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The fans of the Golden State Warriors got a fleeting taste of success tonight as they routed a Portland Trailblazers team consisting of mostly reserves by a score of 110-86 at Oracle Arena this evening.
Four of the five startes for the W’s tonight were in double figures, lead by Reggie Williams with 28 points including 4-8 from downtown, Dorell Wright had 20, Steph Curry had 18 and 9 assists, while David Lee had 13 and 6 boards; Jeremy Lin also had a great showing with 12 points in 24 minutes off the bench. As a team the W’s shot 51% and had an impressive 15 steals, compared to the Blazers atrocious 33% from the field and 6 steals.
As previously mentioned, Portland used a lot of reserves tonight, led by Paddy Mills’ 23 points, Wesley Matthews had 18, while Armon Johnson added 12 and Luke Babbit 11. Portland out rebounded the W’s 48-41, but also had 19 turnovers.
Full box score can be found here.
Great way to end the season for the Warriors, now it’s onward and upward, and the NBA Draft Lottery.
Well, the end of the road has finally arrived for the Golden State Warriors’ 2011 campaign, and no matter which way you slice it, it was a disappointing one. But they have one last shot at some fleeting glory as they host the Portland Trailblazers at Oracle Arena tonight.
With the unfortunate concussion Monta Ellis suffered against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, the W’s are having to look to other options to score in bunches. Stehen Curry and Dorell Wright are viable options, both scoring 27 points in the W’s loss to Denver on Monday, but Curry is questionable with a sprained ankle. If Golden State wants to keep up with the playoff bound Blazers led by LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy and Gerald Wallace, David Lee is going to have to bring his A game tonight to make up for the lack of offense, and do his best to lock it down on defense.
In their last meeting on April 5th, the W’s got a rare road win in the Rose Garden 108-87, snapping the Blazers 8 game home winning streak at the time. Portland has locked up the 6th seed in the Western Conference, but could play either the Lakers, Mavericks, or Thunder depending on how the season ends for each of those teams. Portland is 18-22 on the road this year having lost 5 of the last 7 away from the Rose Garden, but on the last night of the season the Blazers may already be looking past the W’s to the playoffs. Whether or not Nate Mcmillan will rest his starters is yet to be seen, but either way I suspect the W’s will play their hearts out trying to get a win for the fans for the last time at Oracle this season.
Tonight is only the second time in NBA history that every team will be suited up on the final day of the season. The only other time was the 1956-57 season when the league had only 8 teams, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Tipoff is set for 7:30 tonight and can be seen on CSNBay HD, or heard on KNBR 1050 AM.
For more in depth discussion and analysis of everything Warriors, head over to Golden State of Mind to get in on the action.
As the Golden State Warriors finish off their season sans Monta Ellis, the other scorers on the team would have to pick up the slack. Stephen Curry and Dorell Wright held up their ends of the bargain, but unfortunately the W’s defense couldn’t get the job done tonight as the Denver Nuggets got the win by a score of 134-111.
Curry and Wright scored 27 apeice for the W’s, with Reggie Williams added 17 and David Lee 10. Rookie Ekpe Udoh had an impressive 6 blocks, while Valdimir Radmanovic added 9 from off the bench. As a team the Warriors shot 44% from the floor, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Nugs offensive explosion tonight.
The Nuggets had an astounding 76 points in the paint tonight, with 9 of their 10 players scoring in double digits, led by J.R. Smith’s 22, and Chris Anderson’s double-double of 14 points and 12 boards. Denver shot an impressive 53% from the field, while out rebounding the W’s 49-37.
Full box score can be found here.
Next for the Warriors is their final game of the season as the host the Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is set for 7:30 and can be seen on CSN Bay Plus and heard on KNBR 1050 AM.
For more discussion and analysis of the Warriors, head over to our W’s blog, Golden State of Mind to get your fix.
After a slurry of tests and examinations the Golden State Warriors and their medical staff has found that guard Monta Ellis’ fall last night against the Sacramento Kings has indeed given him a concussion, effectively ending his season, even though it is only two more games.
DeMarcus Cousins fouled Ellis hard last night causing him to hit the floor hard with his skull bouncing off the court. Monta laid there motionless for a few moments and had to be helped off the court by his teammates because he was so dizzy. He spent last night at hospital for observation, but was released earlier today. He will not travel with the team for the W’s game in Denver tonight.
As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, here’s a quote from David Lee about Ellis’ episode:
“You could just see in the look in his eyes that he had no idea where he was,” teammate David Lee said. “It’s a scary moment. I’ve been there before, where guys assume you’re fine because you’re getting up but you have no idea where you’re at.”
Hope you can bounce back quickly Monta, Lord knows the Warriors need you.
Coming off of a disappointing loss to the Sacramento Kings last night, the Golden State Warriors will have to regroup quickly as they head to the mile high city to take on the Denver Nuggets tonight in the second night of a back-to-back. If playing in the low altitude of Denver on on the second night of a back-to-back wasn’t hard enough, the W’s will be without their star guard Monta Ellis who suffered a possible concussion last night at Oracle, and will not travel with the team to Denver.
In their last meeting at Orcale, Monta dropped 37 on the Nugs to get a 116-114 win at a time when Denver still had Carmelo Anthony. Now facing the new look Nuggets for the first time, The W’s will have a stiff test playing one of the hotter teams in the NBA right now; especially without their top scorer and leader Monta Ellis. Steph Curry and David Lee are going to have to step their game up for the remaining two games of the season if Golden State doesn’t want to finish 0-2.
Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. and can be seen on CSN Bay Plus and heard on KNBR 1050 AM.
For more in depth discssion and analysis of everything Warriors, head on over to our W’s blog, Golden State of Mind, to get your fix.
As the Kings continue their farewell tour, they made their last stop ever at Oralce Arena tonight as the Sacramanto Kings, and made sure to make the most of it as a late rally got them past the Golden State Warriors for a stunning 104-103 win tonight.
