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Golden State Warriors Win Coin Flip, Retain Lottery Pick

Looks like all that tanking paid off after all. Well, it hasn’t yet, but at least it’s set up the Golden State Warriors for a possible payout.

The Warriors won a tie-breaking coin flip with the Toronto Raptors to sneak into the No. 7 slotted team at the NBA draft lottery Friday, improving their chances greatly of keeping their first round pick.

Because of a trade a few season back, if the Warriors wind up with the No. 1 through No. 7 pick in the draft, it’s theirs to keep. If the Warriors wind up with the No. 8 pick or worse, it will belong to the Utah Jazz.

By winning the drawing, the Warriors will have a 72. 4 percent chance of finishing the lottery among the top seven, and therefore keeping the pick. Had the Warriors lost , their chances would have fallen to 12.5 percent of jumping into the top three, which the Raptors have now as the No. 8 seed.

The draft lottery will be held May 30.

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Spurs Vs. Warriors, Final Score: W's Close Season with 107-101 Loss

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Mills poured in a game-high 34 points to go with 12 assists and five rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs topped the Golden State Warriors, 107-101, in the regular season finale for both teams at Oracle Arena.

DeJuan Blair put home 22 points and ripped down 13 rebounds and James Anderson contributed 19 points and seven rebounds for the Spurs, who head into their first-round matchup with the Utah Jazz on a roll, having won 10 consecutive games to finish the season in first place in the Western Conference.

Chicago's win over Cleveland earlier on Thursday killed any chance that San Antonio had of gaining home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

That series starts on Sunday in San Antonio.

San Antonio (50-16) has won 50 games for the 13th consecutive season, passing the 1979-91 Los Angeles Lakers, who reached the 50-win plateau 12 straight times.

Chris Wright paced the Warriors (23-43) with 25 points and eight rebounds, while Klay Thompson added 17 points and Jeremy Tyler and Charles Jenkins contributed 16 points apiece. Golden State has missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.

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Warriors PF David Lee To Have Surgery Friday, Stephen Curry's Ankle Scope 'Successful'

From Stephen Curry To Kwame Brown to Andrew Bogut and now David Lee, the Golden State Warriors simply can't shake the injury bug this season.

Warriors forward David Lee will have surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle in Philadelphia on Friday according to the Contra Costa Times' Marcus Thompson

Lee sat out the last seven games of the season with what was diagnosed as a strained groin and a stress reaction, discovered during an April 13 MRI at team facilites. Lee visited specialist Dr. William Meyers out in Philadelphia to have his injury checked out which after further examination showed enough to merit surgery.

In other surgery news, Stephen Curry's scope of his oft injured ankle was 'successful,' removing some scar tissue and bone spurs while revealing no structural damage. His recovery time is seen as anywhere from 3-4 months.

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Warriors Vs. Hornets, Final Score: W's Blow It Late, Fall 83-81

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Marco Belinelli's layup with 1.5 seconds remaining sent the Hornets past the Warriors, 83-81, on Tuesday.

Golden State was up 81-76 with two minutes play, but didn't score again and a three-pointer from Belinelli and a layup from Greivis Vasquez preceded the Italian's game-winner.

Belinelli finished with a game-high 23 points and Carl Landry added 14 for the Hornets, who will close their season in Houston on Thursday.

Klay Thompson scored 16 to pace Golden State, which has lost nine of its last 10 games and will wrap up the season against San Antonio on Thursday.

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Warriors Vs. Timberwolves, Final Score: Charles Jenkins Leads Comeback, W's Win 93-88

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Brandon Rush drained the go-ahead three-pointer with 1:09 to go in the game and the Golden State Warriors recovered from a 21-point second-quarter deficit to stun the Minnesota Timberwolves, 93-88, at Target Center on Sunday.

Charles Jenkins poured in a game-high 24 points to go with six rebounds and nine assists, Rush ended his night with 19 points and nine rebounds, and Klay Thompson contributed 17 points for the Warriors, who snapped an eight-game skid.

"We felt if we got stops, they would let us back in the game," Jenkins said. ...I think that's what we did in the second half."

Dominic McGuire and Richard Jefferson donated 12 and 10 points, respectively, in the win.

Nikola Pekovic led the way for the Timberwolves with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Martell Webster added 18 points, while Anthony Randolph and J.J. Barea finished with 14 points apiece for the T'Wolves, who have dropped 12 of their last 13 games.

"They got whatever they wanted and we took bad shot after bad shot," Minnesota forward Michael Beasley said.

Trailing by 15 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter, the Warriors put together a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to 68-63 with just over two minutes left in the frame. Minnesota held a 75-69 advantage heading into the final quarter.

The Warriors opened the final stanza with a 12-6 flurry and Rush capped the burst with a 15-foot jumper to tie the game at 81 with 8:06 to go.

Jenkins buried a step-back jumper with 3:11 left to give Golden State its first lead of the contest at 85-83.

Pekovic converted a three-point play with 1:28 remaining to put Minnesota up 88-87, but Rush buried the go-ahead shot from the right corner on the Warriors' next touch to go ahead for good.

McGuire then came up with a steal and a runout slam before converting a free throw on the play to finish off the victory.

Minnesota dominated the first 12 minutes of play, opening the quarter with a 20-8 run before it was snapped by a Jenkins jumper with five minutes to go in the stanza.

The T'Wolves then ripped off eight straight points, and a pair of free throws by Derrick Williams with less than a minute to go gave Minnesota a 32-12 lead. They led 32-17 after one quarter.

Minnesota continued to play well in the second, leading by double digits throughout. Golden State cut the deficit to 12 on two occasions, but a jumper by Pekovic with a minute left in the half gave the Wolves their largest lead of the half, 55-34, and they led comfortably at the break, 55-39.

Game Notes

The game featured three lead changes and four ties...Golden State shot 44 percent from the floor and 5-of-16 from three-point range, while Minnesota shot 36 percent from the field and 7-of-26 from beyond the arc...Golden State put home 13 fast break points to just four for the Timberwolves...Minnesota had the edge on the glass, outrebounding Golden State, 46-45.

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Warriors Stephen Curry, Andrew Bogut Scheduled For Surgery Next Week

According to the San Jose Mercury News' Marcus Thompson, two of the main cogs to the Golden State Warriors future success will have to go under the knife once again as both Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut are set to have surgies to help their already nagging injuries.

Curry is set to have a scope of his oft-injured right ankle to try and find a specific reason why his ankle just can't get itself better. As for Bogut, he is going to have his fractured left ankle 'cleaned up,' looking to join the Warriors camp this fall without any issues.

Van Nuys, CA based Dr. Richard Ferkle will perform both operations, with Curry going in on Wednesday and Bogut scheduled for Friday.

"Now is the time to do it," Warriors general manager Larry Riley said in a phone interview Saturday. "You don't want to get into July and August and say we should've scoped this thing."

Bogut has had three MRIs since joining the Warriors on March 13. He broke his ankle Jan. 25 when he was with the Milwaukee Bucks. This procedure is to ensure everything has gone and will go smoothly.

"I'm not really too worried about the surgery," Bogut said. "But in saying that, it's still a surgery. I think I will bounce back fine, and it shouldn't hinder or change my game."

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Rockets Vs. Warriors Final Score: W's Lose Eighth Straight 99-96 In Houston

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Courtney Lee scored 20 points, while Goran Dragic added 18 points and seven assists as the Houston Rockets snapped a six- game slide with a 99-96 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

Luis Scola finished with 13 points and five boards for the Rockets, who are a full game behind Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Jazz beat Orlando in overtime Saturday.

"We let six games go," Lee said of the losing streak. "Some of them we were in it down the stretch, we should have won them but we made mental mistakes."

The Rockets are also even with the Suns, who lost to Denver on Saturday, for ninth place.

Klay Thompson netted 24 points for the Warriors, losers of eight consecutive contests.

"He can put the ball on the floor and he's a under-rated passer, and he is good on the defensive end, he's going to be a heck of a player," Golden State head coach Mark Jackson said of Thompson.

Two Brandon Rush baskets sandwiched around a Lee three-pointer made it 96-92 in favor of the Rockets with 2:23 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Thompson's jumper pulled the Warriors within two before Chase Budinger made 1- of-2 from the foul line to make it 97-94 with 1:07 to go.

After Richard Jefferson turned the ball over at the other end, Patrick Patterson pulled down two crucial offensive rebounds and sealed the win with a tip-in, giving Houston a 99-94 advantage with 7.2 seconds to play.

"We got a fresh shot clock. We were able to waste some more time (off the clock). Then, he made a big play and he was able to tip it in," Lee said of Patterson's efforts during the final minute.

Earlier, Scola scored six points during a 10-0 Rockets run midway through the first quarter, which gave the hosts an 18-9 lead.

The Rockets led 31-21 after one, but the Warriors battled back to pull within 58-55 heading into the break after they outscored Houston, 34-27, in the second quarter.

Dragic netted seven points in the third and Houston took a 77-71 advantage into the fourth.

Game Notes

The Rockets tallied 22 second-chance points and held a 48-34 advantage on points in the paint...Houston was 10-of-26 from beyond the arc...The Rockets pulled down 15 offensive rebounds.

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Andrew Bogut To Undergo Arthroscopic Surgery On Fractured Ankle

The Golden State Warriors have announced that recently-acquired big man Andrew Bogut will undergo surgery on his fractured ankle this week. Bogut has not played since January 25 and is yet to record any playing with the Warriors. No timetable for his return has been announced, but arthroscopic surgeries typically do not take all that long to recover from. Bogut should be back in time for summer workouts.

This news came just minutes after the Warriors announced Stephen Curry would be undergoing ankle surgery of his own, so Saturday hasn't exactly been great for the franchise. Fortunately for Golden State, this does not sound like a huge deal and they should have their talented center fully healthy for the start of the regular season next October.

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Stephen Curry Injury: Warriors Star Guard To Undergo Ankle Surgery

Most felt Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry would miss the rest of the regular season after hurting his ankle once again that has bothered him for years. According to a report, Curry will undergo surgery on his ankle once again next week. No word as of yet whether or not he will be available for the start of the 2012-13 season.

Curry has undergone numerous surgeries on his ankles in the past, and fans have to start seriously worrying about his future with the Warriors. The kid is undoubtably talented and can be a difference maker when able to play, but these are serious injuries and they continue to pile up. One part of the body can go under the knife so many times before wearing out.

You would think that Curry will be ready to go for opening night next fall, but that will likely mean he avoids any complications during rehab. That is far from guaranteed at this point, so it will definitely be a situation to monitor in the coming weeks.

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Mavericks Vs. Warriors, Final Score: Mavs Take Care Of Business, Win 104-94

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Vince Carter scored 13 of his 19 points in the last quarter, helping Dallas to a 104-94 triumph over the Golden State Warriors.

Brandan Wright added 17 points off the bench on 8-of-9 shooting. Dirk Nowitzki and Delonte West each had 16 points, two more than teammate Shawn Marion.

The Mavericks, who are currently sixth in the Western Conference, have a one- game lead over Denver. Dallas has two games remaining, both on the road against playoff teams, Chicago and Atlanta.

"These last two games we've got to get better and get ready for the playoffs. We've got to be sharp," Wright said.

Klay Thompson scored 26 for the Warriors, who lost their seven straight contest. Brandon Rush netted 20 points and Dorell Wright scored 19, while Charles Jenkins tallied 10 points and 10 assists.

"I thought it was outstanding effort when you look at the team that we're putting out on the floor," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "A lot of injuries, a lot of young guys, at the same time I'm proud of the way they competed and battled against a championship team, and found a way to hang in until the fourth quarter when they [Dallas] clearly separated themselves."

The reigning NBA champions clinched another playoff berth without ever having to take the floor on Thursday, and one night later pulled away in the final quarter against a team that fell to 18 games under .500.

Dominic McGuire's lone point of the night came 1:14 into the final quarter and had the visitors within 78-73, but Dallas responded with an 11-2 burst. Jason Terry drained a three-pointer and Marion finished the rally with a layup to widen the gap to 14 points with 7:55 left.

Golden State didn't get closer than seven the rest of the way.

Carter, who became the 18th player in league history to record his 1,500th three-pointer made, was held without a point in the opening quarter. The Mavs, though, led 27-22 after 12 minutes before Golden State trimmed the difference to 50-49 at halftime.

West beat the clock at the end of the third with a three, extending Dallas to a 76-70 lead.

Game Notes

Dallas held a 52-35 rebounding advantage...The Mavs committed 18 turnovers, leading to 22 Golden State points...Terry was 1-of-8 from long distance, part of a 3-for-19 effort from beyond the arc for Dallas.

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Lakers Vs. Warriors, Final Score: Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum Dominate In 99-87 Victory

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Pau Gasol recorded his fifth career triple- double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, while Andrew Bynum added 31 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers downed the Golden State Warriors, 99-87, on Wednesday.

Metta World Peace finished with 18 points and nine assists for the Lakers, who moved to 5-2 without Kobe Bryant this season as he missed his seventh straight game with a sore left shin.

Los Angeles dished out a season-high 34 assists on 37 made baskets.

The Lakers are a half-game ahead of the Clippers, who defeated Denver on Wednesday, for the Pacific Division lead and the third seed in the Western Conference.

Klay Thompson scored 17 points to pace the Warriors, losers of six consecutive contests.

The Lakers, who held an eight-point lead at the break, used a 12-4 run to begin the third quarter to blow the game open. World Peace's three-pointer capped the burst, giving the Lakers a commanding 68-52 advantage early in the third.

The 20-point barrier was breached following Bynum's layup, which made it 84-63 with 2:52 remaining in the third.

Los Angeles took an 84-67 advantage after three and led by as many as 23 in the fourth.

With the contest tied at 21 late in the opening quarter, Bynum, who netted 17 first-quarter points, went on a personal 11-3 surge, giving the Lakers a 32-24 advantage.

Mikki Moore nailed a jumper with 0.5 remaining in the frame, pulling the Warriors within 32-26 after a quarter of play.

Los Angeles, which took a 56-48 lead into the locker room, registered 17 assists on 20 made field goals in the opening half.

Game Notes

The Lakers have won 16 of their past 17 games against the Warriors, including a four-game sweep of the season series...Jeremy Tyler finished with 15 points and six rebounds for Golden State...Los Angeles netted 62 points in the paint.

