‘Warriors WrapUp’: Golden State handles Wizards 139-115 for 11th straight win; Jennings says Warriors ‘disrespectful’; Curry finishes with 42; Draymond Green gets triple-double

It would be a little bit of an understatement to say that Stephen Curry started well in the Warriors’ 139-115 victory over the Washington Wizards at Oracle on Sunday. “Well” doesn’t do justice to Curry, who was in on all of the Warriors’ first 23 points.

Yep, Curry nailed four three pointers and handed out five assists in the game’s first seven-plus minutes, helping to get the Warriors — and their fans — into the game. Curry slowed down a little bit, but he still finished the first half with 22 points and six assists, and he buried 6-of-9 3-pointers. Despite hanging in for much of the first half, the Wizards still found themselves down 67-57 at halftime.

LINK TO ‘WARRIORS WRAPUP’ FROM GOLDEN STATE’S 139-115 WIN OVER WASHINGTON.

The only downside to the night for the Warriors was the way it ended — with Brandon Jennings committing a flagrant foul against JaVale McGee, who was attempting a 3-point shot late in the game … but with the shot clock still in play.

That attempt came on the heels of the Warriors spoon-feeding Draymond Green on multiple possessions in order to try to get him a triple double, which they eventually did. But Jennings said he felt the Warriors were being disrespectful, and even Steve Kerr didn’t completely disagree.

Kerr apologized for McGee’s shot and acknowledged that he was “uncomfortable” with it. Still that couldn’t overshadow Curry’s performance.

Curry’s third quarter wasn’t quite as good as his first, though he did have 15 points, while backcourt mate Klay Thompson had 12. By that time, the Warriors led 106-88.¬†Curry’s line was a thing of beauty. He had 42 points in just 35 minutes, going 15-for-22 from the field, including 9-for-14 from beyond the arc. He had eight assists and one lonely turnover.

Curry hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter to give him 300 for the season. He is the only player in NBA history with 300-plus 3-pointers in a single season. He has now done so twice. Last year Curry finished the season with 402 3-pointers, a league record.

The Warriors, of course, have put together this 11-game winning streak without the services of Kevin Durant, who has an injured left leg. Durant continues to make progress and the issue isn’t if he’ll return, it’s when.

Though the Warriors have ruled him out for the next two games — vs. Minnesota and at Phoenix — it is likely he’ll return for the last game or so before the Warriors head into the postseason.

Draymond Green finished with a triple double, scoring 11 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and handing out 13 assists … never mind the Warriors purposely were feeding him for a bucket because he was two points short — until he buried a 3-pointer with under a minute.

Advertisements
Posted in Warriors | Leave a comment

‘NBA This Week’: Interview with Warriors assistant GM Travis Schlenk

Had a good, solid 20-plus minute interview with Golden State Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk during the “NBA This Week.” Schlenk has been around since the Mike Montgomery era, and he has methodically moved up the organizational chart and is now one of the team’s important decision-makers.

LINK TO INTERVIEW WITH WARRIORS ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER TRAVIS SCHLENK.

We had a chance to ask Schlenk about a variety of topics, including:

–The emergence of Draymond Green as one of the best players in the NBA. Schlenk was largely responsible for the decision to draft Green, and we asked him what he saw in the former Michigan State forward.

Schlenk said that while the Warriors never expected Green to be this impactful, they did like his ability to pass, the fact he played four years in college and his competitiveness. But Schlenk went into more detail about Green and his game.

Continue reading

Posted in Warriors | Leave a comment

‘Warriors WrapUp’: Golden State locks up Rockets, Harden again in 107-98 victory; JaVale McGee makes impact on both ends of floor; 10 straight wins for Warriors

Preview of the Western Conference finals? We’ll see. But nobody will complain if the Warriors and Rockets wind up playing to determine which team will play in the NBA Finals.

Despite both teams essentially being locked into their current seeding, they found a way to play a tough, competitive game at Oracle Arena on Friday — a game that was eventually won by the Warriors 107-98. It was the 10th consecutive victory for the Warriors.