The Warriors had led for most of the game until an 11-0 run by the Kigns got them back into the game, then Marcus Thornton hit a jumper with about 12 seconds left in the game to put the Kings up for good. With the win the Kings effectively ended the Warriors 3 game winning streak, and gave the fans in the Bay something to remember them by when they’re gone
Monta Ellis left late in the fourth quarter with a head injury after falling hard after a foul, slamming his skull against the court. The extent of the injury is not yet known for sure yet, but Ellis could definitely have suffered a concussion, leaving him out for the last few games on the W’s schedule. Steph Curry had 27 points on 11-17 shooting, David Lee added a double-double with 24 points and 14 boards. Dorell Wright added 19 and Ekpe Udoh had 10 points and 4 blocks. The W’s out rebounded the Kings 52-43 and shot 45% from the floor.
Marcus Thornton led the Kings with 21 points, DeMarcus Cousins had a double-double with 15 points and 13 boards, while Tyreke Evans and Beno Udrih added 14 apiece. The Kings had 23 turnovers as a team that led to 27 points for Golden State, but it still wasn’t enough for the W’s to get the win.
Full box score can be found here.
Next up for the Warriors is their second to last game of the season as they make their final road trip of the season to face the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center tomorrow. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. and can be seen on CSN Bay Plus and heard on KNBR 1050 AM.
For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Golden State Warriors, head over to Golden State of Mind to get in on the action.
The end of the 2011 NBA regular season is just days away, which means that the life of the Sacramento Kings franchise is drawing to a close. With the Maloof brothers all but packed for their relocation to Anaheim and renaming the team the ‘Royals’ the Golden State Warriors will have their last shot to face them before they head for southern California tonight.
In their last meeting in Sacramento, The Kings we’re all over the W’s by a score of 129-119 with Marcus Thornton blowing up for 42 points. It was the last time the Warriors likely will ever play at Arco/Power Band Pavilion, and a fitting way for the Kings to end the run with their Bay Area rivals, but now the W’s will look to return the favor this evening, as well as winning their fourth game in a row.
The Warriors are 8-1 over their last nine games versus the Kings at Orcale with a scoring average of a whopping 124.6 per game. But during their latest win streak, the W’s have been putting in work with their defense. Here what Monta Ellis has to say about their play as of late:
“We’ve just been playing both halves, mainly I think it’s our defense, limiting teams to one possession versus getting second-chance points. And then getting out and running and making shots.”
Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. tonight and can be seen on CSN Bay HD or KNBR 680 AM.
For more in depth discussion and analysis of everything Warriors, head over to Golden State of Mind to get in on the action.
As the Los Angeles Lakers came to Oracle Arena tonight, they had to get a win to keep their hopes of stealing the number one spot from the San Antonio Spurs alive. But they didn’t and they won’t.The Warriors took down the defending champion Lakers at Oracle Arena this evening by a score of 95-87, surprisingly using their interior presence and defense to knock off a team that is one of the best in the NBA at both.
The Warriors were down by as much as 12 in the first quarter, but turned up the heat for the rest of the game. David Lee had a monster double-double with 22 points and 17 rebounds, he also hand 5 assists and 4 steals. Monta Ellis led all scorers with 26, Steph Curry had 20, while Dorell Wright struggled for the second night in a row. Despite his 10 points on 3-13 shooting, he managed to surpass Jason Richardson’s 2005-06 record of most three pointers made, hitting his 184th of the year. The Warriors out rebounded the much bigger Lakers 50-47, and were a plus 7 in turnovers with 11 compared to the Lakers 18.
To go along with their large number of turnovers, the Lakers also shot an abismal 59% from the free throw line (16-27), an all around out of character night for the Lake Show. Kobe Bryant still managed 25 points, Andrew Bynum finsihed with another nice double-double with 13 points and 17 boards, Pau Gasol had 18 and 7 rebounds, while Matt Barnes added 10 from off the bench.
Next up for the Warriors will likely be their last meeting ever with the Sacramento Kings on Sunday at Oracle Arena, with tipoff set for 6:00 p.m.
For more analysis and discussion of everything Warriors, head over to Golden State of Mind to get in on the action.
The Golden State Warriors rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers isn’t as big as say the Lakers and the Boston Celtics, but don’t tell that to Warriors fans. When the Lake Show rolls through town, there’s a different atmosphere at Oracle Arena, and the players always get up for it.
Tonight has been no different as the Warriors fought back to take a 43-38 lead at halftime. Neither team shot very well in the half, but the Warriors up tempo offense has been forcing turnovers and making quick buckets.
After the Lakers started the game with a 10-0 run, it looked like it was going to be one of those nights. But some poor shooting by the Lakers let the W’s get back into it, and eventually took the lead in the second quarter. Monta Ellis had 14 points in the half, David Lee had 12 and 5 boards, while Dorell Wright and Steph Curry struggled with a combined 6 points on 3-18 shooting. The Warriors shot 40% for the half but out rebounded the Lakers 25-24.
Of those 24 rebounds the Lakers have, Andrew Bynum had 13 of them, adding 6 points and a steal. Kobe Bryant had Pau Gasol had 9, and Lamar Odom had 5. The lakers shot 38% as a team an uncharacteristic 11 turnovers.
The Warriors can keep the Lakers from the top seed in the West if they get the win tonight, and if they keep up their level of play they could definitely do it.
After the Golden State Warriors took out the Portland Trailblazers (as well as Marcus Camby) last night by a score of 108-87 at the Rose Garden, they now head back to Oracle to host the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers with both teams on the second night of a back-to-back. It is always one of the most popular and anticipated games of the year at Oracle as the W’s will look to extend Kobe Bryant and the Lakers losing streak to three games in a row.
The Lakers lost a nail bitter to the Utah Jazz last night 86-85 and two nights prior to the Denver Nuggets 95-90, and I could only imagine that they will come out hunger and focused tonight as they look to steal the number one seed in the Western Conference from the San Antonio Spurs. In their last meeting the Lakers won 115-110 with Kobe dropping 39 on the Warriors. Monta Ellis will look to return the favor tonight at Oracle, and hopefully extend the W’s win streak to two.
Tipoff is set for 7:30 tonight and can be seen on CSN Bay HD, and heard on KNBR 1050 AM.
For more discussion and analysis, head over to Golden State of Mind to get you fix.