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2012 NBA Lottery Draft Odds: A Breakdown Of The Warriors Chances

The 2012 tank-a-thon for the Golden State Warriors has seemingly been in place for months already, but with only a few games left on the schedule, the W's are really, really in need of more losses.

CSN Bay Area's Mike Kreuser has been crunching the numbers, and has come up with all the possible scenarios remaining for the Warriors to retain their lottery protected first-round pick. The only guaranteed way the W's keep their pick is to finish fourth-worst record or lower, if not, they turn it over to the Utah Jazz.

Currently residing in the 8th worst spot with six games left, Golden State will need to lose them all and get some help from other squads if they want to finish with the fourth-worst record.

Here's a look at where the Warriors stand within the league and the rest of their schedules the rest of the regular season:

Team Record Win % Games left Remaining Opponents
23-38 .367 5 at ATL, vs MIN, vs TOR, at IND, vs PHI
Warriors 22-38 .367 6 vs LAL, at DAL, at HOU, at MIN, vs NOH, vs SAS
New Jersey
22-40 .355 4 vs NYK, at MIL, vs PHI, at TOR
22-40 .355 4 at MIA, at DET, at MIL, vs NJN
20-40 .339 6 vs PHI, vs NYK, at SAS, at MEM, vs WAS, at CHI
20-41 .328 5 vs SAS, vs OKC, at CHA, at OKC, vs LAL
New Orleans
19-42 .311 5 at MEM, vs HOU, at LAC, at GSW, at HOU
15-46 .246 5 vs MIL, at MIA, vs CHA, at CLE, vs MIA
7-53 .117 6 vs CHI, vs MEM, vs SAC, at WAS, at ORL, vs NYK

As you can see it's a very tight group around the bottom of the barrel, but meetings with the Lakers, Mavericks and Spurs to finish the season should hopefully all be losses, as will visits to Minnesota and Houston. And according to Kreuser, if the W's win two of these games their chances fall below 10 percent.

Here are the probabilities for all the Warriors possible finishing records:

Eleventh-worst record - 2.9% chance to keep the pick (0.8% for No. 1, 0.9% for No. 2, 1.2% for No. 3), 97.1% chance at 11th or lower.

Tenth-worst record - 4.0% chance to keep the pick (1.1% for No. 1, 1.3% for No. 2, 1.6% for No. 3), 96.0% chance at 10th or lower.

Ninth-worst record - 6.1% chance to keep the pick (1.7% for No. 1, 2.0% for No. 2, 2.4% for No. 3), 93.9% chance at 9th or lower.

Eighth-worst record - 10.0% chance to keep the pick (2.8% for No. 1, 3.3% for No. 2, 3.9% for No. 3), 90.0% chance at 8th or lower.

Seventh-worst record - 75.0% chance to keep the pick (4.3% for No. 1, 4.9% for No. 2, 5.8% for No. 3, 59.9% for No. 7), 25% chance at 8th or lower.

Sixth-worst record - 95.9% chance to keep the pick (6.3% for No. 1, 7.1% for No. 2, 8.1% for No. 3, 43.9% for No. 6, 30.5% for No. 7), 4.1% chance at 8th or lower.

Fifth-worst record - 99.7% chance to keep the pick (8.8% for No. 1, 9.7% for No. 2, 10.7% for No. 3, 26.1% for No. 5, 36.0% for No. 6, 8.4% for No. 7), 0.4% chance at the 8th pick.

Fourth-worst record - 100.0% chance the Warriors keep their 2012 No. 1 pick.

It will certainly come down to the wire, but hopefully the odds will shine on the Warriors favor.

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Stephen Curry Injury: Warriors Guard Reportedly Out For Season

It's the news we've all been expecting for awhile: Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is all but done for the 2012 regular season.

Curry hasn't played since March 11th, a day after he reinjured his troublesome ankle. Curry has always been plagued by ankle issues, which always puts his future productivity with the Warriors in question.

Curry is averaging 14.7 points per game, 5.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 2011-12, which is down from his 18.6 PPG, 5.8 APG and 3.9 RPG in 2010-11. Can he return back to form next season? Only time will tell. The Warriors have not been very good with Charles Jenkins running point.

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Warriors Vs. Spurs: San Antonio Decimates Golden State 120-99

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Six different Spurs scored in double figures as San Antonio cruised to a 120-99 victory over the Warriors at ORACLE Arena on Monday.

Gary Neal led the way with 17 points apiece, Tiago Splitter had 15, Tim Duncan added 13, Manu Ginobili netted 12, and Danny Green and DaJuan Blair chipped in 11 and 10, respectively to lift the Spurs, who have taken 14 straight from Golden State.

"Trying to win is part of it, trying to stay healthy is part of it," said San Antonio head coach Greg Popovich, who rested most of his starters in the second half. "That's got to be our main concern, not positioning."

San Antonio now sits tied for the top spot in the Western Conference after Oklahoma City lost to the Clippers on Monday.

Nate Robinson poured in a season-high 30 points, Klay Thompson followed with 29 and Dorrell Wright tallied 17 as the Warriors dropped their fifth straight.

"We understand where we are right now, we're shorthanded," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. "The energy and effort in the second half was acceptable. There's a way to go down and I can tolerate the second half. But the first half was disappointing."

The Warriors took their only lead early on at 5-2, but the Spurs registered the next 14 points and never looked back, taking a 39-24 advantage after one.

In the second, Ginobili tallied seven straight before Neal buried a three- pointer to extend the lead to 51-30 less than four minutes into the stanza.

Golden State got as close as 11 after two free throws from Robinson, but the lead quickly ballooned to 23 after a 14-2 swing found the Spurs on top 70-47 just before the break.

The lead was 16 early in the third when Neal, Green and Matt Bonner hit consecutive threes to spark a 13-0 run and press the advantage to 84-55.

The Spurs lead by as many as 32 in the frame and held a 96-72 edge after three quarters.

Golden State got no closer than 16 down the stretch as San Antonio coasted to the double-digit victory.

Game Notes

The Spurs were playing the first game of a back-to-back-to-back road stretch in the state of California, battling the Lakers on Tuesday and the Kings on Wednesday...Golden State will host the Lakers on Wednesday...San Antonio has won six in a row as the guest in this series.


Warriors Vs. Clippers: Clips Drop W's 112-104

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Paul had 28 points and 13 assists, lifting the Los Angeles Clippers over the Golden State Warriors, 112-104.

Blake Griffin added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who moved within one game of the idle Lakers for first place in the Pacific Division. DeAndre Jordan and Mo Williams donated 18 and 14 points, respectively.

Nate Robinson ended with a season-high 28 points and eight assists for the Warriors, who have lost four in a row. Klay Thompson and Dorell Wright tallied 24 and 23 points, respectively.

"I'm really happy with our guys and the energy they brought," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said.

The Clippers raced out to a 24-5 lead with 6:24 left in the first quarter. The home team shot 59.3 percent from the field in the period and took a 35-23 margin into the second.

Down by 10, 48-38, midway through the second stanza, Golden State went on a 14-5 run to get back in the game. The Warriors made a trio of three-pointers during the surge to cut the gap to 53-52 with 2:06 to go. It was 59-58 at the half.

Los Angeles led throughout the third quarter but never built a lead larger than six. Thus, Golden State trailed by just four, 86-82, heading to the fourth.

Holding a 91-87 edge early in the fourth, the Clippers went on a 7-0 flurry to create some distance. Paul's layup, Eric Bledsoe's slam and Nick Young's three-pointer made it a 98-87 game with 8:02 to play.

Golden State never got closer than six the rest of the way.

"We came out aggressive," Paul said. "They started making threes but we did a good job of holding on at the end."

Game Notes

The Clippers and Warriors split four meetings this season...Golden State has dropped 11 of 13...Warriors forwards Richard Jefferson (knee) and David Lee (groin) missed the game...Golden State turned the ball over 16 times, leading to 25 Los Angeles points.


Mark Jackson Discusses Warriors Broken Playoff Promise In Friday Press Conference

When Mark Jackson was hired as the Golden State Warriors head coach back in June, he and team ownership made their own individual promises to the fanbase of making the playoffs. Joe Lacob and Co. created a promises contract with season ticket holders in which they promised an All-Star player and a playoff berth, neither of which happened.

As for Jackson, he made a verbal covenant of making the playoffs, which was mathematically made out of the question after Wednesday's loss to Portland. Jackson spoke with the media Friday, discussing why he made the promise, noting it was for more than just the fans.


Question: Do you regret the playoff promise, maybe setting bar too high?

Mark Jackson: "No. Not at all. I'll take the heat, the criticism that comes with it. But I came in here with a mindset of changing the culture and we're changing the culture. There's going to be some tough spots and obviously it hasn't been the season we've wanted it to be but we're excited about what the future holds. If I had to do it all over again I'd come in talking the same mess."

Question: Was the prediction about attitude or the statement itself?

Mark Jackson: "I think it was a combination of both. I wouldn't have said it if I didn't believe it. But it also raised the bar across the board as far as our expectations. It'd be easy to come in and say it's going to be a long process and we need time to get it right.

"That's not what I signed up for. But I'm really excited about what lies ahead. But no regrets. Absolutely no regrets about a declaration."

What does it really mean to "take heat," though? You're not really taking heat

Mark Jackson: I'm saying if that was the case I'm fine with it. I wasn't saying I was taking heat for saying that (prediction). If that's the case, I'm fine with it, I'll own it, I'll embrace it. But I've said what I believed and I think what we're looking at is a process to get where we want to get to. I'm really pleased with what's in the locker room and what lies ahead for us."

Question: Do you think this team will make the playoffs next season?

Mark Jackson: Growing and maturing. No comment."


Hopefully with a healthy Andrew Bogut and Stephen Curry and a solid season from guys like David Lee and Klay Thompson, the W's may have their most legitimate shot at a playoff berth in years. But I think most W's fans will wait to see it to believe it.

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Warriors Vs. Mavericks, NBA Scores: W's Tanking Continues With 112-103 Loss To Mavs

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and Jason Terry led a solid bench effort with 16, as Dallas downed Golden State, 112-103.

Brandan Wright matched Terry with 16 points, Vince Carter chipped in with 12 and Rodrigue Beaubois donated 11 for Dallas, which has won its past two. The Mavericks bench scored 57 of their 112 points, and the visitors shot 50 percent overall on the game.

"We can't really slip up at this time of year," Wright said.

David Lee led all scorers with 30 points to go along with eight rebounds and Klay Thompson added 24 points with eight assists and seven rebounds for Golden State, which has dropped three straight contests.

The two teams jockeyed for position in the first quarter with Lee's putback tying the game at 13-13. Dallas jumped out to a seven-point lead by the end of the period thanks to six successive points to end the quarter. Nowitzki's three with just over one second left made the score 27-20.

The margin quickly reached double figures, ascending to 40-26 after two buckets from Carter and Beaubois' three with just under 8 1/2 minutes to go in the half. Three straight Nowitzki free throws opened a 50-33 margin, and his step-back jumper created a 60-41 gap, Dallas' largest lead of the night.

Dallas held a 63-49 lead at the half, but Golden State shot its way back into the contest thanks to Lee and Thompson, who buried three treys in the final four minutes and scored 13 points in the period. His first triple brought the home team within 78-67, and by the time he connected on his third trey of the period the Warriors were within 87-79.

Despite Thompson's shooting, the Mavericks still took a double-digit lead, 89-79, into the fourth, but it was short-lived. Nate Robinson brought the energy with five quick points and Brandon Rush's driving slam cut the deficit to 89-86 with a little more 10 minutes to go. Nowitzki's bucket, Dallas' first over 2 1/2 minutes into the period, extended the lead to five, and Terry's trey moments later made the score 96-88.

The Mavericks regained their footing and Nowitzki's jumper opened a 103-92 lead with just under six minutes to play. Dallas never felt threatened the rest of the way.

"The way we played in the second half was what we expect closing out this season," said Warriors head coach Mark Jackson. "We battled, gave ourselves a chance. We had some breakdowns, but the energy and effort was certainly there."

Game Notes

Dallas has won seven of the last nine against Golden State...The Mavericks are on a four-game road trip that will take them to Portland, to Los Angeles to face the Lakers and to Utah. Dallas has a 12-16 mark away from home this season...Robinson added 10 points in the loss.

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NBA Lottery 2012: Warriors Attempt To Keep First-Round Pick Will Go Down To The Wire

The San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami was busying crunching the numbers on the Golden State Warriors lottery pick chances, taking into account the litany of other teams and outside variables that all play into their chances at getting a protecting pick in this year's draft. Obviously the Warriors No. 1 factor is losing, which they need to keep doing in earnest, though that still might not secure them the pick.

Currently sitting with the ninth-worst record in the NBA, Kawakami feels zero wins the rest of the way would almost ensure them the pick, but if they win two they are finished. Trying to fall into that No. 7 spot certainly is a sticky situation, but it's not the end of the road either, as they still have a shot to land one of the top-three picks if they finish 8th or 9th as well.

The team in the 8th spot has a 2.8 percent chance at landing the No. 1 overall pick, 3.26 for No. 2 and 3.88 for No. 3, equivalent to a 9.94 percent chance at moving into top three. The 9th spot has a 6.11 percent overall chance, while No. 10 3.98 percent.

Here's the W's record the rest of the way:

Current record: 22-35

Games left: 9 (4 on the road)

vs. Mavericks (GSW back-to-back)
@ LA Clippers
vs. Spurs
vs. LA Lakers (LAL back-to-back)
@ Mavericks
@ Rockets (GSW back-to-back)
@ Timberwolves (GSW back-to-back-to-back)
vs. Hornets
vs. Spurs (SAS back-to-back)

That's an interesting mix of teams, though a lot of them are quality. Wins and losses could be hard to predict, especially with this Golden State squad.

Sacramento, Cleveland, Detroit, New Jersey and Toronto will all be in the mix to finish around the Warriors as well, with every win and loss having huge implications for each team's lottery placement. It's going to go down to the wire, and likely will require a bit of luck as well, something the W's could certainly use after another lost season.

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Warriors Vs. Trailblazers, Final Score: Jamal Crawford's 34 Sinks W's 118-110

Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Jamal Crawford scored 34 points off the bench as the Portland Trail Blazers escaped with a 118-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors at the Rose Garden.

J.J. Hickson had 23 points and 13 rebounds in place of LaMarcus Aldridge, who did not play after having an abnormality discovered in his hip on Wednesday and will be re-evaluated.

