." You can't always trust what you see in the preseason. With that in mind, Warriors coach Steve Kerr cautiously expects the Lakers to come out roaring one day. "I mean, they have a lot of great players and they have changed a lot over the summer," said Kerr. “And like all of us, when we make big changes, all you have to do is work and see where it all goes. It's up to us all to determine. ”With Trevor Ariza out, the Lakers are ready to lean on their size. Lakers pulls back his number 16 jersey Lakers have recovered from their bubble title burnout The only other Laker to miss the game besides Davis was Trevor Ariza, who will be out for at least eight weeks after his ankle surgery on Wednesday. Vogel said the injury was only visible after Ariza started the non-contact training camp and was paused afterwards. "Trevor did everything to see if he could survive the injury without being absent at any time and without intervention," said Vogel. "So in the end it was about making sure we cleaned it up and hopefully we'll get it back as soon as possible." Vogel hasn't committed to playing larger lineups with Davis and a traditional center without Ariza, and said the Lakers will determine their rotations during the preseason. The Lakers still haven't played James, Westbrook and Davis together in three preseason games. The next Lakers preseason game will take place on Sunday at 7 p.m. when they host the Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center. LeBron prefers to note what happens on the practice range than games in the preseason.

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