The Portland Trailblazers are one of the best teams in the NBA at holding it down on their own court, but not this night. David Lee had a monster double-double with 29 points and 20 rebounds, leading the Golden State Warriors to a big road win by a score of 108-87 at the Rose Garden in Portland.
It wasn’t just Lee doing all the work tonight as Monta Ellis lead all scorers with 30 points on 11-19 from the floor and 4-6 from 3-point range. Steph Curry saw 42 minutes of play tonight and made the most of it, finishing with 28 and 8 boards, but Dorell Wright struggled mightily with only 4 points on 2-11 shooting from the floor. The W’s out rebounded the Blazers 47-40, and shot an even 50% for the game on 41-82 as a team.
The big news for the Blazers tonight was the early injury to Marcus Camby, who fell during a rebound attempt compounded by David Lee falling on him, causing his head to bounce off the floor. It is still uncertain the extent of his injury, but a diagnosis should be released tomorrow. As for actual game performances, LaMarcus Aldrige had 17 and 12 boards, Wes Matthews added 17 as well, and Nicolas Batum had 15 from off the bench.
The Warriors now head back to Oracle to face the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers tomorrow on the second night of a back-to-back. Tipoff is set for 7:30 tomorrow night and can be seen on CSN Bay HD, ESPN, or heard on KNBR 1050 AM.
For more discussion and analysis about the Warriors, head over to Golden State of Mind to get your fix.
As the Golden State Warriors season dwindles down to it's last week, there is nothing left to play for but personal pride and the love of the fanbase. But with a road game at the Rose Garden against the Portland Trailblazers tonight, a win might be hard to come by.
The Blazers are a whopping 28-10 at home this year, and with the addition of Gerald Wallace at the trade deadline earlier this season, they are more formidable than ever. They've won the last 9 home games and 7 of their last 10, and are on the verge of clinching their third playoff berth in the last three years. Even though the Warriors have struggled all season on the road, they hopefully will come out hungry and steal a win up in the city of roses.
The Warriors took the loss in their last matchup on Christmas day by a score of 109-102, despite 39 points and seven assists by Monta Ellis. Monta has been the definition of toughness as of late after playing 44 minutes and scoring 32 points against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday despite having a sprained ankle. Here's what Monta said concerning his mindset about the end of the season:
"Watch a lot of film and see the good things we did and correct the bad things we did. Treat every game like it's our last five. We still have a job to do and that's to finish the season up strong."
Like to hear that from the teams leader.
Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on CSN Bay AreaPlus and heard on KNBR 680 AM.
For more discussion and analysis about the Warriors, head over to Golden State of Mind to get in on the action.
Despite having a sprained ankle that kept him out of practice yesterday Monta Ellis still dropped 32 points for the Golden State Warriors tonight as they beat the Dallas Mavericks by a score of 99-92 at Oracle Arena. It was a close one all the way, but a great third quarter gave the W’s just enough wiggle room to get the win.
Monta scored 18 of his 32 points in the third quarter, and still managed to play 44 minutes on his sore ankle. David Lee had 16 and 8 boards, Dorell Wright had 13 and Stephen Curry had 12 and 8 assists on 3-8 shooting in only 32 minutes of play. Al Thornton made good with his 23 minutes off the bench, scoring 12 and grabbing 9 rebounds. As a team they tied the Mavs in rebounds with 43 apiece, but had 14 turnovers as well.
As for the Mavs it was their bench doing most of the significant damage tonight as Shawn Marion led their team with 21 points off the bench, Jose Barea had a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists, while Jason Terry added 17 and 5 assists. Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 on a measly 5-16 shooting tonight, though he only played 35 minutes.
Next up for the Warriors is the a trip to Portland to face the Blazers on Tuesday with tipoff set for 7 p.m. at the rose Garden with coverage on CSN Bay Plus and KNBR 680 AM. For more discussion and analysis of everything Warriors, head over to Golden State of Mind to get your fix.
As the Golden State Warriors get ready to host the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena this evening, all of the focus sits squarely on the shoulders of Monta Ellis as his status for the game is questionable after injuring his ankle against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night. Ellis was held out of practice on Friday, but with or without him, the Warriors need to play their best to beat a team like Dallas.
In their last meeting with Dallas the Warriors got blown out at the American Airlines Center, eventually losing by a score of 101-73. But the Warriors will be glad to be home, despite the possible absence of their number one scorer. Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle explains how Monta's grit and determination is inspiring and shows his way of leading a team is by example.
Tipoff is set for 7:30 pm and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM. For more discussion and analysis of everything Warriors, head over to our W's blog, Golden State of Mind, to get in on the action.
Through the first half of the game the Golden State Warriors were looking good. The bench was getting involved, the starters were looking good; especially on the second half of a back-to-back. But the the Memphis Grizzlies changed gears and completely took over the game, eventually beating the W’s by a score of 110-91 at the Fedex Forum this evening.
The Warriors offense really struggled tonight, especially the starters, particularly Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. After dropping 35 the night before on the Thunder, Curry managed only 6 points on 2-14 shooting from the floor while matching his point total with his turnovers with 6. Monta fared a little better with 16 on 7-14 shooting, but played only 30 minutes as head coach Keith Smart used his bench extensively tonight.
Besides Jeff Adrien, the entire bench saw at least 14 minutes during the game, with Vladimir Radmanovic scoring 11 points and Lou Amundson adding 7. Maybe Smart was looking for fresher legs on the back-to-back road trip or perhaps was simply tinkering and letting some guys get some minutes.
As for the Grizz it was the three headed monster of Tony Allen, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph doing a majority of the damage tonight as Allen dropped 21 and 8 boards and Conley and Randolph each scored 20. Memphis shot 56% as a team and committed only 5 turnovers the entire game.
The Warriors now head back to Oracle Arena to host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m.
For more conversation and analysis of the Golden State Warriors, head on over to our W’s blog, Golden State of Mind, to get you fix.