Wesley Matthews finished with 18 points and Raymond Felton contributed 16 points and 10 assists for Portland, which snapped a two-game slide and currently sits in the 11th seed of the Western Conference.

David Lee paced Golden State with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Nate Robinson netted 19 points for the Warriors, who were eliminated from the playoffs with the loss.

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Lamar Odom, Golden State Warriors A Good Fit?

After Lamar Odom was essentially relieved of his duties as bench warmer for the Dallas Mavericks this week, many have speculated as to where the 2011 sixth man of the year will make his next stop in his NBA Career. Warriors beat writer Marcus Thompson noted on Tuesday that he is on the W's radar, but will be a long shot trying to land him.

As Thompson mentions, the Warriors have four of their roster spots filled 'on paper' for the 2012-13 season already with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee and Andrew Bogut. Odom would make a great fit as the other forward along with Lee, an upgrade over any of the team's current options at that position.

Odom's terrible year was largely a mental factor after being traded from the Lakers hastily after the end of the lockout, though he still owns career numbers of 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 46.5 percent shooting from the field. Those are the numbers the W's should be looking at, and of course, his salary as well, of which his is owed $8.2 million next season.

Dallas has a team option though, so If they eventually end up cutting him they have to pay only $2.4 million. Golden State would have a mid-level exception (about $5.6 million this season) to offer Odom, essentially crossing their fingers he doesn't sign somewhere else. They could try and make a trade, but that would likely involve draft picks, something Golden State certainly needs to try and hold on to.

A mid-level option might be something Odom has to take if he wants to continue playing in the NBA as few teams want a player stuck in his head night-in and night-out. But if he can get his focus back on his game, he could be a nice addition to any team, especially the Warriors.

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Warriors Vs. Nuggets, NBA Scores: Kenneth Faired, Nugs Dominate W's 123-84

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Kenneth Faired scored 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets pulverized the Golden State Warriors, 123-84, on Monday.

Arron Afflalo and Danilo Gallinari scored 15 points apiece, JaVale McGee and Corey Brewer both netted 13 and Al Harrington and Ty Lawson each finished with 10 for the Nuggets, who avenged a 112-97 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

Denver retained its one-game lead on Phoenix for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with the victory.

Klay Thompson supplied 17 points and Nate Robinson donated 16 for Golden State, which has lost two of three.

The Nuggets scored the game's first 10 points, part of a 37-point first quarter -- 11 by Faired -- en route to a wire-to-wire win.

After shooting under 29 percent from the floor in the first quarter, Golden State managed a 47.8 percent clip in the second, but still trailed by at least 18 throughout the frame. The Nuggets possessed a 65-38 advantage at halftime.

Denver's reserves recorded significant minutes in the second half but the hosts' defense remained solid. The Warriors were held to under 36 percent from the floor as the Nuggets pushed their lead to as many as 41 points.

Game Notes

Andre Miller had 12 assists for the Nuggets...Denver held a 60-27 rebounding advantage, a 70-18 lead in the paint, and a 32-9 edge on fastbreaks.

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Warriors Vs. Nuggets: W's Stop Tanking For 112-97 Victory

Brandon Rush scored 20 points, David Lee had 17 and nine rebounds and the Golden State Warriors won the opener of a home-and- home with the Denver Nuggets, 112-97, on Saturday night.

Klay Thompson added 15 points and Nate Robinson scored 14 for the Warriors, who won for just the second time in their last nine games.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson praised his team for sharing the ball.

"More importantly we defended," he said. "That's a tough team to defend, but we did the job across the board. On the offensive end, guys came up big, especially our bench."

Ty Lawson scored 21 points to lead Denver and Al Harrington chipped in 19.

The Nuggets remained eighth in the Western Conference playoff race and will host the Warriors on Monday.

"The idea is we need to string some games together simply for our playoff position and hopes," Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo said.

Afflalo scored 13 of his 16 points in the first quarter and Denver had a 27-26 lead at the buzzer.

But the Warriors got 22 points from their bench in the second quarter and shot 56 percent to take a 56-49 lead at halftime.

Thompson scored nine points in the third quarter and Golden State went ahead by as many as 17 before Denver trimmed the margin to 76-68 with a 9-0 run.

The Warriors carried an 85-75 lead into the fourth and expanded it to 90-79 on Dominic McGuire's jumper two minutes in. Later, they went ahead by 12 on Lee's layup midway through and pushed the advantage to as high as 18 twice down the stretch.

Game Notes

The Warriors won the previous meeting between the teams this season, 109-101, on Feb. 9 in Denver...The Warriors were coming off 1-3 road trip that ended in a 104-98 loss at Utah on Friday night.

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Warriors Vs. Jazz: W's Fall 104-98 As Tanking Continues

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Al Jefferson had 30 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, as the Utah Jazz took down the Golden State Warriors, 104-98.

Devin Harris added a season-high 28 points and five assists in his return to the lineup for the Jazz, who have won two of three since a three-game skid. Gordon Hayward and Paul Millsap donated 14 and 12 points, respectively.

"We just played, we had to play the whole 48 minutes," Jefferson said. "We made some mistakes, they made us fight, but we just kept pounding the ball inside. Devin got hot and hit some outside shots, so they had to play honest, and we came out with the victory."

David Lee ended with 26 points and 12 boards for the Warriors, who failed to build off Wednesday's win over Minnesota. Klay Thompson tallied 23 points and five rebounds.

Harris started the fourth frame with a pair of three-pointers and a layup to give Utah an 86-80 lead.

Golden State stayed within striking distance and went on a 7-0 flurry late. Lee made a jumper prior to Thompson's jumper and three-pointer, which cut the gap to 96-93 with 2:58 to play.

But Utah responded with a 6-0 spurt to put the game away. Jefferson, Millsap and Hayward all made jumpers during the flurry to give the Jazz a 102-93 margin with 1:26 left.

"Well I think they had two weapons the entire night," Lee said. "Al played a great game inside and the big thing that killed us, it seems like every time it got close Devin Harris, who is a streaky three-point shooter but can get it get going, definitely got it going in the second half and made a bunch of big shots."

Neither team led by more than four in a first quarter that featured 11 lead changes and five ties. Utah took a 28-27 lead into the second.

The Warriors made four three-pointers during a 16-2 run to start the second frame. Richard Jefferson's two free throws made it 43-30 with 7:12 to go.

But the Jazz stormed back with an ensuing 25-10 run to go back in front. Hayward's two free throws made it 55-53, but Lee stopped the burst with a layup to tie the game at the half.

Neither team led by more than four in the third quarter. Golden State took an 80-78 margin into the fourth.

Game Notes

The Jazz went 3-1 against Golden State this season...The Warriors fell to 0-8 in games played on Friday this season...Harris missed Wednesday's contest with a left ankle injury...Utah went 22-of-25 from the foul line...Golden State turned the ball over 17 times, leading to 23 Utah points...Friday's loss was the Warriors' 100th loss all-time to the Jazz franchise.


Warriors Vs. Timberwolves: David Lee's 31 Leads The Way To 97-94 Win

Let's face it. The Golden State Warriors desperately needed a victory tonight. They've lost a staggering six in a row and only two of their last 13, but came out hungry against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center Wednesday night. The hungriest Warrior of them all was David Lee, who's impressive 31 points against the T'Wolves Kevin Love led the way for a 97-94 Golden State victory.

Golden State clawed their way back from a 20-point deficit behind Lee's 31 and eight boards, though multiple W's got in on the action tonight. Charles Jenkins had 19 points and seven assists, while rookie Klay Thompson and Richard Jefferson each dropped 13 apiece.

Kevin Love had 29 points and 12 rebounds while Wayne Ellington added 17 points for Minnesota, who have now lost four in a row and five of their last six. J.J. Barea had 15 points and eight dimes in his return from injury. He unfortunately also committed seven turnovers on the night, a large chunk of the T'Wolves 19 on the night.

The W's now make a stop in Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz Friday night, with tipoff set for 6:00 p.m. PT.

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Golden State Warriors Looking To Move D-League Wizards To Santa Cruz

According to a report from the Bismarck Tribune, The Golden State Warriors are looking to move their D-League, the Wizards, from their long-time home in Bismarck,ND all the way out to Santa Cruz, CA, a move W's ownership will spark even more love for their franchise in Northern California.

The Wizards have been in Bismarck for 17 seasons, but according to the report, a $2.5 million proposal the city of Santa Cruz for a new facility will be presented to the city council on Tuesday, April 10. The council will have their vote by early May.

Warriors GM Larry Riley is certainly excited about the move, pointing out just a few advantages of having the Wizards by the Boardwalk:

"It's a situation where players could come back and forth quite easily, and the same way with coaches," Warriors' general manager Larry Riley said. "... They can at least be right in tune with what's going on on a day-to-day basis with the Warriors. It should make the developmental process go quite a bit better."

Golden State purchased the Wizards in June of 2011, becoming only the fourth team in the NBA to actually own their NBADL franchise along with the San Antonio Spurs (Austin Toros), Oklahoma City Thunder (Tulsa 66ers) and the Los Angeles Lakers (L.A. D-Fenders).

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Warriors Vs Grizzlies, NBA Scores: W's Blow Another 4th Quarter Lead, Fall to Grizz 98-94

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Dante Cunningham scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Golden State Warriors, 98-94, on Tuesday.

Mike Conley added 18 points and five rebounds for the Grizzlies, who overcame a 12-point fourth quarter deficit. Memphis has won three straight games and five of six.

David Lee registered a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds for Golden State, which has lost six consecutive contests.

After Nate Robinson's jumper gave Golden State an 86-74 lead early in the fourth, the Grizzlies closed the contest on a 24-8 run. Cunningham netted seven points while Mayo added six during the surge.

Following 1-of-2 from the foul line by Cunningham, Lee's driving layup pulled the Warriors within 94-92 with 2:31 remaining.

But Golden State never got closer as back-to-back field goals by Marc Gasol and Rudy Gay made it 98-92 with 1:31 to go.

Lee missed two crucial free throws on the Warriors' ensuing possession to seal their fate. Lee netted 10 first-quarter points and the Warriors led, 24-20, after a quarter of play.

Neither team led by more than five in the opening half, and the contest was deadlocked at 50 heading into the locker room.

Dorell Wright knocked down a pair of triples and netted eight points during a 10-0 Golden State surge as they led, 62-54, with 7:43 remaining in the period.

A bit later, the Grizzlies responded with an 8-1 spurt and Conley's layup pulled Memphis within 67-66 late in the frame.

Game Notes

Robinson finished with 18 points and five assists...Both teams shot 46.3 percent from the field...Memphis led in the second chance points category, 17-5...The Grizzlies were 9-of-17 from beyond the arc while Golden State was 7-of-18.

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Warriors Vs. Lakers: Kobe Bryant's 40 Sinks W's 120-112

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - One night after a horrendous shooting performance, Kobe Bryant returned to MVP form with 40 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Golden State, 120-112, at Staples Center.

Despite losing Andrew Bynum to an ankle injury, the Lakers posted their fifth win in seven contests. They also beat the Warriors for the 15th time in the last 16 meetings.

Bryant missed his first 15 shots and went 3-of-21 from the field, but made the go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute in an 88-85 home win over the Hornets Saturday afternoon. On Sunday night, he recorded his fifth game of at least 40 points this season. Bryant ended 16-of-28 from the field.

Bynum suffered a moderate sprain of his left ankle late in the first quarter. He rolled the ankle by landing on the foot of teammate Josh McRoberts while contesting a shot from David Lee. X-rays taken at the Staples Center were negative. He will be evaluated Monday.

"With Andrew out of the lineup, it's not a championship formula, but we can win," Bryant said.

Pau Gasol provided a big lift after Bynum left and ended with 26 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Ramon Sessions contributed a season- best 23 points along with nine assists.

"When Andrew went down we stepped it up and played well," Gasol said. "I had more looks and I felt comfortable. Once Kobe knocked down his first three or four shots, I knew he was going to have a big game."

Lee had 27 points for the Warriors, who lost their fifth in a row.

"I was proud of the way we fought. We put ourselves in a position to win," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "Credit Kobe, he made some big shots at the end and gave them some breathing room. That's Kobe."

Golden State committed just five turnovers and made 11-of-21 attempts from beyond the arc, but could not provide the muscle needed to beat the Lakers. The Warriors were outrebounded, 50-29.

Richard Jefferson, who had 16 points, hit a three to get the visitors within 115-112 with 1:21 on the clock. Metta World Peace came right back 12 seconds later by nailing a long-distance shot from the left wing to restore the six- point margin and seal the outcome.

Bryant scored 13 in the opening quarter, but LA led only 27-26 after 12 minutes. It was 57-54 for the hosts at the half.

The Lakers started to pull away in the third when they shot 60 percent. Bryant scored 12 in the period, and the Lakers were up by as many as 15. They led, 89-76, going to the fourth.

Klay Thompson, who ended with 18 points, hit a driving layup to bring Golden State within 97-96 with seven minutes to go, but LA netted the next nine points, capped by a Bryant jumper.

Game Notes

The Lakers moved 1 1/2 games clear of the Clippers for the lead in the Pacific Division...Bryant has 112 games in which he's scored at least 40 points...Nate Robinson went 5-of-6 from beyond the arc and scored 17 in defeat...Troy Murphy equaled a season-high with 11 boards for LA...Golden State hasn't achieved much success as the guest in this series, losing eight in a row and 24 of 26 matchups.

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Warriors Vs. Lakers, NBA Preview: W's Look For Elusive Victory At Staples Center

As losers of nine of their last 11 games the Golden State Warriors are in a full blown free fall, fresh off blowing a 19 point lead to the New Jersey Nets on Friday. Now the Warriors must refocus to take on the Los Angeles Lakers at the STAPLES Center, a place where Golden State rarely can catch a break.

L.A. has won 14 of their last 15 meetings with Golden State, and after their latest lackluster performance against NEw Orleans, the Lake Show is fixing to come out firing. Kobe Bryant scored only 11 points, missing 18 of his 21 shot attempts from the floor. He may have some steam to let off because of it on Sunday.

W's rookie Klay Thompson is set to get his 12th straight start of the season, coming in averaging 17 a contest against the Lakers currently. His father Mychal is the Lakers radio color commentator.