LINK TO ‘WARRIORS WRAPUP’ FROM WARRIORS’ 107-98 WIN OVER HOUSTON.

The Warriors (62-14) lead the Spurs in the battle for the the No. 1 overall seed in the West by 3.5 games with just six games remaining. So they’ve pretty much wrapped that up. Similarly, the Rockets are all but locked in to the No. 3 spot — too far behind No. 2 San Antonio and too far ahead of No. 4 Utah.

The Warriors found themselves down most of the night until a 12-0 run midway through the fourth quarter put them in control 100-92. During that stretch, the Rockets came up empty on nine consecutive possessions and went more than six minutes without a score.

It was another long night for Houston’s James Harden against the Warriors, and he’s likely getting tired of them at this point. Harden finished with just 17 points and went 4-for-18 from the floor, including 2-for-9 from the 3-point line. The Warriors did a nice job of keeping Harden off the foul line, allowing him there for only seven attempts.

In four games against the Warriors this year, Harden went 23-for-74 from the field (31 percent) and 5-for-34 from beyond the arc (14.7 percent). He also committed 26 turnovers in those four games.

It was the defense that keyed this one for Golden State. The Rockets scored just 13 points in the fourth quarter and were outscored 19-6 over the final 9:41 of regulation. The Warriors finished their season-series with the Rockets having won three of four.

Stephen Curry finished with 24 points and Klay Thompson 20, but it was JaVale McGee who really gave the Warriors a boost when they needed it. McGee was a big-time factor on both ends of the floor, putting all the garbage in at the offensive end and defending the rim at the other. McGee had 13 points, four rebounds and five blocks in just 11 minutes. But the Warriors outscored Houston by 10 points with McGee on the floor.

 

Posted in Warriors | Leave a comment

‘Warriors WrapUp’: Golden State rallies from way back, gets signature win over Spurs 110-98; Warriors a virtual lock for No. 1 seed in West; nine straight wins without Kevin Durant

Well, that was the signature win of the year for the Warriors. They went into San Antonio on Wednesday, got behind by 22 points, and then used a stifling and aggressive defense to claw all the way back and then some, winning 110-98.

The victory essentially paves the way for the Warriors to roll into the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the West. The Warriors now lead the Spurs by 3.5 games, with just seven games left to play. Six of those games are at home for Golden State.

LINK TO “WARRIORS WRAPUP,” THE POSTGAME SHOW FROM WARRIORS-SPURS GAME.

Safe to say the Warriors have figured things out without Kevin Durant, who has been out with a knee injury since the beginning of March. The Warriors have won nine straight games, and the icing on the cake is Durant may return by the end of the regular season. In Durant’s absence, plenty of Warriors have picked up the slack — and Wednesday was no different.

After getting behind 29-7, the Warriors (61-14) put it all together and there were all sorts of contributions. David West played a terrific game on both ends of the floor, finishing with 15 points, five assists, four rebounds and two blocked shots in just 22 minutes. Andre Iguodala continued his phenomenal play, scoring 14 points and being an important cog in a defense that stymied San Antonio after their hot start.

The Spurs scored just 41 points in the second half, and shot only 41 percent from the game. Kawhi Leonard, facing multiple defenders and plenty of attention from the Warriors’ help, had 19 points on 7-for-20 from the field. At various times Leonard found himself guarded by Matt Barnes, Iguodala, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 29 points and he also played a wonderful floor game, handing out 11 assists and turning the ball over just twice. Thompson finished with 23 points on 9-for-16 from the floor.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Warriors | Leave a comment

Draymond Green is right on the money about Raiders’ move to Las Vegas; we’re all figuring out how we’re going to handle it

We know that Draymond Green is outspoken, and we know he doesn’t mind voicing his opinion. Particularly when he is asked for it. After the Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night, Green was asked about the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas and how he feels about it.