After a disappointing overtime loss last night in Oklahoma City, the Golden State Warriors are in Memphis tonight to take on the Grizzlies on the second night of a back-to-back at the Fedex Forum in the Bluff City. The Warriors now only have 7 more games in their season, so they’re running out of time to get some moral victories, while the Grizzlies are fighting to keep their playoff spot.
The last time these two teams met, the Warriors took the loss 116-111, where Andris Biedrins dropped 28 points and 21 boards (I almost forgot he could produce a stat line line that), but the W’s will be without him for the rest of the season. The Grizzlies have had their own injury problems as of late as Rudy Gay is out with a season ending shoulder injury, but that hasn’t stopped the Grizz from winning four out of their last five games. Memphis is trying to keep a two game cushion between them and the Houston Rockets for the 8th playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Despite the close loss last night, the Warriors have been showing some serious heart lately, especially last night when they were down by 6 with 15 seconds to play and tied the game up with two three pointers by Reggie Williams and Monta Ellis. Ellis has averaged double figures in assists his last 3 games, David Lee has had a double-double the last three games, Steph Curry balled out for 35 last night, and Dorell Wright has been getting it in too. Love to watch the Warriors play like they have lately, but still wonder why they don’t play like this all the time.
Coverage will begin at 5:00 p.m. and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KTCT 1050 AM.
For those of you who watched the Golden State Warriors game against the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight, you bared witness to one of Stephen Curry’s better games of the season. Curry dropped 35 points, his second highest of the season (he scored 39 against the Thunder earlier this year) while going 5 of 8 from downtown, as well as five assists and six rebounds. But what hasn’t happened much this year is that he played more minutes than Monta Ellis (49 to 47), and that extra time on the floor gave him more of an opportunity to do some work. If Curry has the ability to play this well, why hasn’t he been getting more minutes?
Head coach Keith Smart has been quick to yank Curry’s chain when he’s made a mistake in an apparent effort to help him learn from them. Smart has felt that letting him sit on the bench thinking about his miscues will work better than letting him play through them on the floor. But if you ask me, what helps a player grow as a player is actually playing the game, not sitting around and thinking about it.
Maybe it was the loss of Acie Law to a wrist injury (which might actually require season ending surgery) that gave Curry so much playing time tonight. Law is Smart’s go to replacement for when Curry has been benched, and with no one around, Curry might actually get some starters minutes from his starting position. Nothing against Acie Law, but he shouldn’t be taking minutes from as talented and popular a player as Curry because let’s be honest, no one is paying to see Acie Law over Stephen Curry, and he is certainly not getting them more wins when he’s on the floor.
Sure Steph had six of the W’s 13 turnovers tonight, and yes, if he had one less the Warriors might have won the game if want to go down that road. But the guy is still really young, and nothing helps out a sophomore slump then not getting enough minutes. Let the guy play the game and learn from it, don’t sit him down and make him watch it some more. He’s seen enough.
It came down to a last second jumper that rimmed out by Monta Ellis for the Oklahoma City Thunder to finally put away the Golden State Warriors tonight by a score of 115-114 in overtime. Despite Steph Curry having one of his better games of the season and David Lee’s big double-double, the Warriors just couldn’t get over the hump and finish off the Thunder in extra time.
Steph was really shooting the lights out this evening, dropping 35 points on 13-23 shooting including 5-8 from downtown, and also had 11 assists to round out his double-double. Monta’s night started pretty slow, but picked it up towards the end of the game scoring 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. David Lee had another double-double tonight as well, dropping 24 and 15 boards. As a team the W’s shot 42.7% from the field and went 15-17 from the free throw line.
Kevin Durant had another great game (as usual) leading all scorers with 39 points as well as 6 boards and 5 assists, playing 48 minutes tonight (including the 5 minutes of OT). Serge Ibaka had 19 and 8 rebounds, Russell Westbrook had 15, and James Harden added 14 in 31 minutes off the bench.
With the loss it moves the Warriors to 32-43 for the season, leaving the W’s still stuck on 9 road wins the whole year. Golden State will now head to Memphis tomorrow to face the Grizzlies for the second night of a back-to-back. Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m. tomorrow at the FedEx Forum.
For more analysis and conversation about the Golden State Warriors head on over to our Golden State of Mind blog.
The Golden State Warriors were down to the Thunder the whole fourth quarter until with 15 seconds left and Oklahoma City up six points Reggie Williams hit a three from the top of the key, then an errant inbound pass allowed Monta Ellis to hit another to tie it up at 106 apiece, forcing an extra 5 minutes of overtime with the Thunder.
Stephen Curry has been unconscious tonight, scoring 35 points so far as well as 5-7 from downtown. Monta had been struggling all night until his timely three at the end of regulation shooting 8 for 27 for 17 points.
The fact that an overtime was forced at all just goes to show how much the Warriors want this game, and it’s great to see them show so much heart and tenacity with their season all but over. Really makes me happy to see them not cave and fight it out until the final buzzer.
After the Oklahoma City Thunder extended their lead to as much as 15 points in the third quarter the Golden State Warriors used an 16-2 run of their own to get back into it, eventually finishing the quarter down 78-77 to Oklahoma City.
It’s been the Steph Curry show for the Warriors tonight with 11 of his 23 points coming in the third quarter. Curry’s shooting 9-13 from the floor including 3-4 from 3-point land and will hopefully be kept on the floor by Keith Smart so he can continue his great shooting night. David Lee has a double-double already with 17 points and 11 boards, the rest of the team has 16 boards collectively. Ekpe Udoh showed some range by dropping a few jumpers and has 12 points and 2 blocks, while Monta Ellis has been more of a facilitator tonight with only 8 points but 7 assists.
Should be an exciting fourth quarter, let’s see how the Warriors react to the pressure of the Thunder’s potent offense in the last 12 minutes.
After taking a 4 point in the first quarter the Golden State Warriors were outscored 33-21 in the second as the Oklahoma City Thunder took a 58-50 lead into the locker room at halftime. All-Star Kevin Durant’s 15 points on 6-9 shooting from the floor have led the Thunder so far, but the W’s are well within reach.