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Warriors Vs. Nets: W's Blow Huge Lead In 102-100 Loss To New Jersey

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Gerald Green delivered the go-ahead basket in the final minute and Deron Williams helped the Nets rally from a 19-point third quarter deficit to post a 102-100 win over the Golden State Warriors.

Williams had 20 assists, one off a career-high, as New Jersey erased a 14- point hole early in the fourth to post back-to-back victories for the first time since March 7-9.

“Our guys just persevered. We fought. Nobody really panicked,” Nets coach Avery Johnson said.

Gerald Wallace totaled 24 points, 18 rebounds and six steals, and his lone block of the night came on Charles Jenkins in the waning seconds to help the Nets end a six-game road skid against the Warriors.

Kris Humphries and Green each totaled 20 points for the Nets.

David Lee posted 27 points, while Jenkins had 18 points and a career-best 12 assists for Golden State, which lost its fourth in a row.

“They outplayed us and we took our foot off the gas pedal,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “We didn’t close them when we had them and it came back to bite us.”

A pull-up jumper from Jenkins expanded Golden State’s lead to 98-94 with 2:43 left, but Williams nailed a three-ball at the other end.

After Klay Thompson missed a three from the right wing, Humphries tied it by going 1-of-2 at the foul line with two minutes left, but Lee’s turnaround hook shot from the left baseline provided Golden State with a 100-98 lead.

Green then dribbled along the left baseline and surged in for a thunderous dunk, and Lee lost the ball at the other end when Humphries got a hand on the ball in the lane. That led to Green’s go-ahead shot, a runner in the lane off a dribble-drive feed from Williams.

Williams came up with a block of Brandon Rush with half a minute left, but the veteran point guard turned the ball over back to the Warriors with 8.7 seconds left on an errant pass out of bounds.

Jenkins drove into the lane, but his turnaround shot from left of the basket was stuffed by Wallace’s left hand as time ticked away.

Golden State held a decisive advantage in the first half, leading by four after one quarter and 51-42 at halftime. Lee scored 22 in the opening 24 minutes.

Jeremy Tyler scored 10 in the third, a period in which Golden State went 13- of-19 from the field. The difference was 76-57 following Thompson’s three with 4:35 left, and it was 90-76 with 9:33 remaining prior to the collapse for Jackson’s team.

Game Notes

New Jersey has won three straight over the Warriors after losing the previous six in the series…New Jersey held a 44-32 rebounding edge and converted 17 turnovers into 28 points.


Warriors Vs. Nets: Short-Handed Squads Tussle At Oracle Arena

As the Golden State Warriors season keeps on keeping on, they inch closer to retaining their top-7 protected draft pick in the 2012 NBA draft, with a meeting with the New Jersey Nets at Oracle Arena Friday night.

The Warriors have lost eight of their last ten including the past three in a row, and like the Nets, have been a bit short-handed as of late. New Jersey had only eight players available in their win over Indiana on Wednesday, but now travel out to Oakland trying to do the same thing.

As for Golden State, they're coming off an embarrassing 102-87 loss to the Hornets on Wednesday in which they allowed New Orleans to short 54 percent from the field. Maybe frustration is setting in or maybe they jsut had an off night, but Mark Jackson and his W's seem to be heading in the wrong direction once more.

Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. with coverage on CSN Bay Area.

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Stephen Curry Injury: Warriors Guard Out At Least Two More Weeks

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian WojnarowskiGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will be sidelined for at least two more weeks with his recurrent foot/ankle injury that has plagued him all season long.

Curry had offseason surgery to 'strengthen' his oft-injured right ankle, something that has gave him trouble for most of his NBA career thus far. But after multiple re-aggravations of the ankle the team decided to keep him shelved for a while to see how it reacted. Obviously it hasn't reacted well enough if they want him out for two more weeks again.

With the Warriors season well beyond saving, and an attempt to lockup a lottery protected pick in this year's NBA draft, the W's might as well send him back to Charlotte for the rest of the season, because he shouldn't even consider suiting up again this year. No need to risk further injury losing.

With the future of the franchise basically contingent upon the ankles of Curry and recently acquired Andrew Bogut, it would behoove the team to tread lightly when dealing with their injuries moving forward, pun intended.

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Lakers Vs. Warriors: Kobe Bryant's 30 Sinks W's 104-101

The Los Angeles Lakers certainly have the Golden state Warriors number, and it was no different on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena as Kobe Bryant's go-ahead jumper late in the game sealed a 104-101 victory. The victory marked the Lakers 14th in their last 15 attempts against Golden State.

David Lee gave Golden State its first lead of the game with 1:22 remaining, but would prove not enough, finishing with 23 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Brandon Rush also scored 23on 9-15 shooting, while rookie Klay Thompson added 20. Rookie Charles Jenkins chimed in with 12 and three assists, while Dorell Wright added 13.

Bryant dropped a game-high 30 points despite shooting 9-24 from the floor, while Pau Gasol added 19 points and 17 rebounds. Matt Barnes adeed 18 and 10 boards.

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Lakers Vs. Warriors Preview: Kobe Bryant & Co. Takes On Klay Thompson, Short-Handed Warriors

Whenever the Los Angeles Lakers come to Oracle Arena, fans of the Golden State Warriors always seem to get a little more amped then they usually do. And after dropping with of their last five, maybe the W's have the Lake Show right where they want them.

The Lakers still have won 13 of the last 14 matchups against Golden State. They haven't seen much of Klay Thompson though, who played limited minutes in their 97-90 loss to Los Angeles in January. Thompson has seemingly been setting himself a new career-high in points each night out, averaging 18 points over his last ten including 31 two games ago against the Kings.

But the W's are one of Kobe Bryant's favorite teams to play, averaging 28.4 points in his last 16 games against Golden State, while newcomer Ramon Sessions has been impressive since coming over from Cleveland.

The Warriors are also very short-handed with injuries, highlighted by Stephen Curry and Nate Robinson. Hopefully David Lee can have himself another big game, as the Lakers are fresh of giving up 52 in the paint to the Grizzlies in a Sunday loss in Memphis.

Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area.

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Klay Thompson Drops 31, Warriors Edge Kings 111-108

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Klay Thompson scored a career-high 31, David Lee added 22 points and 14 rebounds and the Warriors hung on for a 111-108 win over the Kings on Saturday.

Lee scored the eventual game-winner with 1:23 left and Richard Jefferson's dunk sealed the final result after Sacramento guard Isaiah Thomas dribbled the ball out of bounds with 4.7 seconds remaining.

Brandon Rush added 11 points for the Warriors, who had lost five of six entering Saturday.

"He understands how to play and it's scary to think that he's only going to get better," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said about Thompson.

DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 18 rebounds to pace Sacramento while John Salmons added 17, Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton finished with 16 and Thomas chipped in 12. The Kings have dropped two straight.

Sacramento was on top, 104-103, with three minutes to play when Lee scored six in a row around an Evans jumper to give Golden State the lead. His final basket, a contested layup off a Charles Jenkins pass, made it 109-106.

Thomas answered with a driving bucket, but the Kings committed a pair of costly turnovers in the final minute and never reclaimed the lead.

First, Terrence Williams blocked Thompson's baseline jumper and pushed the ball upcourt, but was met near the basket by Jefferson and lost the ball out of bounds.

With 14.3 seconds left, Lee failed to inbound the ball and was called for a five second violation. But Thomas gave it right back, losing his dribble out of bounds near the right wing.

Jefferson broke free on the ensuing inbounds and threw down a dunk before Evans' long three-point attempt fell short of the rim at the buzzer.

"We did everything that we could. In the second half, I thought our guys did a great job defensively," Kings head coach Keith Smart said.

Cousins made two free throws to start the game, but the Kings didn't lead again until 1:03 remained in the third, when the power forward completed a three-point play for an 86-85 advantage.

In between, the Warriors led by as many 13 and were up, 62-51, at the half.

Game Notes

Golden State guard Nate Robinson left the game late in the second quarter with an apparent hamstring injury. He finished with 10 points...The Warriors won the season-series, 3-1...Sacramento has lost four straight on the road.

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Warriors Vs. Kings: Battle For Nor-Cal Rekindles At Oracle Arena

As both teams are more than likely not making the second season this year, games like tonight's between the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings almost become more important, vying for the all important bragging rights for Northern California basketball supremacy.

The W's rallied a heart-felt victory in Sacramento just last week, only hours after losing Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh for one of their more impressive victoires of the season. They've haven't had much success other than that, but can possibly take the season series 3-1 with a win at Oracle this evening.

As for the Kings, they've just wrapped up their franchise-long homestand of nine straight at Power Band Pavilion, going 5-4 over that span, led by the improved play of Isaiah Thomas in his starting role and DeMarcus Cousins being DeMarcus Cousins, who has averaged 20.5 points and 15.3 rebounds a game against Golden State this season.

If the W's want to earn themselves a win, they'll have to try and get it done in the paint. Over their last five Golden State has given up an average of 52 points in the paint, 20 more than they're scoring, and outrebounded by an average of 18. Their lack of size is certainly getting exploited, but hopefully can get the offense going early to try and ease the load on David Lee and the rest of the big men.

Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and NBA TV.

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Warriors Vs. Rockets, NBA Scores: W's Fall Short In Houston With 109-83 Loss

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Chandler Parsons had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Houston Rockets routed the Golden State Warriors, 109-83, on Thursday.

Luis Scola netted 18 points to go with seven assists for the Rockets, who have won four of their past six games. Goran Dragic scored 17 points and dished out nine assists, while Samuel Dalembert added a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.

Houston held a commanding 58-38 advantage in the paint and outrebounded Golden State, 48-31.

Richard Jefferson had 14 points off the bench to lead the Warriors, who have dropped five of their last six contests.

The Rockets jumped out on the Warriors right from the opening tip.

With Houston holding a four-point cushion midway through the opening frame, the hosts used a 12-2 push to stretch its margin to 30-16 late in the first. Dragic netted six points while Dalembert added four during the surge.

Houston led, 30-18, after one, but the Warriors cut the deficit to two midway through the second following a 17-5 surge.

But back-to-back treys by Dragic and Parsons, followed by Marcus Camby's layup made it 45-35 and the Rockets weren't threatened again as they took a 56-47 lead into the locker room.

The Rockets tallied the first nine points in the third as a pair of Dalembert free throws made it a 66-47 game.

Houston took a 84-67 advantage into the final quarter and led by as many as 30 in the fourth, cruising to the easy win.

Game Notes

Houston guard Kevin Martin missed his sixth straight game with a strained right shoulder...During its pregame festivities, Houston honored its "Team of the 1990s" -- Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Kenny Smith, Mario Elie and Robert Horry -- with a mural.

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Warriors Sign Mickell Gladness To 10-Day Contract

Many believe the Golden State Warriors are not going to take the last month of the season quite as seriously as other teams. The Monta Ellis trade made it easy to think that the Warriors were giving up on this season and the team would be moving to focus on the draft.

This next signing probably won't boost too much confidence for Golden State fans. made the announcement.

Prior to joining the Heat for their 2011-12 training camp, Gladness appeared in four games for the Dakota Wizards, the Warriors’ NBA Development League team, averaging 7.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.75 blocks in 20.8 minutes per contest. Overall, he has appeared in 81 D-League games over three seasons, averaging 4.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.41 blocks combined with Dakota and Rio Grande Valley.

Gladness is a 6'11", 220 lb center from Alabama A&M, but hasn't played much in the NBA. Gladness signed two ten-day contracts over the Miami Heat, averaged 3.5 minutes per game over eight games played, averaging 0.3 points per game, 0.3 assists per game and 1.4 rebounds per game. Not terribly impressive, but Golden State does need frontcourt depth regardless until Andrew Bogut is fully healed, so this might work out in the intermediary.

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Warriors Vs. Rockets Preview: Warriors Hit H-Town Looking For Another Win

The Golden State Warriors got themselves out of their funk last night against the New Orleans Hornets, and now turn their attention to the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center Thursday evening.

At 25-22 the Rockets are still a player in the playoff race, looking for their seventh straight home victory against the W's. They also are 17-6 at home with a 15 point average margin of victory, and despite some recent struggles are hosting a depleted Warriors squad just hoping to finish the season strong.

Without Stephen Curry or Andirs Biedrins, rookie Klay Thompson and David Lee have been taking the lead on the offensive end for Golden State, and will likely need to do so again this evening. Luis Scola should prove a handful for Lee this evening, averaging 22 points and 12 boards in his last five against the W's.

Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area.

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Warriors Fans Reach Much-Needed Breaking Point

The rage has been pent up for so long, and it was finally released. Was the timing horrible? Yes. Did the boos signal the end of the world? Quite the opposite.


Warriors Vs. Hornets, NBA Scores: Klay Thompson's 27 Pace W's To 101-92 Victory

The Golden State Warriors were amidst another losing streak, but luckily had the New Orleans Hornets on the docket this evening. But with another terrific performance from rookie Klay Thompson and another double-double from David Lee the Warriors ending their skid with a 101-92 victory at New Orleans Arena Wednesday night.

Thompson was the go-to for the W's tonight, going 11-24 for the floor for a game-high 27 points along with five rebounds and five assists, while Lee finished with 25 points and 11 boards. Brandon Rush was solid off the bench with 16 points on 6-10 shooting from the floor, while Dorell Wright, Nate Robinson and Richard Jefferson all added eight.

As for the Hornets, Jarrett Jack dropped 18 tonight along with ten rebounds, while Chris Kaman and Xavier Henry added 13 apiece.

The W's now head to Houston to take on the Rockets on Thursday, with tipoff set for 5:00 p.m. PT.

Full box score can be found here.

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Andris Biedrins Out For Warriors Vs. Hornets, Trailblazers Claim J.J Hickson Off Waivers

According to multiple sources big man J.J. Hixson did not clear waivers like the Golden State Warriors had hoped, being picked up by the Portland Trailblazers in the 11th hour before the W's take on the New Orleans Hornets. Golden State had hoped to nab him after he cleared to help with some extra front court depth, but Portland got to him first.

Via Matt Steinmetz on Twitter:

To further put salt in the W's wounded big men, Andris Biedrins will not be suiting up this evening either, leaving an already hobbled David Lee to take even more of the Lion's share tonight with Stephen Curry on the bench with injury as well.

Hopefully the dubstitues are ready to go tonight, because it's going to take the whole team to get out of their current losing streak tonight.