As usual, Green didn’t hold back. Among other things, Green said: “If I was a fan, I wouldn’t attend a game the next few years. But that’s just me. That’s ridiculous. No way I’d pay money to attend a game.”

A day after those comments were made, they’re still resonating. The bottom line is that Green struck on a very strong sentiment. The fact of the matter is that Green is dealing with something most Raiders’ fans in Oakland are dealing with: How to approach this team moving forward.

Continue reading

Posted in Warriors | Leave a comment

‘Warriors WrapUp’: Golden State gets it done, beats Rockets 113-106; Harden bottled up; Curry, Thompson with big games

The Warriors guards played well; The Rockets guards didn’t. That’s about all you need to know about the Warriors’ 113-106 win over Houston on Tuesday. Stephen Curry had 32 points, including (what else?) a couple of big buckets late that sealed thing for the Warriors, Klay Thompson did his thing, too, finishing with 25 points.

James Harden suffered another horrible shooting game against the Warriors, going 5-for-20 from the field, while missing eight of his nine 3-point attempts. Harden is 19-for-56 from the field (33.9 percent) and 3-for-25 from 3-point range (12 percent) this year against the Warriors. Eric Gordon, one of Harden’s partners in the backcourt went just 3-for-9 from the floor.

It was the Warriors’ eighth consecutive win and moved them 2.5 games ahead of San Antonio for the best record in the Western Conference.

LINK TO ‘WARRIORS WRAPUP’ FROM TONIGHT’S WARRIORS-ROCKETS GAME ON 95.7-FM.

Continue reading

Posted in Warriors | 3 Comments

‘Warriors WrapUp’: Golden State grinds one out against Memphis, wins 106-94; Curry flurry puts game away; Thompson finishes with 31 points

The Warriors played in the mud most of Sunday night, which is what happens sometimes when you play the Memphis Grizzlies. It took Stephen Curry’s fourth-quarter flurry to finally get the Warriors some separation and they rode it to a 106-94

Golden State (59-14) has now won seven consecutive games and lead the San Antonio Spurs by 2.5 games in the battle for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

LINK TO “WARRIORS WRAPUP,” THE POSTGAME SHOW ON 95.7-FM THE GAME WILL BE POSTED WHEN READY.

Curry was in the midst of a so-so game when he came back into the game midway through the fourth quarter and the Warriors up just five. Curry promptly delivered a nice pass that turned into an assist after David West buried a jumper and then he followed that up with a 3-pointer. That bucket gave the Warriors a 96-86 lead — their biggest of the game.

Curry finished with 21 points and took care of the finish. Klay Thompson had 31 points, including 7-for-11 from 3-point range, and took care of much of the third quarter. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 29 points.

After bumping and grinding for more than a half, the Warriors seemed poised to finally put some distance between themselves and the Grizzlies late in the third quarter. Getting contributions from Matt Barnes and Andre Iguodala the Warriors took an 81-72 lead, their biggest of the night up to that point. But Conley spearheaded a quick and efficient 9-0 run and just like that it was all tied. The Warriors took a two-point lead heading into the fourth. It stayed tight till Curry did his thing.

For a good chunk of the first half Memphis did Memphis things to the Warriors, slowing them down and making them appear disjointed. Meanwhile, at the offensive end, the Grizzlies made sure to play at their glacial pace, which is always a good way to try to go about slowing down the Warriors.

But it’s tough to totally slow down the Warriors when they go 17-for-31 from the 3-point line, which they did. Meanwhile the Grizzlies made just 8-for-29 from 3-point range.

 

Posted in Warriors | Leave a comment

‘Warriors WrapUp’: Golden State wins sixth straight, beat Kings 114-100; Stephen Curry finishes with 27 points & 12 assists; tricky stretch now comes for Warriors

That’s six wins in a row for the Golden State Warriors. Seemed like just a short time ago this team was in chaos, having lost 5 of 7, which represented their worst stretch of basketball in the Steve Kerr era.