The Warriors offense was keeping them in the game with David Lee leading the way with 13 points and 7 rebounds as well as 12 from Stephen Curry on 5-7 shooting from the floor. Monta Ellis has 8 with 6 dimes while Reggie Williams added 7 in 5 minutes off the bench. The W’s shot an abismal 2-10 from downtown but a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe.
Aside from Kevin Durant, the Thunder were getting production from two of their other scorers, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, both of whom have 8 points in the half. However Kendrick Perkins remains scoreless in 13 minutes on the floor with 4 rebounds. Both teams have committed 8 turnovers, though the Thunder have 11 points compared to the W’s 4 to show for it.
You knew it was going to be a shootout in the Sooner State this evening, now the question is which scorer is going to dominate the second half; Monta or Durant?
Steph Curry came out hot, making all 4 of his shot attempts and ending the period with 9 points as well as 2 steals. Monta Ellis added 6 and 5 assists while David Lee added 7 and 3 boards; rookie Ekpe Udoh already has 2 blocks as well. As a team the Warriors shot 48% as well as playing some good defense, forcing 6 Oklahoma City turnovers.
The Warriors don’t keep their opponents under 30 points in the first quarter, especially against a prolific offense like Oklahoma City. If the Warriors keep within themselves and maintain their intensity throughout this game, they could definitely be on a three game winning streak by the end of the night.
The Golden State Warriors are in Oklahoma City tonight to take on the Thunder, with the Warriors playing for pride and th Thunder playing for playoff positioning. Even though their season’s fate has already been sealed, the W’s have been playing lights out basketball the last couple of days and hopefully will again tonight to make it three wins in a row.
These two teams have split their season series thus far with the Warriors taking the last matchup on February 13th at Oracle Arena by a score of 100-94. It will always be a tough game against guys like NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and with the addition of a serious post presence in Kendrick Perkins, the Warriors are going to have their hands full tonight at the Oklahoma City Arena this evening.
Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m. and will be televised on CSN Bay Area and can be heard at KTCT 1050. Stay with SB Nation Bay Area for everything Warriors including live updates as this game progresses.
David Lee had himself one of his best games in a Warriors uniform, dropping 33 points and 12 boards, shooting 57.6 (15-26) from the field as well as 5 dimes and 2 blocks. He wasn’t the leading scorer though as Monta Ellis scored 37 going 4-6 from downtown. Ellis rounded out his night with 13 assists and played all 48 minutes this evening. Dorell Wright added 19, while Steph Curry had 10 in only 28 minutes.
JaVale McGee had 28 points for the Wizards on 9-12 shooting, as well as a very impressive 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. Maurice Evans added 23 from off the bench, while rookie John Wall had a double-double with 18 and 12 assists.
7 of the Warriors last 8 games of the season just so happen to come against Western Conference playoff teams, with four of those on the road. But with the team clicking the last few games they will definitely be bringing some swag along with them to Oklahoma City on Tuesday to face the Thunder.
With 9 games left in their season the Golden State Warriors are looking to keep their heads held high and their winning streak alive as they host the Washington Wizards tonight at Orcale Arena. Despite their 31-42 record, the W’s can theoretically finish out the season at an even 42-42 (a guy can dream can’t he?) but can not do so without a win this evening.
In their last meeting during the Warriors extended road trip earlier this month, the Wizards were one of the only teams the W’s could beat, keeping them at bay 106-102. The Wizards are record wise one of the worst teams in the NBA, and after the beat down dished bout by Golden State last night to the Toronto Raptors, one could only hope that there would be some carry over from their epic 138-100 win on Friday.
Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. and can be seen on CSN Bay Area or heard on KNBR 680.
After a grueling road trip and a 6 game losing streak, the Golden State Warriors let out their frustrations on the Toronto Raptors last night with a demoralizing 138-100 victory at Oracle Arena. The Warriors dropped a ridiculous 84 points in the first half alone, and had leads as big as 47 points in the second half.
As a team the W’s shot 61% and saw seven Warriors with double-digit point totals. Lead by Monta Ellis’ 27, Dorell Wright’s 26, and Stephen Curry’s 23, David Lee added 21 and 7 boards, while Al Thornton had 12, Ekpe Udoh and Reggie Williams had 10 apiece. With the win it moves the W’s to 31-42 on the season and hopefully will start a winning streak that ends out the Warriors season. The Warriors have now beat Toronto in their last seven meetings at Oracle, and for the last five meetings overall.
Next up fot Golden State is the Washington Wizards at Oracle Arena on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680.
With 12 of their last 15 games on the road, the Golden State Warriors are finally back at Oracle Arena tonight to take on the Toronto Raptors. And currently riding a six game losing streak, tonight is a night that the Warriors really need to get a win.
In their last meeting on November 8th, the Warriors topped the Raptors for one of their few road wins of the season by a score of 109-102. Hopefully the Warriors will have a similar outcome this evening on their home court. Tipoff is set for 7:30 tonight and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680.
Tonight will be the first of two nights that the Warriors partner with the U.S. fund for UNICEF to aid victims of the recent Japan Earthquake/Tsunami. $5 of every ticket sold this week will go to the aid of the people of Japan, as well as having stations set up throughout the arena for making additional donations. If you can’t make it tonight, you can still donate online at www.unicefusa.org
Another road game, another loss for the Golden State Warriors.
For the sixth game in a row the Golden State Warriors find themselves on the wrong side of a beat down as the Houston Rockets were in control throughout the game, finishing off the W’s by a score of 131-112 at the Toyota Center in Houston.
The starters for Golden State all had pretty good games, Dorell Wright had a team high 34 points on 14-21 shooting including 3-6 from downtown, David Lee had 19 and 9 boards, Steph Curry had 16 but 4 turnovers, while Monta Ellis added 15.
As for the Rockets, all of their starters were in double figures, led by Kevin Martin’s 34, Courtney Lee’s 25 and Luis Scola’s 20 and 10 boards. Both teams shot a rather even percentage from the field (51.5% for Golden State, 50.5% for Houston) and were closely matched in rebounds (42-45). But the story of the game was the difference in the amount of fouls committed by the both teams, with the Warriors committing 9 more than the Rockets, sending them to the line 35 times compared to the W’s 18.