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Warriors Vs. Hornets: David Lee Leads W's Into Big Easy

The Golden State Warriors have lost four in a row. People are starting to get booed. Maybe the quest for a top 7 protected pick in the upcoming NBA Draft isn't much closer than you think after all.

The W's roll through New Orleans Wednesday night to take on the Hornets (11-34), who already have likely locked themselves up a lottery pick this year, but are coming off one of their best wins of the year 102-94 victory over the Nets. These teams haven't played each other in over a year, and each have a few days of rest under their belts heading into the matchup.

Sitting in 13th place in the Western Conference at 18-25, the W's aren't too far behind the Hornets out west, and with 23 games left on the regular schedule, have a great chance to lock up two first round picks in their own and the one they got in the Richard Jefferson deal from San Antonio. And with Stephen Curry continually hobbled and Andris Biedrins recently straining his groin, Golden State will be even more short handed tonight in the Big Easy.

Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m. PT from New Orleans Arena with coverage on CSN Bay Area.

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Kevin Love Dominates, Golden State Falls To Minnesota 97-93

While the Warriors fans were booing their owner out of the building, Golden State was getting right back to losing basketball games.

It was another great performance by Kevin Love to prop the Minnesota Timberwolves up in a road victory over the Golden State Warriors. Love put in another big-time double double with 36 points and 17 rebounds, outplaying David Lee (25 points and nine rebounds) in a battle of the big men. Despite average to mediocre performances from everyone else, eight other Timberwolves managed five points or more, with Anthony Tolliver and Luke Ridnour the other Minnesota players in double figures.

Klay Thompson scored 17 points, Richard Jefferson managed 19 and Nate Robinson added 13 for the Warriors, but Golden State shot only 42.5% from the field and were outrebounded 48-33 in this one.

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Golden State Warriors Favorites To Land J.J. Hickson

The Sacramento Kings decided to move on from J.J. Hickson after it was clear he wasn't producing at the same level that he did when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers. So now the rest of the NBA has a chance to try and get him this year.

Two favorites appear to have emerged for Hickson's services.

Hickson could provide a rebounding presence for both teams (he still averages five boards a game with limited playing time), and could complement the shorthanded big man rotations for either Golden State or Phoenix.

Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld has a further report that seems to indicate that Hickson might be staying in Northern California, and might just be trekking down the I-80 to go with the Warriors. Hickson could just end up as a solid backup for a team that desperately needs frontcourt depth.

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Chris Mullen Jersey Retirement Highlights Warriors Vs. Timberwolves

Monday will be a historic night in Golden State Warriors history as Chris Mullin will finally have his No. 17 jersey retired in the rafters of Oracle Arena as the Minnesota Timberwolves head to town to square off with the W's.

The Warriors are amidst another losing streak, three in a row to be exact, though halftime will likely be the focal point of the evening. Many Warriors legends are to be in attendance to celebrate Mullin's career and the happy days of yesteryear as No. 17 joins the other five jerseys retired in team history along with No. 13 Wilt Chamberlain, No. 14 Tom Meschery, No. 16 Alvin Attles, No. 24 Rick Barry, and No. 42 Nate Thurmond.

As for the game itself, Mark Jackson still has some new toys to try out in Richard Jefferson and T.J. Ford, mixing them in with the rest of the ensemble already in place. Jefferson, Brandon Rush and Dorell Wright will seemingly fight for minutes at the small forward position.

Ricky Rubio is out for the season with a knee injury, and Stephen Curry will likely see limited or no minutes tonight as well, but keep you eye on Kevin Love, currently leading the league with 38 double-doubles, against David Lee, who's been just about averaging a double-double with 19.2 points and 9.2 rebounds a game over his last 10.

Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area.

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Warriors Lose Third Straight In Overtime, Jazz Win 99-92

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Derrick Favors had a breakout game with career-highs in points, 23, and rebounds, 17, as his three-point play with 27.8 seconds left in regulation sent the game to overtime, where Utah completed the 99-92 victory over the Golden State Warriors at Energy Solutions Arena on Saturday.

Favors, who started in place of Al Harrington as he grieves the loss of his grandmother, finished a dunk and hit the ensuing free throw to tie the game at 87, and then came up with a block on Nate Robinson's drive with 7.9 ticks left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Utah would outscore the Warriors 12-5 in the extra session for the victory.

"I am just coming out here and playing my game," said Favors. "Rebounding and defense, that's my game. Coach trusted me enough at the end of the game to keep me in, so I couldn't let him down."

Jamal Tinsley and Paul Millsap tallied 13 points apiece, while Devin Harris and Gordon Hayward added 12 points apiece to give Utah its fifth straight home win.

Robinson finished with 19 points, David Lee scored 18 and Klay Thompson netted 17 as Golden State dropped its third straight contest.

Utah held a seven point lead early in the fourth, but Dorell Wright connected on a trey with 5:42 left to cap an 11-2 run for the Warriors as they took a 78-76 lead.

The teams exchanged buckets over the next five minutes, as Harris pulled his team even at 84 with a midrange jumper with 41.1 seconds remaining.

Robinson responded for the Warriors, drilling a step-back three to put the visitors on top 87-84 with 32.4 ticks on the clock before Favors tied the game on a three-point play as he posterized Andris Biedrins with a dunk in the lane.

Utah tallied the first six points of overtime and never looked back, holding the Warriors without a field goal for the first 4:55 of the extra session to hold on for the victory.

"The frustrating thing is that we had the opportunity to close out the game," remarked Golden State head coach Mark Jackson. "We needed one stop and we didn't get it done. It's disappointing."

Golden State held a 25-18 advantage after one, and entered the locker room with a 51-46 edge.

The Jazz gained momentum in the third, as Harris connected on a three-pointer four minutes into the frame to give Utah a 56-55 edge, its first since early in the first quarter.

Golden State regained the lead 64-63, late in the third, but Utah closed out the quarter with a 6-1 surge to take a 69-65 lead entering the final frame.

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Warriors Vs. Bucks: Monta Ellis Shines In Bucks 120-98 Victory Over W's

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Monta Ellis scored 18 points against his former team, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 120-98 win Friday over the Golden State Warriors.

Ellis, who came over from Golden State in a five-player trade this week, was on the court for almost 39 minutes in his Bucks debut, adding four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

He was one of six Milwaukee players who scored in double digits as the Bucks moved the ball with ease, piling up 33 assists and leading wire-to-wire with forward Ersan Ilyasova out of the lineup with a bronchial condition.

They won their fifth straight game and set season-highs in number of points and rebounds (54).

Luc Mbah a Moute had career-highs of 22 points and 17 rebounds while Mike Dunleavy scored 24 points and Drew Gooden (16), Carlos Delfino (15) and Brandon Jennings (13) also scored in double digits.

The Bucks also got Ekpe Udoh, who was scoreless in 18-plus minutes, in the trade that landed them Ellis and injured center Kwame Brown from the Warriors.

Milwaukee head coach Scott Skiles talked about the "human element" of such a trade and was happy to see the new players adjust so quickly after just a few shootarounds and practices with the team.

"It's been a heck of a couple days," said Skiles.

Golden State got injured center Andrew Bogut and swingman Stephen Jackson in the deal, then dealt Jackson to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday in exchange for Richard Jefferson, T.J. Ford and a 2012 first-round draft pick.

Neither Ford nor Jefferson played Friday and the Warriors were led by 22 points from David Lee, 19 from Klay Thompson and 17 from Dorell Wright.

Lee said there wasn't any time during the game to think about playing his former teammates. All he could focus on was how bad he and his current teammates let things get.

"We played a bad ballgame. They out-played us from the start," said Lee. "Maybe if it would have been a little more competitive there would have been a little more emotion involved."

Among Milwaukee's 33 assists, Beno Udrih had a career-high nine. The Bucks had nine helpers in the first quarter, shooting 52.2 percent and building a 31-12 lead, then added eight in each of the next three.

Jennings had seven assists and Ellis, Gooden and Dunleavy all had four apiece, leading Skiles to boast about his team's improved decision making with the ball in tight spots.

"We're getting better at it," he said.

Game Notes

The Warriors had snapped a four-game losing streak in the series with a 100-94 win at home on Feb. 3, 2011...The Bucks are off until a game at Portland on Tuesday...The Warriors are at Utah on Saturday night.


Warriors Vs. Bucks Preview: W's Host Monta Ellis, Streaking Bucks Friday

The Golden State Warriors are essentially a brand new team through some serious trading before the deadline, though they lost only two players from their roster. But Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh return to Oracle Arena to face the team that traded them just days prior as the Milwaukee Bucks head to Oakland Friday night.

Ellis and Udoh still can't play until Andrew Bogut's physical is completed, but could see their first action as Bucks Friday night. They pulled away late against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday for their fourth straight victory despite being a bit short-handed. Now the W's are out to hold court and continue their hot play of their own.

Winners of four of their last six matchups, the Warriors have shot a combined 52.1 percent from the field and holding opponents to an average of 93.5 points in their last four. Much of that has been the balanced offesneive outputs they have been getting, with increased minutes and production for lots of role players, most notably Nate Robinson and rookie Klay Thompson. Nate is coming off a 20 point, 11 assist evening against Boston, while Klay scored a career-high 26 on Wednesday as well.

Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area.

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NBA Trades 2012: Warriors Land Richard Jefferson, T.J. Ford, And First Round Draft Pick

The Golden State Warriors seem to be taking on assets to try and save their draft pick, as they keep on winning basketball games that they probably would be better off losing if they don't want to lose the pick to the Utah Jazz. If Golden State doesn't end up with one of the top seven picks in the draft, Utah will end up with it.

Getting another pick from the San Antonio Spurs would be very useful. The Warriors have more on the deal.

The Golden State Warriors have acquired forward Richard Jefferson, guard T.J. Ford and a 2012 First Round draft pick from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for forward Stephen Jackson, the team announced today. The conditional draft pick will be lottery protected (1-14) in 2012 and in the subsequent two years (2013 and 2014) if not conveyed in this June’s draft.

Jefferson will provide Golden State with more flexibility at the three. Golden State takes on Ford, a guard who is already retiring, so he's just someone being thrown into the trade. The big thing is the draft pick, which is what Golden State needs to start rebuilding and recreating the team into a contender.

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NBA Trade Deadline 2012: Stephen Jackson, Richard Jefferson Deal Possible, According To Report

As the newst old Golden State Warrior returns to his former stomping ground for his first game on Friday, Stephen Jackson wonders to CSN Bay Area's Matt Steinmetz how fans will take to him in his return to the Bay:

Elsewhere though, likely behind closed doors, deals are being discussed that may have Jackson never coming back to the Warriors at all, as repoted by ESPN's Ric Bucher on Twitter:

That's right, Jackson may have found himself on the trade block for the second time this week if what Bucher says is true, not exactly a vote of confidence in good old Captain Jack. Plus, Richard Jefferson could fit right into Mark Jackson's defensive-minded system and be a veteran voice of reason in the locker room, essentially another role player in a sea of role players in Oakland.

Or they can hang on to Jackson, who likes to get technical fouls 'because he wants to.'

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Warriors Vs. Celtics, NBA Scores: Klay Thompson's Great Night Not Enough, Celtics Escape With 105-103 Win

The Golden State Warriors have found a way to win as of late, looking for their fourth in a row Wednesday night against the visiting Boston Celtics at Oracle Arena. And despite another well-rounded offensive effort by Golden State their win streak would stop dead in it's tracks as Boston snuck out of town with the 105-103 victory.

Golden State battled out to a five point first half lead, trading blows with Boston all the way through the second half. A Nate Robinson layup lade it a 103-101 game with one minute left, then another one with 28 seconds left tied the game up, forcing a Celtics timeout. The C's held to the end of the shot clock as Kevin Garnett splashed a long two-point jumper to take back the lead 105-103 with five seconds remaining. Robinson would launch a prayer three on the ensuing inbound, eventually sealing their fate.

Klay Thompson had on of his best night as a pro, going 9-16 from the floor for a team high 26, David Lee had 22 and eight rebounds, while Nate Robinson had 20 and 11 assists. It unfortunately would all be for nought. Dorell Wright added 16 and seven boards, while Dominic McGuire had 10, shooting over 50% from the floor while forcing 17 Boston turnovers. Regrettably, the W's had 17 turnovers as well.

Lee also needed six stitches over his eye after catching an elbow in the first half, but came back and was A-OK.

Boston also spread the wealth tonight, with Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass scoring 24 and 22 respectfully. Paul Pierce and Mickael Pietrus each added 15, while Rajon Rondo had 8 points and an impressive 14 assists.

The W's now host Monta Ellis and the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday in his almost immediate return to Oracle as part of the visiting squad. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT with coverage of CSN Bay Area.

Full box score can be found here.

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Stephen Curry Injury: Warriors Guard Could Be Shut Down Rest Of Season

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is becoming more and more frustrated with his recurring ankle injury, which was apparent after the team's 115-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings in which he didn't suit up. And instead of yanking him in and out of the lineup, the team and Curry himself may find it best to simply sit it out for a while, as noted by CSN Bay Area's Matt Steinmetz.

When asked his status for the rest of the season, Curry was less than optimistic:

"I'm just trying to get healthy," Curry said, "I'm getting fed up with dealing with the same thing over and over again and trying to push through it and not being able to produce like I want to on the floor.

"That's my main goal, to get healthy. What that means I'm not sure yet. I'll continue to do my rehab and my treatment and listen to the (training) staff. I'm sure we'll have a better idea what we're going to do going forward later."

With Monta Ellis out of the picture, much of the future of the franchise hinges on the ankles of Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut. Bogut is certainly out of the picture for a while, and if the team decides to put Curry on the shelf, that could signify a 'pack-it-in' mentality of the team trying to retain their top-7 protected draft pick this season. On the other side of the coin the team has won three straight and have ownership saying the exact opposite, leaving some players to keep from projecting too far into the future:

"I'm going to take this game by game," Lee said of the rest of the season. "We have to take a step back and see what they're going to do with Steph Curry and that's going to be a big part of us moving forward."

Being without Monta, Curry, Udoh or Bogut, the W's will need more great offensive outpours from their role players and dubstitutes, because David Lee can't do it all. We'll get another chance to see how they resopnd against the Celtics Wednesday night.

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Warriors Vs. Celtics Preview: W's Look For 4th In A Row Against Visiting Boston

Despite the fact the the Golden State Warriors have moved on from Monta Ellis, the show must go on with the rest of the squad, as shown in their dismantling of the Sacramento Kings on the road Tuesday night. Now the face a horse of a different color in the Boston Celtics Wednesday at Oracle Arena.