But a 114-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings at Oracle Arena on Friday night kept the Warriors rolling and gives them a 2.5 game lead over the San Antonio Spurs in the battle for home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

Stephen Curry fought off some defensive rustiness but made up for it and then some with 27 points, 12 assists and six steals. Draymond Green finished with 23 points and eight assists.

LINK TO “WARRIORS WRAPUP” FROM THEIR 1114-110 WIN OVER SACRAMENTO KINGS.

Things get a little tricky now for the Warriors. They play the Grizzlies on Sunday night, then travel to Houston and San Antonio for a back-to-back. Then the Warriors play at home against the Rockets and then against the Wizards. That’s a tough, little stretch.

The Warriors didn’t play a great first half, but they did have a lot of players make contributions. Eleven Warriors’ players scored in the first half, helping them to a 57-50 lead.

While much of the focus on Curry has centered on his 3-point shooting fall-off, what’s been discussed less is perhaps his step back defensively. Last season, Curry seemed to make strides defensively; he was active and focused on a consistent basis.

But this season he’s been taken advantage of more than in 2015-16. Some of that is likely that teams are attacking Curry more frequently this season, identifying him as the team’s weakest link at that end of the floor. The other part is on Curry.

Ty Lawson ran circles around Curry in the first half, going into intermission with 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field. Maybe the most alarming part of that performance was Lawson’s ability to get to the rim with as much frequency as he did.

Posted in Warriors | 1 Comment

‘Warriors WrapUp’: Warriors rout Dallas 112-87 for fifth in a row; Durant looks good before game and on sidelines; David West turns back the clock with second-quarter dunk

The best part of of the Warriors’ 112-87 win over Dallas on Tuesday didn’t happen on the court. It happened just off of it, on the sidelines.

That’s where Kevin Durant almost jumped out of his seat to celebrate a David West dunk in traffic in the second quarter that nobody saw coming. Durant had accompanied the Warriors on their two-day trip to Oklahoma City and Dallas and sat on the bench both nights.

West took a nice feed from Shaun Livingston among a sea of bodies and started pivoting to gain an advantage. Out of nowhere, West, 36 rose up and threw one down, sparking a big-time reaction from everyone. That bucket gave the Warriors a 32-25 lead.

LINK TO “WARRIORS WRAPUP” FROM WARRIORS’ VICTORY OVER DALLAS.

Durant injured his knee in a game earlier this month against the Washington Wizards. The Warriors said he would be re-evaluated in four weeks, and he obviously will. But that didn’t stop Durant from shooting around before the game and he looked pretty pain free. His bench explosion sent the same message. It’s hard not to take all of that as a positive sign if you’re a Golden State Warriors fan.

Talking points from the game:

–The Warriors don’t have a lot of weaknesses, but one they do have is defending waterbug type guards. And Dallas has a few of them in Yogi Farrell, J.J. Barea and Devin Harris — not to mention Seth Curry, who might exactly fit the description but pretty close.

Continue reading

Posted in Warriors | 2 Comments

Quit blaming players for resting; it’s on coaches, GMs & owners

Question: Why are players taking the brunt of the criticism for resting during regular-season games?

For the past few weeks, all I’ve heard are things like “the players nowadays are so soft” or “it’s ridiculous that these guys sit out when they’re healthy,” or maybe something like “it’s so unfair to the fans that they don’t get to see players such as LeBron James and Stephen Curry play — even when they’re not injured.”

I heard one media member say today: “The players are angering the fans with this sitting out stuff.” This was the topic of conversation during my interview with 95.7-FM The Game this morning and it got pretty lively.

LINK TO INTERVIEW: “STOP BLAMING THE PLAYERS FOR RESTING; IT’S NOT ON THEM.

So, let me ask again: Why are the players getting the heat? They’re not the ones asking for days off; they’re not the ones complaining that they’re worn out and need to be healthy scratch; they’re not the ones responsible for this issue.

Continue reading

Posted in Warriors | Leave a comment