With the loss the Warriors move to 30-42 for the season. They now head back to Oakland to face the Toronto Raptors on Friday night in an attempt to end their now 6 game skid with the help of a hometown crowd to motivate them to win.
The Golden State Warriors are making the last stop of their current four game road trip tonight as they take on the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center. The W’s are looking to end a 5 game losing streak and finish the season on somewhat of a high note, while the Rockets are on a four game winning streak and sit only two games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
In the Warriors last game against the San Antonio Spurs, rookie Ekpe Udoh led all scorers with 15 points and added 2 blocks starting in place of the injured Andris Biedrins, and will hopefully bring that production into H-Town this evening. It’s a bit of a trial and error period for the Warriors right now, and David Lee and Ekpe Udoh need as much time on the floor with one another as possible as the team tinkers with different rotations. When these teams last met in late December Golden State fell to Houston 121-112 at Oracle Arena, despite Monta Ellis dropping 44 points.
Tipoff is set for 5:30 tonight and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 1050. The Warriors have to stop the bleeding sometime, and tonight seems good a time as any to get a win.
As the end of the Golden State Warriors season draws to a close, so do the hopes of finishing the season at .500. as the San Antonio Spurs beat the W’s handedly by a score of 111-96. With just 11 games left in the season and now standing 11 games under .500 at 30-41, the Warriors would have to win the rest of their games to break even, an almost certain impossibility for any NBA team in 11 games.
Ekpe Udoh lead all scorers (yes that’s not a typo) with 15 points as well as 7 boards, Dorell Wright and Acie Law both added 14, while Monta Ellis had 10 on 4-13 shooting. Stephen Curry only played 20 minutes total tonight, finishing the game with 8 points and 2 assists. This is just a head scratcher for me, especially since the issue of Curry’s playing time will play a factor in the probable firing of Keith Smart. The Warriors out rebounded the Spurs 45-42 but also had 17 turnovers to San Antonio’s 11.
As for the Spurs Manu Ginobli lead the way with 28 points on 9-18 shooting, with Tony Parker adding 17 and Richard Jefferson 12. Tim Duncan rolled his ankle early in the game and did not return, finishing the night with 4 points in 4 minutes. San Antonio outscored the W’s in the paint 48-34 and shot 49% from the floor as a team.
Next up for Golden State is the last of the Texas trifecta, the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. with coverage on CSN Bay Area ans well as KNBR 680.
After the humiliating loss to the Dallas Mavericks last night 101-73, the Golden State Warriors have their second Texas sized matchup in two days as the head to San Antonio to face the best in the West Spurs. If there ever was a team or a place that the Warriors would rather not play on the second night of a back-to-back I’d day it have to be the Spurs, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, a place where they have had little to no success as of late.
Golden State only has 12 games left on their schedule, and after last night’s performance, I’d say they’re about ready for their summer vacation already. One Warrior in particular, Andris Biedrins, has already started his as the team has effectively shut him down for the remainder of the season. Oh well, more Ekpe Udoh is fine with me, he needs that playing time.
Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. and can be seen on CSN Bay Area as well as heard on KNBR 680. Hopefully the W’s want some retaliation for their beat down last night and come out with some hunger to get a win.
After the Golden State Warriors lost arguably one of the best NBA coaches of all time in Don Nelson, current head coach Keith Smart had some serious shoes to fill. But with Nelson's departure and the introduction of new ownership, the Warriors were looking for an immediate improvement with the talent they had, and the coach they felt would lead them there. But with the disappointing 30-40 record including the recent four game losing streak and a 4-11 record overall since the All-Star break, it think it suffices to say that Coach Smart will be on the hot seat when the season ends, and most likely the casualty of the Warriors mediocrity.
Personally, I think Smart is a decent coach, Just not for this team. I don't really get the sense that he has the true pulse of the team, how they mesh together on the court and how the ebb and flow of games causes changes to the game plan. With the recent rumors swirling about that Stephen Curry and Coach Smart have had a bit of a rough relationship, as written by CSN Bay Area's Matt Steinmetz earlier this week, is something that certainly won't bode well for retaining his job. But it definitely goes deeper than that; much deeper. New majority owner Joe Lacob wanted to turn Golden State into a winner as quick as possible, and thought that guys like David Lee and his ridiculous contract and Smart were pieces of the puzzle to a winning franchise. But since he can't really dump Lee after one season (plus he is really fond of him) the focus will turn to Smart as the fall guy, the one who couldn't get it done.
Coach Smart was on KNBR with Razor and Mr. T earlier this week and explained that the W's are a team that haven't arrived to the point where they can win consistently on the road, and that their mistakes are always magnified by an elite team (like the Mavericks). He also mentioned how it is possible to over-analyze the team when they are under-performing, which in my opinion the W's have most of the year. These things may or may not be true, but to me it shows a lack of understanding of ones own team. It's the ownership's decision to fire a head coach, and the W's ownership would never blame themselves, so it's easy for them to say that Smart is the lone problem and can be fixed with a pink slip. It may be unfair, but also a reality in the NBA.
I think if given another year and a few better pieces Smart could make this team into a winner, but I don't think he will be afforded the chance to do so. Now the question will be, are there coaches out there that can really do better than Smart has done?
Tonight was a night the Warriors could have shown some heart. They didn’t.
The Golden State Warriors made it four losses in a row tonight as they were demolished by the Dallas Mavericks 101-73 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. With the loss it moves the W’s to 30-40 for the season, and marks the end of their 2011 campaign except for the 12 games left in the regular season schedule.
Golden State trailed from the very beginning and never really had much fight in them the entire night. They took a 7 point deficit into halftime and got within four in the 3rd quarter, but thanks to a measly 10 point fourth quarter as a team, it solidified the embarrassing 28 point loss with two more games on their road trip. Monta Ellis lead the Warriors with 18 points, Steph Curry had 11 and 6 assists while David Lee had another meaningless double-double with 10 points and 12 boards. As a team the Warriors shot 35% (27-77) and only 25% from downtown (5-20).