Without Monta, all eyes turn to Stephen Curry as the go-to guard on the team though his status remains uncertain with his oft-injured ankle, including tonight. Luckily without Monta or Steph the W's managed six players to score in double-figures on Tuesday, likely needing asimilar output on Wednesday if they want to earn a victory.

As for the Celtics, they are fresh off a Los Angeles split with a loss to the Lakers Sunday and a victory against the Clippers Monday. They haven't faced the W's since February 22, 2011, a 115-93 beat down with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combining for 47 points.

Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area.

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Warriors Vs. Kings: Without Monta Ellis, W's Ride Well Balanced Output To 115-89 Victory

In their first game sans Monta Ellis the Golden State Warriors used a well balanced offensive attack to drop their Northern California rivals Sacramento Kings by the score of 115-89 at Power Band Pavilion.

Six Warriors found themselves in double figures Tuesday night, led by Nate Robinson, David Lee and Brandon Rush all dropping 17 points, while Dorell Wright and Klay Thompson added 14 apiece. Charles Jenkins had carrer highs of 15 points on 7-10 shooting. Just about everyone had a good night without Monta, with Dominic McQuire added 8 and Andris Biedrins six in 30 minutes of play. Stephen Curry did not suit up tonight due to injury.

The Kings were simply owned from the second half on, shooting only 40 percent from the floor compared to the Warriors 50 percent. DeMarcus Cousins led the way with 19 points and 12 assists, while Tyreke Evans added 16 and Issah Thomas 15.

The Warriors have now won three in a row as they get ready to host the Boston Celtics at Oracle Arena Wednesday night with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m. PT.

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Monta Ellis Trade: Where Do The Warriors Go From Here?

According to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarawoski the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks have agreed in principal to a deal that would send guard Monta Ellis, Kwame Brown and Ekpe Udoh to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut and former Warriors Stephen Jackson.

This trade will certainly leave a sour taste in many a Warriors fan's mouth as Ellis, averaging 21.9 points and 6 assists a contest and Udoh, who's been making great strides offensively as of late (9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in his last ten games) were certainly fan favorites. This now puts the team in line to put more pressure on Stephen Curry as their face-of-the-franchise guard, even though he'll be hobbled likely for a while longer with his recurring foot/ankle injury.

As for what the Warriors get in return, Stephen Jackson will get to return to a fan base that loved him for his part of the 2007 'we beleive' team, but has been more known for his prowess for technical fouls than anything else, amongst his decent numbers. As for Bogut, here's what they get from him:

Per Scott Reiss on Twitter:

It appears to me with this trade that the Warriors are not looking to make a push this season, or feel that the addition of Jackson and the improvement of Klay Thompson are enough to try and make a push this season. When Bogut returns next they'll certainly have a more formidable front court, but for now they'll have even less big man depth with Udoh out of the picture.

In the long term the Warriors should have about $15 million coming off the books after this season with the deal, and could likely ensure a top 7 pick in the lottery if they keep losing, but they'll of course have to keep losing. Without Ellis, Bogut, Udoh and a very limited Curry, that could very well be the case.

Per Marcus Thompson on Twitter:

Too early to call, but it isn't looking good.

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Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, Kwame Brown To Bucks; Andrew Bogut, Stephen Jackson To Warriors, According To Report

The Golden State Warriors have moved Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.


NBA Trade Rumors: Monta Ellis Trade Talks With Orlando Magic Are Dead

The rumored three-team trade proposal that would land the Milwaukee Bucks' Andrew Bogut on the Golden State Warriors and the Warriors' Monta Ellis on the Orlando Magic will not happen.

According to a tweet from Ken Berger of CBS Sports, Warriors owner Joe Lacob has no interest in the deal.

The Orlando Magic have worked feverishly to try to add a piece or two to their team to try to convince Magic center Dwight Howard to stay for at least another year. Ellis is one of their primary targets but that option is now gone.

The NBA trade deadline is on Thursday so it won't be long before we know the fates of the likes of Ellis, Bogut and the biggest fish in the sea, Howard. Ellis has been surrounded by rumors the past couple of years as the Ellis-Stephen Curry experiment in the Warriors backcourt hasn't produced the results the team would like.


Andrew Bogut Trade Rumors: Warriors Want Bucks Center, Monta Ellis To Magic In Three Team Deal

The Golden State Warriors coveted Dwight Howard even if he decided to stick around for only a season and head elsewhere in free agency. But the Orlando Magic demanded a lot, and the Warriors had to back off and look for alternatives.

In this case, going to an option two at center made the most sense. Ken Berger of CBS Sports has more.

The Warriors are discussing ways to acquire center Andrew Bogut from Milwaukee as part of a complicated, three-team proposal that would send Monta Ellis to Orlando, multiple league sources told

The Warriors would get Bogut from the Bucks and send Ellis to Orlando as part of the Magic's efforts to persuade Dwight Howard that they are prepared to continue surrounding him with top-flight talent. The Magic are exploring multiple scenarios to upgrade their roster in the hopes that Howard would then relent on his strategy to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The Warriors would love to get a center like Bogut in place to shore up their rebounding efforts and make them a more complete basketball team on the interior. Right now Golden State has solid three point shooting and offensive production, but continues to lack defensive toughness. Bogut could provide them.

Unfortunately, just like Howard, Bogut might not be interested in sticking around Golden State.

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Monta Ellis Trade Rumors: Warriors, Magic, Hornets Reportedly Discussing Three Team Deal

We're at the silly season part of the NBA trade rumors season. The deadline is fast approaching and every rumor must be dissected, taken apart, and examined thoroughly.

Let's look at this latest one.

Notice it does not include Dwight Howard. Is Golden State capitulating and just ready to jettison Ellis and start over?

If it's true, this makes sense for Golden State to take this strategy. The Warriors haven't really tanked a season and have missed out on superstar after superstar because they were too low in the draft order, ending up with either a bust or a fringe role player. The Warriors could fall down the board and really end up with a quality player in the draft if they lost Ellis and the team started losing. Orlando would also gain a star to pair with Howard offensively, and the Magic could be a bit more reassured in their hopes of keeping their superstar center.

If it's true, of course.

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Clippers Vs. Warriors: Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright Pace W's To 97-93 Road Victory

After handling the Dallas Mavericks at home on Saturday night the Golden State Warriors headed south to take on the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples center in Los Angeles. The W's lead throughout, but a fourth quarter surge by the Clip Show made it interesting late, but Golden State would eventually prevail by the score of 97-93.

The Warriors had a 21 point lead midway through the third quarter, but the Clips started the fourth on a 20-7 run to get them back in the game. A 8-0 run by Golden State would in the final minutes would prove just enough to keep the Clippers at bay in the end.

Dorell Wright awoke from his recent offensive struggles, dropping a 20 points on the night on 7-10 shooting from the floor. Ekpe Udoh has almost been showing his improved scoring abilities with 14 points with David Lee adding 18 and ten rebounds.

Monta Ellis was the workhorse once again, scoring a team-high 21 in 43 minutes on the floor including 11 assists, while rookie Klay Thompson added 11 off the bench as well. Stephen Curry tried to play after re-tweaking his ankle last night, playing only nine minutes before coming off the floor scoring no points.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul combined for 50 points tonight but didn't get much support from the the rest of the cast, though Randy Foye stepped up with 16 points on 5-11 shooting and Reggie Evans 11 off the bench.

Full box score can be found here.

The Warriors now head to Power Band Pavilion next to take on the Sacramento Kings in a Northern California showdown on Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. PT.

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Clippers Vs. Warriors NBA Preview: W's Head To Staples To Take On Blake Griffin, CP3

As this season is going from bad to worse for Stephen Curry and his oft-injured foot/ankle, the Golden State Warriors earned themselves a big victory over the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night to inch closer to the 8th and final playoff spot this season. But they head to tinsel town Sunday to face the Los Angeles Clippers look to make it back-to-back against some of the Western conference's finest.

Curry re-injured his ankle Sunday after already being a bit hobbled with a foot injury in the same area. He will more than likely not be suiting up this evening, even putting some question into his status the rest of the season. This on again, off again isn't working for Curry or the Warriors, so they might as well let him get fully healed before trying to push it again.

The W's certainly didn't struggle without him offensively, and will need some more big games for David Lee, Monta Ellis and the dubstitutes if they want ot beat the Clippers tonight. Curry led the way with 32 the last time again the Clippers at Staples, though the W's still haven't won there since January of 2011.

The dynamic duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will be a handful (as always) as Paul is averaging 25.6 points and 9.6 assists in his last 10 games against the Warriors, while Griffin is averaging 21 points and eight boards in his two meetings with Golden State already this season.

Although it will be a challenge, road games like this are ones this Warriors team need to win if they want to be a playoff contender this season.

Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area.

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Mavericks Vs. Warriors: Dirk Nowitzki and Co. Invade Oracle Arena

The Dallas Mavericks are currently in the middle of one of their worst losing streaks in recent memory, stretching it to six with their latest loss to the Sacramento Kings. Now they head to Oracle Arena Friday night to take on another team that's ben struggling, the Golden State Warriors, to see if either teams can ease their woes with a win tonight.

Despite the long dry spell from Dallas at least they are in the playoff hunt as the Warriors need to go on a dizzying stretch if they want to even be considered relevant to make the second season. Stephen Curry still hasn't been able to come back at full strength which limits the offense immensely, putting extra pressure on guys like David Lee and Dorrell Wright to step up to the plate. Lee has, Wright hasn't who is shooting 28 percent from the field in his last 10 games.

Dallas had won six straight against the Warriors before their most recent meeting last April when Monta Ellis scored 32 points en route to 99-92 victory at Oracle. Hopefully something similar will occur tonight.

Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area.

For more news and notes on the Warriors, please check out Golden State of Mind.


Golden State Warriors Still Looking For New Stadium Site

According to a report from Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, the Golden State Warriors continue to search for a new location to call their home in both San Francisco and Oakland, trying to get out of the NBA's oldest areana still in use in Oralce Arena.

The current lease the team has runs through the year 2017, meaning that they have a some time to find a new spot. Kawakami was told that the team currently have made no firm decisions on even a preferred site as of yet, so to say they are still far from having any idea where they are going would even be a stretch of the imagination.

More than likely they will want to end up in San Francisco, where they have already speculated the moving down by AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants.

For more on the Warriors head over to Golden State of Mind.


Warriors Schedule 2012: Mavericks, Clippers On W's Weekend Docket

The Golden State Warriors have been having inconsistency issues throughout the season, showing up on one end of the floor only to be imperceptible on the other. Their weekend schedule won't be making it any easier either, with meetings with the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers on the schedule.

The Mavericks have only won three of their last 10 contests, making a stop in Sacramento to face the Kings the night before on Friday. Hopefully they can rough up Dirk Nowitzki and Co. for the W's to make mince meat of on Saturday at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and NBA TV.

Golden State then heads south to the Staples Center on Sunday to take on Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the rest of the Clip Show, who have lost their last two on the road. They'll face the San Antonio Spurs on Friday before taking on the Warriors, with tipoff set for 6:30 with coverage on CSN Bay Area.

Warriors Schedule

Next 5 Games

Dallas Sat 03/10 7:30 PM PST
@ Los Angeles Clippers Sun 03/11 6:30 PM PDT
@ Sacramento Tue 03/13 7:00 PM PDT
Boston Wed 03/14 7:30 PM PDT
Milwaukee Fri 03/16 7:30 PM PDT

Last 5 Games

Memphis Wed 03/07 L 92 - 110
@ Washington Mon 03/05 W 120 - 100
@ Toronto Sun 03/04 L 75 - 83
@ Philadelphia Fri 03/02 L 83 - 105
@ Atlanta Wed 02/29 W 85 - 82

For more on the Warriors, check out Golden State of Mind.


Dwight Howard Rumors: Golden State Warriors Ideal Trade Candidate

Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic is not likely to be moved. But if he does get switched around, expect it to be a team that doesn't mind if he doesn't agree to an extension. Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld has more.

The Rockets and Warriors continue to be open to landing Howard in a rental deal, hoping they could persuade the All-Star center to stay beyond the six-week finale to the season.

We've talked about this before, but if Howard is moved, the Warriors would be the ideal candidate. Golden State is stuck in perpetual limbo with the team they have--they're good enough to compete, but not good enough to win, which always puts them in that 30-35 win range that doesn't earn them a high draft pick and the chance to get a good player.

It's a decent situation. If the Warriors land Howard and convince him to stay, they can build around him and try and win with him. If they lose him to free agency, the Warriors will have no stars and can either rebuild the team or try and improve via the draft. Anything has to be better than this slow slog through mediocrity.

To discuss Howard fitting in on the Warriors, check out Golden State of Mind. To talk about Howard with Magic fans, hit up Orlando Pinstriped Post.


Josh Smith Trade Rumors: Warriors Interested If Hawks PF Wants Out

The Atlanta Hawks might be wrapping up their tumultuous relationship with their star power forward Josh Smith. Despite Smith having his best season in Atlanta and the Hawks chugging along just as strongly as ever, the explosive big man might want a change in scenery.

The Golden State Warriors would be happy to get him. Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Consitution has this report.

Smith is definitely the all-around package. He plays solid defense, he can get to the hoop, and he can hit the jump shot on a regular basis now. These are things Golden State definitely lacks right now. Plus it'd help rejuvenate life into a Warriors fanbase that hasn't had much to cheer about lately, as Smith is one of the most exciting players

The big question is do they have a package they can put together that doesn't gut their team while at the same time gets them Smith? It's going to be close. Stephen Curry or Monta Ellis would likely have to be part of the pacage.

To discuss the idea of Smith being dealt to the Warriors, head on over to Golden State of Mind. To talk about Smith wanting to be traded from the Hawks, check out Peachtree Hoops.


Warriors Vs. Grizzlies, Final Score: Grizz Dominate W's, Earn 110-92 Victory

The Golden State Warriors came home to Oralce Arena with high hopes against one of the Western Conferences best squads in the Memphis Grizzlies, but behind another head-scratching performance from Mark Jackson's squad, the W's took the loss 110-92.

