The Warriors secured a spot in the play-in tournament Monday, which only fueled speculation about their postseason fate: Could they face the Lakers in the play-in tournament? If they make the first round of the playoffs, will they play the Jazz or Suns?
It was no surprise, then, that a good number of the questions in this week’s Warriors mailbag were about potential postseason matchups. Here are my answers to all of your most pressing queries:
@earlboykinsfan: When is Jordan Bell signing?
I’m hearing that he’s supposed to sign Thursday, which would make him available for the final two regular-season games and the postseason. Keep in mind: The NBA changed the rules of the two-way contract to allow two-way players to play in the playoffs.
As for Bell’s role? He is mainly being brought in to ease the workload of Kevon Looney, who has been topping the 30-minute mark in recent weeks more often than the Warriors would like. He is someone Golden State would prefer to keep in the 25-minute range.
I expect Bell to log 8-10 minutes a night off the bench. Though he has worked on his jump shot and ballhandling since leaving the Warriors two years ago, he’ll be asked to play sound positional defense, block the occasional shot, rebound, and find his points on put-backs and alley-oops.
@willdonohueCA: Is there any possibility that Eric Paschall or Damion Lee could return during the play-in or playoffs?…