Balls: Poor Warriors face next crisis: Too much rest 

click to enlarge Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, puts up a shot while being defended by the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, center, as Golden State’s Andrew Bogut looks on. The Warriors are off until at least Sunday after sweeping their series against the Pelicans. - GERALD HERBERT/AP FILE PHOTO
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  • Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, puts up a shot while being defended by the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, center, as Golden State’s Andrew Bogut looks on. The Warriors are off until at least Sunday after sweeping their series against the Pelicans.

Geez, what will poor Steve Kerr do now?

After the Warriors won their final scrimmage against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night, they won't play again until next weekend at the earliest. That leaves Kerr with an urgent problem on his hands — how to find creative ways to fill so much down time and keep his team sharp at the same time.

Somehow, Kerr and his team will get through this crisis. Remember, he played for Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls teams that routinely put away playoff opponents early, so he has been down this road before.

"It'll be a mix of rest, reps and scrimmaging," Kerr said of the plan. "You've got to keep your conditioning."

Balls suggests a short trip to Las Vegas, so good and lucky have the Warriors been this season.

NOT EASY TO BE GREEN: The best part of the layoff is Draymond Green will have a few days to rest the left ankle that was bent out of shape more than once in the last series. Green wasn't his usual boisterous self after the clincher, which merited a 72-point headline in itself, but the relative silence might have said more about his health problems than anything else.

David Lee should be ready to test his strained lower back in the second round which will begin Sunday at the earliest, but the Warriors can survive without him. They can't win it all with Green at less than his best. While Stephen Curry was the most dominant offensive player in the first round, Green's value was never more apparent at the other end, where his team allowed an estimated nine fewer points per 100 possessions while he was on the court than with Curry in the game.

DANGER IN THE EAST BAY: While the Giants threaten to dig themselves out of an early hole, the A's may dig themselves into one if they're not careful.

On Sunday, the A's had another bad loss against the Houston Astros — the first-place Houston Astros? — which left them with an 3-7 record at home and 8-12 overall. This is not a pretty picture. Ben Zobrist is the movable piece they can't afford to lose, and he'll be on the disabled list for a while. Brett Lawrie has a bum knee, Coco Crisp will be out for another month at least and opponents have begun to figure out rookie Mark Canha already.

Somehow, the A's have to find a way to tread water in a so-so division until the All-Star break. Otherwise, Zobrist, Scott Kazmir and a few others will be shopped around before the trade deadline. Won't Coliseum be a fun place to visit then?

JUST ASKIN': Can't recall more dropped fly balls than the A's have had in the first month of the season. Strange, Balls didn't know Jose Canseco was a guest instructor in training camp, did you?

IS WILLIAMS THE ONE? Balls doesn't pretend to be a draft expert, but it knows that defense wins in the NFL most of the time, and the Raiders don't have a very good one right now. So if USC stud tackle Leonard Williams is still on board at the fourth pick, Pride and Poise may want to seriously consider him.

Now get this: Williams actually wants to be Raider.

"The Raiders have kind of been like my favorite hometown team," Williams said recently. "I love their colors. I love their tradition. I love their defense. I want to go as high as possible and shooting for that No. 1 slot, but if I did end up dropping to the Raiders, I would love to play for them."

And when the Raiders move to Southern California in a few months, Williams will feel like he's back at USC again.

ARRIVEDERCI, RAIDERS: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell referred to the stadium projects in Carson and Inglewood as "viable" with a "great deal of potential to be successful." That's NFL-speak for "Gentlemen, start your Mayflower vans."

YOUR TURN ...: "Your opinion [about Barry Bonds] is just like the majority of out-of-touch, old, white men who continue to drag the sport of baseball down the toilet. Barry never had one dirty test and that just killed you and all the other sports dingbats. All the cream and crap he used was obviously legal at the time and got him bigger and stronger. What's the big deal? Bonds is not guilty! In your face and have a nice day." — Ben Poblitz, South San Francisco

(You can all me white and you can call me out of touch and you can call me a man. Just don't call me old, OK?)

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