The Grizz came out firing, coming out with a 21-4 lead to start the game. The W's never recovered, trailing large most of the way. Monta Ellis and Klay Thompson led the way with 16 points apiece, while Stephen Curry scored 15 points off the bench, still a bit hobbled with a foot injury. Ekpe Udoh added nine and six boards as well.

Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol each had themselves a solid double-double with Gay dropping 26 points and 12, while Gasol 17 points and 12 rebounds. and Marreese Speights added 18 points as well.

The Warriors don't play again until Saturday but it won;t get any easier as they play host to the Dallas Mavericks. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT.

For more on the Warriors, head over to Golden State of Mind.


Monta Ellis Trade Rumors: Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic Want Warriors Guard

The Orlando Magic seem to have moved beyond the original concept of moving Dwight Howard and seem to be more interested in finding talent to put around him that'll convince him to stay. Orlando wants to make a deal, but the big issue for them is finding a deal that lands them a star without gutting the rest of their team.

Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld has the latest.

That’s why the Magic will spend the next week and a half pursuing players like Steve Nash and Monta Ellis rather than weighing offers for Howard. The organization wants to bring in a second star to appease Howard, but that’s easier said than done given Orlando’s assets.

While the Magic would love to make a splashy move before March 15, the general consensus around the league is that they don’t have the trade chips to acquire a second star. The Magic have backed themselves into a corner after making poor personnel decisions and overpaying for players.

Their most attractive assets are Ryan Anderson, J.J. Redick, Jameer Nelson and Earl Clark, but those aren’t pieces that will yield a star player like Nash or Ellis in a trade. Unless they’re able to involve a third team, it’ll be difficult for them to add a significant piece prior to the deadline.

The biggest issue for making a big deal for a second star is they don't have the assets to trade away. Orlando probably has the promising Anderson, although it's hard to say how much of his emergence has to do with Howard's dominance. Redick, Nelson, or Clark are also pieces that might need to be dealt along the way, but to be frank the Magic would be giving up a lot to make a trade for a second star to pair with Monta.

To discuss Ellis with Warriors fans, go to Golden State of Mind. To talk about Ellis pairing up with Howard on the Magic, check out Orlando Pinstriped Post.


Warriors Vs. Grizzlies Preview: W's Look To End Grizz's Winning Streak

As the Golden State Warriors head back to Oracle Arena after their longest road trip of the season, the Memphis Grizzlies come to town as one of the hottest teams in the league, looking to extend their five game winning streak Wednesday evening.

Golden State (15-20) returns to Oakland after going 3-3 on their recent trip that concluded with a 120-100 victory over the Wizards. Golden State shot 54.2 percent from the field in that game, including a season-best 65.2 percent (15 of 23) from 3-point range in its highest-scoring game of 2011-12. They shot an abismal 39.6 percent during the first five games of the roadie.

The W's will have to put together a similar performance tonight if they want to take out the Grizzlies (22-15), who haven't lost to Golden State since November of 2010. Look for the matchup with Marc Gasol tonight, and how Mark Jackson will decide to defend him. Dominic McGuire could see a lot of minutes again trying to shut him down.

Tip off is set for 7:30 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area.

For more on the Warriors head over to Golden State of Mind.


NBA Free Agents 2012: Golden State Warriors Will Pursue Robin Lopez

The Golden State Warriors need a center. Almost every basketball expert agrees on that. They're too small inside and get eaten up by any team in the league with decent size and big men. They need someone to help replace the ineffective Andris Biedrins before they end up sacrificing the team they have now and be forced back into rebuilding mode.

Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports on one particular big the Warriors might end up pursuing this offseason to augment their overall strength.

The Warriors will consider signing Robin Lopez in the offseason.

With Ekpe Udoh emerging and David Lee proving he can be quite an offensive force, getting a defensive-minded center like Lopez could be a critical cog in solidifying a solid big man rotation for the Warriors. Will the Suns be able to match for him if Golden State tries to offer a big deal?

To discuss Lopez with Suns fans, head on over to Bright Side of the Sun. To talk about Lopez on the Warriors, hit up Golden State of Mind.


Warriors Recall Jeremy Tyler From D-League

As reported by CSN Bay Area's Matt Steinmetz, the Golden State Warriors have recalled rookie big man Jeremy Tyler from the Dakota Wizards of the NBA D-League, looking for some answers to the team's lack of size and physicality.

Tyler played five games with the Wizards, averaging 15.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 29 minutes per contest. He's seen time in 14 games for the Warriors, averaging just 4.6 minutes before being assigned to the D-League back on Feb. 27.

With Stephen Curry still not fully ready to compete, the W's had been using both Dominic McQuire and Andris Biedrins on the floor at the same time, essentially removing two offensive options from the floor for Golden State. Biedrins remains almost invisible on the floor, grabbing three rebounds, scoring no points and running up a -14 +/- in ten minutes of game time in the team's 120-100 victory on Monday.

Tyler will hopefully get some extra playing time, and keep Mark Jackson scratching his head as to what to do which the near feckless Biedrins.

For more on the Warriors, head over to Golden State of Mind.


Monta Ellis Trade Rumors: Joe Johnson Deal From Hawks To Warriors Unappealing

Monta Ellis of the Golden State Warriors has been mentioned in trade rumors throughout his time in the Bay Area, and this deadline doesn't seem to be any different. Ellis is still a borderline All-Star who probably would be an excellent second option for a team looking to become a championship contender, and there'll always be high demand to land him.

It seems other teams have the same idea. Unfortunately for them, the offers they're handing out don't seem to be interesting the Warriors. One such offer seems to be coming the way of the Atlanta Hawks, but it appears making a deal for Joe Johnson doesn't appeal to Warriors management.

Rusty Simmons of San Francisco Chronicle has this report.

The Warriors think they could get Joe Johnson but feel he's a more expensive and possibly inferior player to Monta Ellis. They'd like Josh Smith, but they haven't found the Hawks willing to part with the forward.

It does seem like gambling on Johnson doesn't make much sense at this juncture, particularly when he hasn't done too much with a team when he's been one of their best players. Smith is the better all-around talent, but with Atlanta committing to the explosive power forward, it looks as if they're going to have to gut their team to try and get them, so it's best to move on and look for more favorable deals.

To discuss Ellis and the Warriors, check out Golden State of Mind. To talk about Johnson and the Hawks, go to Peachtree Hoops.


Warriors Vs. Wizards: W's Offense Awakens, End Road Trip With 120-100 Victory

The Golden State Warriors were desperate for a win to salvage some semblance of a successful road trip out east, taking on the Washington Wizards Monday evening at the Verizon Center. And behind a balanced attack on offense the W's came out victorious by the score of 120-100.

In a gamer the W's never trailed, Monta Ellis led the way with 25 points and eight assists, while rookie Klay Thompson added 18 in one of his best outings as a pro. David Lee had 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Ekpe Udoh exploded for 17 points. Six Warriors that finished the game with double-digit point totals. Stephen Curry say some action tonight as well, scoring 12 in only 9 minutes on the floor.

Tonight was also Golden State's highest-scoring output since beating the Raptors 138-100 last march, a far cry from their poor offensive performances of their past few games.

Nick Young led the Wiz with 25 points tonight, scoring 15 in the fourth quarter, while John Wall dropped 20 points and 14 assists for Washington, who have now lost seven of their last eight games.

The Warriors ended their six-game road trip with a 3-3 record, and now head back to Oracle to host the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

For more on the Warriors, head over to Golden State of Mind.


Warriors Vs. Raptors: Monta Ellis, David Can't Do It All, W's Fall Again 83-75

For all the talk of the defensive mindset brought to the Golden State Warriors from head coach Mark Jackson, their offense couldn't be playing any worse at the moment, falling to the Toronto Raptor by the score of 83-75 Sunday evening at the Air Canada Centre, the W's lowest point total of the season.

Golden State's road woes continue after shooting only 36 percent from the field, lead by David Lee's 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Monta Ellis' 20 and seven assists. Aside from that, it was very ugly, Ekpe Udoh, Brandon Rush and Nate Robinson each scoring seven apiece, but shooting a combined 7-26 from the floor.

DeMar DeRozan led the way for Toronto with 25 points, while Leandro Barbosa sparked the bench with 18 points including 3-5 from downtown.

The Warriors now limp themselves to the District of Colombia on Monday to take on the Wizards at the Verizon Center, looking to avoid their third loss in the last four games.

For more on the Warriors, head over to Golden State of Mind.


Warriors Vs. Raptors Preview: Monta Ellis, David Lee Looking For Much Needed Victory

The Toronto Raptors are usually a team the Golden State Warriors enjoy playing, but after their last two showings on the hardwood, The W's just need to get back in the groove.

The Warriors have been in a serious funk the last few outings, who averaged 104.3 points in winning two of three games prior to the All-Star break, but only 82.0 points on 38.4 percent shooting in two of their last three since the break.

Against Philadelphia on Friday, Golden State trailed by only three at halftime. But thanks to a 36 point second half , they took the embarrassing 105-83 loss. And with te team likely without Stephen Curry again, who has a 30.3 average against Toronto in four carrer meetings, Mark Jackson will have to look somewhere else to get his offense this evening.

Monta Ellis and David Lee really need to take control of the game early, setting the tone for the rest of the team, especially on offense. Toronto only averages 89.6 points per game this season, so even the W's have a shot at keeping up tonight. The Raptors are rather staunch on defense though, allowing 94.1 points per game.

Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area.

For more on the Warriors, head over to Golden State of Mind.


Warriors Vs. 76ers: W's Fall Hard In Philly 105-83

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Lou Williams scored 25 points in Philadelphia's 105-83 win over the Warriors, on a night the Sixers paid tribute to arguably the single-greatest performance in American sports history.

Friday marked 50 years to the day in Hershey, PA, Hall of Fame center Wilt Chamberlain, who starred at Overbrook High School in Philly, etched his name in the record books with 100 points to lead his Philadelphia Warriors over the New York Knicks.

"It was good to see the ball go in the basket, I'll tell you that. In memory of Wilt we got 105 tonight, so that was good," Sixers coach Doug Collins said.

Elton Brand had 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Andre Iguodala contributed 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Sixers, who bounced back from a 92-88 home loss to the Thunder on Wednesday. Thaddeus Young ended with 16 points, three more than teammate Jrue Holiday, as the Sixers snapped a four- game skid at home.

"The big key was the second half," Collins said. "Elton Brand had a brilliant third quarter. We gave them two offensive rebounds in the second half, turned it over twice. That's what turned the game for us. It was a great win for us."

David Lee scored 24 to go with 15 rebounds for Golden State, which played without guard Stephen Curry. He sat out due to a strained tendon in his right foot.

Monta Ellis ended with 20 points and seven assists for the Warriors, who were beaten by the Sixers by a combined 50 points in the two meetings this season.

Brand had eight points and as many rebounds in the third quarter, when the Sixers started to take control. The hosts went into the period holding a 50-47 edge, but nine straight points early in the third moved the Sixers to a 63-51 lead. Lavoy Allen's hook shot ended the spurt, which got started with an Iguodala three-pointer.

The margin stood at 75-65 going to the fourth, and the double-digit remained the rest of the way. The Atlantic Division-leading Sixers led by as many as 24 down the stretch.

"They got whatever they wanted. We didn't come out of the locker room with the right mind set," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "They jumped on us and took total control of the basketball game."

Ellis had 12 first-quarter points, but Golden State trailed 25-23 after 12 minutes.

Game Notes

Golden State has lost four in a row in Philadelphia...The Warriors shot 40.2 percent and were outrebounded, 51-39...Before Friday, the Sixers hadn't scored 100 points in the previous 19 games -- the longest streak below the century mark since a 25-game drought from Nov. 15, 2003-Jan. 5, 2004. Their last time reaching the century mark was a 103-83 win over Washington on Jan. 23.

For more on the Warriors, Golden State of Mind.


Warriors Vs. 76ers: Stephen Curry Out Again, W's Tweaking With Lineup

The Golden State Warriors are running out of season if they want to make the playoffs this season, and with guard Stephen Curry sitting out once again with his foot injury, head coach Mark Jackson is going to try some tweaking in his lineup heading into their meeting with the Philadelphia 76ers Friday evening.

Per Rusty Simmons on Twitter:

McQuire earned his playing time after having a terrific showing against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, being the W's best defender while pulling 15 boards in their 85-82 victory. This defensive-minded squad will take on a 76ers team that hasn't scored 100 points in 19 straight games, but have only allowed it twice in that same span.

Philly is currently giving up a league low 87.1 points a game, and even though it's the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game, you're likely not going to see triple digits from either team in the city of Brotherly Love tonight.

All fans in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center Friday night will get a piece of the floor from that epic game back in 1962, commemorating Chamberlain's amazing feat.

Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area.

For more on the Warriors head over to Golden State of Mind.


Monta Ellis Trade Rumors: Dwight Howard Needed For Warriors-Magic Trade To Work

The Orlando Magic and the Golden State Warriors could be making deals with each other. But if certain pieces aren't involved, the negotiations could fall apart.

The Magic covet a scoring star like Monta Ellis to take the burden off of Dwight Howard offensively, and have put together a series of offers to try and make the deal work. But unfortunately, if the Warriors plan on trading their star away, they want a star in return, and only Howard is available. And a Howard-Ellis trade is pretty lopsided to just about everyone.

Chris Broussard of ESPN the Magazine filed this report.

The Orlando Magic have reached out to the Golden State Warriors about trading for Monta Ellis, according to league sources.

No deal is imminent, but Orlando is trying to add Ellis to its roster in hopes of appeasing Dwight Howard. Rather than aggressively pursuing a trade of Howard before the March 15 deadline, the Magic are desperately seeking a move that will convince Howard he can stay in Orlando.

Howard has long mentioned Ellis, who is the seventh leading scorer in the league with a 22.2 points average, as someone he would love to play with.

The Warriors do want Howard and are willing to risk him not signing a contract extension to get him, but trading Ellis away to get him would also have its demerits, namely that Howard would be even less likely to stick around Golden State to land the Magic superstar. Until more pieces are added to the puzzle, don't expect this trade rumor to fly any further.

If a trade like this happens, either one team is going to be unbelievably unhappy with the results, or both teams will be relatively unhappy. Who knows what will happen.

To discuss a trade involving Howard and Ellis, go to Orlando Pinstriped Post to talk with Magic fans, or check out Golden State of Mind to talk about things further with Warriors fans.