As for the Mavs Dirk Nowitzki lead all scorers with 20 on 9-15 shooting while Peja Stojakovic added 17 from off the bench shooting 5-8 from downtown after missing the last 6 games with a sore neck. Dallas out rebounded Golden State 51-39, while beating them at their own game by scoring 27 fast break points compared to the W’s 12.
The Warriors now head to San Antonio tomorrow to face the best in the West Spurs; another very tough road game for the W’s, especially on a back-to-back. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. tomorrow evening.
The Golden State Warriors are currently on their last elongated road trip of the season as the square off with the Dallas Mavericks tonight at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. It will be the second time this week the W’s will play the Mavs, and will hopefully be a better showing than Golden State had at Oracle Arena on Wednesday.
After taking an 18 point lead in the first quarter, the Warriors slowly but surely gave the game back to the Mavericks, eventually losing by a score of 112-106. It was probably one of the more disappointing loses of the season for the W’s because they really had the Mavs on their heels early in the game, but thats the difference between decent teams and elite teams; decent teams cave when they face adversity while elite teams scratch and claw their way out of it, doing anything they can to get the job done.
Their isn’t much left if the Warriors season except playing for pride, and this will be a good test as to how much pride they really have left. I hope the W’s come out ready to win and play that way for 48 minutes instead of letting your guard down when the going gets tough.
Tipoff is set for 4:30 this afternoon and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680.
It was another ugly road loss at the U.S. Airways Center this evening as the Phoenix Suns were in control the entire night, eventually beating the Golden State Warriors 108-97. It was a very ugly night for most of the W’s, except for Dorell Wright.
Wright’s 30 point performance was one of the only silver linings on the dark cloud that was tonight’s game, especially with Monta Ellis only scoring 8 points on 3-11 shooting. As a team the Warriors shot 42% while committing 21 turnovers, as well as having only 16 assists on their 35 made field goal attempts. As for the rest of the team David Lee had 16 and 10 boards, Steph Curry had 15, and Al Thornton had 9 and 9 boards off the bench.
With the loss the Warriors move to 30-39, and I won’t be mentioning the playoffs anymore. Next up for the W’s on the road trip are the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center on Sunday.
The Golden State Warriors are getting smacked around the by Phoenix Suns tonight, as the Suns have opened up a gaping 84-65 lead after three quarters. And the best part is? The W’s seem to simply be taking it.
Running isolation after isolation, playing terrible transition defense, settling for bad jump shots, this is what the Warriors think will win them games. I apologize if I being cynical, but this is a joke of a game. The only bright spot has been Dorell Wright, scoring 14 points in the third quarter, Steph Curry has 15, while Monta has 10 on 3-10 shooting. The W’s have committed 19 turnovers, are shooting 41% and have 11 assists on 26 made shots. Not good at all. Guess that what happens when the only thing left to do is count down the games left.
As for the Suns it’s been the Marcin Gortat show with 18 off the bench with 7 boards, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have 15 apiece, and Channing Frye has 10. It really doesn’t look like the Suns will have any trouble finishing the W’s off tonight.
As a team the Warriors are shooting only 37% (16-43), as well as having an astounding 15 turnovers in two quarters of work. Stephen Curry didn’t score a point in that quarter and still has 10, Monta Ellis and David Lee both pushed their totals up to 8 points with 7 boards. There were a lot of bench players on the court in the second period for the W’s, and got some production out of Reggie Williams and Acie Law with 4 points apiece, while Louis Amundson has 2 poitns and 3 boards in his return to Phoenix tonight.
As for the Suns they were led by Channing Frye’s 10 points, Steve Nash has 8 and 6 assists, while Marcin Gortat has 8 off the bench. The Suns have out rebounded the Warriors 29-22, and have 14 assists as a team.
I really don’t know what to say, it’s like the Warriors aren’t really even trying. The players are going to have to snap out of it if they want to win this ball game.
Neither team shot the ball well in the first period, with neither team getting any higher that 40% apiece. Both teams had 7-0 runs to keep it close, with Steph Curry leading all scorers with ten points, David Lee has six, and Monta Ells has only two. Ekpe Udoh came out agressive with two blocks and two boards, but only played four minutes due to foul trouble, starting in place of the injured Andris Biedrins.
Kind of a slow start to this game, hopefully things will pick up as the game goes on.
Currently at 30-38 on the season and all but eliminated for the playoffs the Golden State Warriors will be looking to finish their year on a high note, starting with a four game road trip and the Phoenix Suns tonight at the U.S. Airways Center. Tipoff is set for 6:30 and can be seen on CSN Bay Area or heard on KNBR 680.
The Warriors will be without their big man Andris Biedrins after suffering an high ankle sprain against the Mavericks on Wednesday and will not travel with the team at all on their road trip, meaning a lot more time for Lou Amundson and Ekpe Udoh. The Suns have a bit of an injury problem themselves, as Steve Nash suffered a pelvic injury recently that kept him out of two games. He will be in the lineup tonight, though it is uncertain how effective he will be. The Warriors are in need of all the help they can get, especially when a fully healthy Nash sliced up the Warriors in February by a score of 112-88, but now with the Suns within reach of a playoff spot and the W’s dreams of one not completely dead yet, it should be a tightly knit matchup from start to finish.
The Warriors will be trying to stop the Suns from getting their 12th consecutive win on their home floor, but hopefully they’re up to the task. Both these teams average over 100 points a game, so it should be a shootout tonight in the valley of the sun.
The Dallas Mavericks finally proved too much for the Golden State Warriors tonight as they battled back from an 18 point defecit in the first quarter to end up winning by a score of 112-106 at Oracle Arena.
Playing the second night of a back-to-back affected the Mavs in the first half, but they looked like a calm and collected veteran squad in the second, playing their game and keeping within themselves as they chipped away and eventually won.The Warriors played very tense in the fourth quarter and never got much going at all, with the key point in the game being when the Warriors went 4 minutes without a basket as the Mavs went on a 15-0 run, the proverbial nail in the coffin for the W’s tonight.