Dominic McQuire Exemplifies Mark Jackson's Defensive Mindset

The Golden State Warriors needed to show some grit after being handled by the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, so when Dominic McQuire got the start in place of Stephen Curry, it was obvious Mark Jackson was trying to make statement with his selection:

“Dominic McGuire embodies everything we’ve preached about from Day 1,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “I thought it was important to make a statement and start the guy who has done everything we’ve asked him to do. I knew exactly what I was going to get from him. Great defense, going after every rebound, and chasing down all the loose balls.”

Jackson was absolutely right, getting a zero point, 15 rebound performance from McQuire while playing a key role in locking down seemingly every Atlanta player on the court. His energy and toughness were exactly what the doctor ordered, getting his team a win and making some history as well.

McGuire became only the second Warrior to grab 15 boards and go without a point in the same game. The other was Clyde Lee who had games of zero points and 20 rebounds on March 2, 1974 and zero points and 16 rebounds on Dec. 26, 1972.

As for McQuire himself, he’s more than confident in what he brings to the table:

“If I’m out there long enough, I’m going to get rebounds,” McGuire said. “That’s guaranteed.”

Hopefully we’ll be seeing more performances like this from Dominic. Though a point or two wouldn’t hurt.

For more on the Warriors, head over to Golden State of Mind.


Rajon Rondo Trade Rumors: Celtics Interested In Stephen Curry

For whatever reason, Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is being shopped around. He's probably the most tradeable asset out there outside of Paul Pierce. And it seems the Golden State Warriors are interested, although it's not clear either team is entirely enthusiastic about dealing. got this report from Chris Broussard's latest article (which you can read by clicking here if you have an ESPN Insider account).

In December, the Celtics had discussions with Golden State about a Stephen Curry-for-Rondo deal, and one source says it was Golden State that decided against pulling the trigger. But Curry's recent ankle injuries, which have caused him several problems in his short career, have given the Celtics pause. The potential trade is still being discussed by Boston's braintrust, but they aren't sure they want to go forward with it. It also isn't clear whether the Warriors would be willing to do it. Other players would have to be thrown in to make it work financially.

It's hard to see both sides being super enthusiastic about this deal. Curry is a solid enough point, but he's a clear step down from Rondo in terms of ball-handling, defense and understanding how to work with the veterans of the Cetlics. Rondo would be an upgrade for Golden State for defense at the point guard position and might be a perfect combination with Ekpe Udoh in defending pick and roll offense, but it's not clear how easily he'll acclimate into a new offense if given the opportunity.

To discuss the thought of a trade involving Rondo and Curry with Warriors fans, go to Golden State of Mind; to talk about a potential trade between Rondo and Curry with Celtics fans, check out Celtics Blog.


Monta Ellis Trade Rumors: Orlando Magic Reach Out To Warriors, According to Report

According to a report from ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Orlando Magic have reached out to the Golden State Warriors in an attempt to make a deal for guard Monta Ellis.

Broussard's sources tell him that no deal is imminent but the Magic would like Ellis on their team as a possible selling point to keep Dwight Howard from leaving instead of making a deal for their All-Star big man before the March 15 deadline.

The Warriors are willing to listen, but have little interest in the talent that the Magic currently hold (save for Howard, of course) according to sources. Orlando is holding out hope for another team getting involved, possibly the New Jersey Nets, though they have said they have no interest in a three team deal with Ellis. Another team may come out of the woodwork.

Ellis is currently the seventhly leading scorer in the league, averaging 22.2 points a game.

For more news and notes on the Warriors, make sure you head over to Golden State of Mind.


Warriors Vs. Hawks: Monta Ellis, David Lee Lead Warriors to 85-82 Victory

Coming off their worst loss of the season Tuesday night in Indiana, the Golden State Warriors were looking to bounce back and end their current losing streak against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. And after battling down to the final seconds, the W's came out on top by the score of 85-82 at Phillips Arena.

After working out to a ten point halftime lead, the Hawks pushed back hard in the second half, erasing the lead quickly and keeping it close the rest of the way. But in the end the W's proved too much, led by Monta Ellis and David Lee.

Ellis finished with 24 points and eight assists, while Lee had another double-double, finishing with 22 and 12 boards. Ekpe Udoh and Nate Robinson were huge off the bench, finishing with 10 and 12 points respectfully, while Udoh added eight rebounds and three blocks.

All of the Hawks starters finished with double figures, led by Joe Johnson's 18 despite being obviously still hobbled in his first game back from knee injury. Josh Smith finished with 14 and 10 boards, while Marvin Williams and Zaza Paculia each had themselves double-doubles as well. Atlanta shot only 32.6 percent from the floor in the first half, finishing around the same mark at 33.7.

As a whole both teams shot 5-30 from downtown, with the W's accounting for only one of them.

It wasn't the prettiest game, but a win is a win. Now the Warriors turn their focus to the 76ers in Philadelphia on Friday.

For more on the Warriors, please check out Golden State of Mind.


Warriors Vs. Hawks: W's Come Out Angry, Take 48-38 Halftime Lead

Apparently all it took was the worst game of the season for the Golden State Warriors to have a fire light under their rear ends.

Golden State used a complete team effort in the first half at the Phillips Arena Wednesday evening, holding the Atlanta Hawks to a meager 32.6 percent shooting in the first half, taking a 48-38 advantage into the locker room at the half.

David Lee leads the way so far with 12 points and 7 rebounds, but everyone has been getting themselves some, with Monta Ellis scoring nine and seven assists, Ekpe Udoh eight and five boards, Nate Robinson and Klay Thompson each have six off the bench, while Dorrel Wright added five and a block. They remain ice cold from three-point land however, continuing their poor showing from last night with a 1-7 clip in the first half.

The W's are really hustling, out rebounding Atlanta 33-18. But they still had too many turnovers, committing eight in the first half. Aside from that, the Warriors have been pretty spot on thus far.

Jeff Teague and Marvin Williams each have eight points for the Hawks, while Joe Johnson and Zaza Pachulia each have six. They're also shooting 2-12 from downtown, which isn't helping their cause much either.

Hopefully Golden State can keep their foot on the gas in the second half to secure a much needed victory.

For more on the Warriors head over to Golden State of Mind.


Monta Ellis Trade Rumors: Brook Lopez Deal For Warriors Guard Not Happening

Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis has been shopped around, but it's not likely that he'll end up being dealt. He's too valuable to the current team to be moved for any regular packages. Golden State must get equal value of some sort, or at least get someone who really fills in a need for the team.

A big man is quite possible. New Jersey Nets big man Brook Lopez is one of the guys under consideration. Lopez would give the Warriors a solid post man who would provide quality depth inside along with current forward David Lee. But it's not looking like that trade will be available to them.

It might be in the best interest of the Warriors to not make the deal anyway. Lopez is a solid post player, but he's not a great rebounder for a big, and it doesn't really solve any issues that Golden State has (and in fact could make the team worse). Perhaps Lopez also wants to be kept around to help make the Nets a more attractive destination for Dwight Howard when he becomes a free agent this offseason.

To talk about the possibility of Ellis being traded with Warriors fans, go to Golden State of Mind. To discuss sticking with Lopez on the Nets, go to Nets Daily.


Stephen Curry Injury Sidelines Him For Warriors Vs. Hawks

The Golden State Warriors got off to the wrong start to their East Coast road trip. The Warriors learned just before tipoff that they wouldn't have point guard Stephen Curry available to them, and they had to throw out Charles Jenkins as their main point guard. Golden State managed to stick around with Indiana for a quarter before showing how much they missed Curry in their rotation, falling behind by 30+ points before losing by 24.

Unfortunately for Golden State, Curry appears to be out again tonight on the second of a back-to-back against the Atlanta Hawks.

Can the Warriors make do without him? Fortunately the Hawks are without Joe Johnson, so it might cancel out overall, but it's probably more damaging for Golden State to be without their leading point guard.

To discuss the Curry injury with Warriors fans, go to Golden State of Mind. Talk more about the Curry injury with Hawks fans, go to Peachtree Hoops.


Warriors Vs. Hawks: Monta Ellis & Co. Look To Bounce Back In Atlanta

The Golden State Warriors have been dealing with injuries to Stephen Curry for a large part of the season thus far, while the Atlanta Hawks have recently been without one of their main cog's in Joe Johnson. But with Johnson and Curry possibly returning to their respective lineups this Wednesday, each squad could have a boost come game time tonight.

The Hawks have owned the Warriors as of late, winners of eight of the last 11 meetings between the two. Golden State took their last meeting in February 2011 by the score of 95-79 in Atlanta where the Hawks scored the least amount of points all season at Phillips Arena. The Hawks have been holding court at home this season, sporting a 10-5 record there, so the W's will have their hands full as they look to break another three game losing streak.

Monta Ellis will likely have to do better than the 14 points he put up last night, as will the offense in general who shot a season low 34% from the field and 3-22 combined form downtown. I'd say a balanced production from the starters and the bench will be needed to get it done tonight, in need of a total team effort to get themselves a win.

Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area.

For more on the Warriors head over to Golden State of Mind.


Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Golden State Warriors Will Deal Even Without Guaranteed Extension

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard continues to be circulated around in plenty of trade rumors because Superman is going to be a free agent this summer. Howard isn't likely to return to Orlando, so the Magic probably want to trade him for whatever pieces they can find.

Problem is, Howard isn't guaranteeing he'll stick around to the team he's traded. Howard has not figured on agreeing to an extension to many of the teams the Magic are talking to, which lessens the interest of other teams to get him now when they can just wait until the summer and not give up anyone.

Only one team seems willing to play with fire: The Golden State Warriors. Scott Howard Cooper of tweets the following.

The Warriors would have to give up a lot to land Howard. Monta Ellis or Stephen Curry probably have to go, along with Klay Thompson, draft picks, one of their big men, and possibly more would just be enough to match up contract values right. And it doesn't really leave Golden State with much flexibility to get big free agents this summer. They must really be that confident they can convince Howard to stay this summer.

Eric Freeman of Yahoo Sports does point out that it wouldn't be the worst thing to rent Howard, which is what is likely to happen if he ends up in Golden State.

Oddly enough, a gutted Warriors team built around Steph Curry or Monta Ellis and few others wouldn't be the worst situation for the club moving forward. In the modern NBA, being terrible is much better than being mediocre because it helps a team get a high draft pick that they can then use to select a potential game-changing star. For the better part of two decades, the Warriors have been locked in a perpetual middle ground between the high lottery and the playoffs, one where they collect middling draft picks that yield role players who can't wrench them from their place in the middle of the league. Being awful for a year or two would help them reload in a way that could actually build towards something other than irrelevance. By taking a few steps back and accepting short-term failure, the Warriors could finally move forward.

To discuss the Dwight Howard rumors with Magic fans, head on over to Orlando Pinstriped Post. To talk about the possibility of Howard being dealt to the Warriors, check out Golden State of Mind.


Warriors Vs. Pacers, NBA Scores: Danny Granger & Co. Blowout W's 102-78

The last thing the Golden State Warriors needed to start their second half of the season was the night the had at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Tuesday evening, getting handed their worst loss of the season by the Indiana Pacers by the score of 102-78.

Danny Granger led all scorers 25 points, as all of Indiana's starters finished with double-digit points. Tyler Hansbrough scored 15 points while Roy Hibbert added 12 points and nine boards for the Pacers. Darren Collison and Paul George each added 11.

As for the Warriors, Monta Ellis and Brandon Rush scored 14 points apiece as Golden State turned in season lows in points and field-goal percentage, shooting at an abismal 34 percent clip. David Lee added 12 and six boards, while Chris Wright and Klay Thompson each scored nine. Wright had an impressive four blocks as well. Golden State was without Stephen Curry tonight as well, who sat out with the foot injury suffered right before the All-Star break. His status is uncertain for tomorrow's matchup with the Hawks down in Atlanta.

The Warriors also made only one of their first 17 three-point attempts on the night, finishing the night 3-22 from downtown.

For more on the Warriors, head over to Golden State of Mind.


Stephen Curry Injury: Warriors Guard Out Vs. Pacers

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has always had foot issues. Those issues resurfaced again and will keep him out of action against the Indiana Pacers.

Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle files this report

Curry, who sprained the deltoid ligament in his right foot Wednesday, stretched with the team at IUPUI, but he was pulled from practice when the pace of the drills intensified. He did some light shooting afterward.

"He's the type of kid who will say, 'I'm OK. I'm OK. I'm ready to play,' " head coach Mark Jackson said. "We're going to make sure that there's no further damage. We're going to wait until he's 100 percent."

Curry is currently day-to-day. The Warriors are in the midst of a five game road trip to the East Coast which will force them to play a brutal five games in seven nights. After tonight's game with the Pacers, the Warriors must play at Atlanta tomorrow, at Philadelphia on Friday, at Toronto on Sunday and at Washington on Monday. Golden State could use Curry back in the lineup as soon as possible, as the Warriors need depth to be able to retain a respectable showing on this trip.

Golden State is only three games back in the Western Conference playoff standings, so every win is crucial. Getting Curry back will be a paramount concern, although Mark Jackson seems to believe Curry might have to rest more than play.

To discuss the Curry injury with Warriors fans, head on over to Golden State of Mind.


Warriors Vs. Pacers Preview: W's Head To Indy, Likely Without Stephen Curry

The Golden State Warriors come out of the All-Star break looking to make good on their preseason goal of making the playoffs, while the Indiana Pacers are looking to make some team history, looking to win their fifth straight game for the first time in the last two years as the W's enter Banker's Life Fieldhouse Tuesday evening.

This will be a very trying time for Golden State who begin a stretch of five road games in a row on Tuesday, in need of making a serious push if they want to get into the playoff discussion. The Trailblazers, the current eighth seed, are one game two games above .500 at the moment, while the W's are four games below it. Somewhere along the line this team is going to have to put a decent stretch together.

Stephen Curry was kept out of practice with his injured foot Monday and is still unknown if he'll be suiting up against the Pacers, but it isn't looking likely. Monta Ellis has been hot lately, and dropped 25 on them last month when the visted Oracle. I'd look for him to have a big game tonight.

As for the Pacers, their duo of Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert will be a tough task for the Warriors defense, especially Hibbert, who will be a handful in the paint this evening.

Tipoff is set for 4:00 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area.

For more on the Warriors, please check out Golden State of Mind.


Stephen Curry Injury: Warriors Guard To Miss All-Star Skills Challenge

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry won't be defending his title at the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

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