Monta Ellis had a double-double with 26 points and 11 assists on 10-20 shooting, while David Lee had 22 and 5 boards. Steph Curry struggled mightily as he had 10 points on 4-10 shooting while have the worst plus/minus on the team with a -10. Steph seemed to hurt his elbow in the third quarter, which may have played a role in his ineffective play. Acie Law was the only bright spot off the bench, playing an amazing 23 minutes with 15 points and 6 assists on 5-7 shooting. As a team the W’s shot 51% while committing 13 turnovers. They also had 12 steals.
As for the Mavericks it was the Dirk Nowitzki show, scoring a game high 34 points including a perfect 12-12 from the stripe, as well as 13 rebounds. Dallas got 48 points out of their bench, led by Jason Terry with 19 including 3-4 from downtown. Rodrique Beaubois added 18 and Tyson Chandler 13.
With the loss it moves the Warriors to 30-38 for the season, that much closer to being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs (although their chances of making it are slim to none). It was the 10th sellout of the season at Oracle, and I’m sure those free ‘Got Curry?’ T-shirts for Bollywood night won’t make up for this agonizing defeat. The W’s now set out for a 5 game road trip, starting with the Phoenix Suns on Friday Night.
The Golden State Warriors went from having a dominating lead in the first half to finding themselves in the middle of a dogfight in the second as the Dallas Mavericks have come storming back to tie the game at 81 apiece.
The Mavericks tied it up with 4 minutes left in the third quarter after the Warriors missed 7 straight shots, then took the lead a minute later. Both teams began trading buckets for the rest of the quarter with a tough leaning bank shot by Monta Ellis with .6 seconds left led to the tie into the fourth quarter.
In injury news Andris Biedrins rolled his ankle badly and is doubtful to return to tonight’s game, he had 6 points and 5 rebounds before he left the game.
It’s going to come down to the wire tonight in Oakland, which team is going to will themselves to win?
The Golden State Warriors were keeping the Dallas Mavericks on their toes in the first half, but some careless turnovers and second chance opportunities let them creep back into the game. Nevertheless, the W’s still hold a 59-53 lead at halftime on Bollywood night at Oracle Arena.
Dallas was simply not playing any interior defense as the Warriors were getting to the cup with ease, then they went ice cold. The W’s couldn’t hit a shot for a few minutes which lead to a 13-0 run by the Mavs, cutting the lead to 6. But the W’s maintained to the buzzer, taking that lead to the locker room.
The Warriors offense consisted mostly of 3 players; Monta Ellis had 15 points on 6-11 shooting as well as 5 rebounds and 7 assists, David Lee leads all scorers with 16, while Steph Curry had 10 and 3 assists. Andris Biedrins also has 6 points and 5 rebounds, huge numbers for him as of late. As a team the W’s shot 61% (25-41) while committing 8 turnovers that lead to 16 points for the Mavs.
Despite the great start the Warriors are barely hanging on to their lead, and are going to have to come out in the 3rd quarter the same way they did the 1st; tenacious and efficient.
Golden State got off to a great start, going on a 10-0 run out of the gate causing the Mavs to take a very early timeout. The W’s lead by as much as 16 in the quarter, getting out in transition and forcing turnovers. Dallas didn’t get their first defensive rebound until there were 4:30 minutes left in the quarter, another great sign of the W’s tenacity tonight. David Lee and Monta Ellis lead all scorers with 10 points as well as 7 assists for Ellis and Steph Curry added 8. The Warriors shot 15-19 in that quarter, but lost their focus a bit towards the end with unforced turnovers and easy buckets for the Mavs.
The Warriors need this win, let’s hope the can keep it up for the next 36 minutes.
With the season drawing near the end and the Warriors in need of a miracle to make they playoffs, one of the last teams they’d like to host are the Dallas Mavericks. But that lengthy, talented Dallas team has strolled into Oracle looking for a win, while the fans will all seem to ask “got curry?”
For the first time ever at Oralce Arena it’s Bollywood Night in recognition of their fans of Indian decent with Indian inspired entertainment, food at the concession stands, free “got curry?” T-shirt in recognition of the promotion and a savings of $10 off the price of admission. If there was a good night to go to Oracle folks it’d be this one, but I’m a sucker for free T-shirts.
And there is basketball tonight too! In their last meeting in December Dallas held firm on their home court beating the Warriors 105-100. Now the W’s must look to return the favor before they head out on another 5 game road trip, which they will face the Mavs again in Dallas a few days from now. It is going to be tough for Golden State to try and keep up with the length of Dallas, so they’re going to have to try and run them off the floor and hopefully shoot the lights out.
Tipoff is set for 7:30 this evening, televised on both ESPN and CSN Bay Area, and broadcast on KNBR 680.
Well, it's that time again folks, the twilight of the NBA season is drawing closer everyday. The time of the year when teams buckle down and scrap it out for playoff positioning, while other teams fade off into the sunset. And with only 15 games left on their schedule the Golden State Warriors are inching closer to another season sans playoffs, despite all the promise the team has for the future.
Currently sitting 7.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, this is undoubtedly the most important week of the Warriors season. Even though during the last week the Warriors got a win in Cleveland, an exhilarating win over the Orlando Magic in overtime where they set a new franchise record 21 three pointers, and ended Kevin Love's 53 game double-double streak in a beat down of the T'Wolves. But they gave away a game against the underachieving Nets in the 4th quarter and got smacked around by the lowly Kings at Arco/Power Band Pavilion, two games that the Warriors desperately needed to make a run at the playoffs.
Now the Warriors stand on the verge of becoming completely eliminated from the postseason if they lose a few more games, and have a doozy of a stretch ahead of them. They start on Wednesday as they host the talented Dallas Mavericks at Oracle, then head out on a 4 game road trip around the Southwest against the Phoenix Suns on Friday, then in Dallas to face the Mavericks again on Sunday, then to San Antonio on Monday to face the top seeded Spurs, then finish it off the following Wednesday in Houston to play the Rockets. That's 3 of their next 5 games against two of the top teams in the West, with only one of those games at home. The Warriors are going to have to dig really deep to get those wins.
It's not looking good, but it's never over until it's over. Stranger things have happened in sports than a team this far back making the playoffs over the last few weeks of the season. As long as they block out their performance against the Kings and harness their game against the Magic, they might have a shot to win the majority of these next 5.