Curry leads Warriors to 99-91 win over Bulls


Curry leads Warriors to 99-91 win over Bulls


Player of the game: Stephen Curry was a model of efficiency against the Bulls, scoring 21 points on just 12 field goal attempts. Curry finished with 10 assists and seven rebounds, but left the game midway through the fourth quarter after tweaking his right ankle for the second time in three games.He is listed as day-to-day.I thought he was great, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of Curry. I thought he did an outstanding job responding to the critics the critics who were 100 percent right to critique him in the first place. Great players bounce back and he certainly did that.

Curry went just 2-for-12 from the floor and committed five turnovers in the Warriors season-opening loss to the Clippers on Sunday night.Key stretch: The Warriors established control midway through the first quarter, turning a 16-16 tie into a 46-27 advantage. The Warriors did it at the defensive end, controlling Derrick Rose and turning Chicago over numerous times.The Warriors made that lead hold up for the entire game, and it provided them a buffer when the Bulls made a run in the fourth quarter.No. 1 for Jackson: It was career victory No. 1 for Mark Jackson on Monday night.I talked to the guys afterwards, Jackson said. It means something because I dreamed of this moment. I told the guys though that I didnt see the fellows in uniform. But I thank God it was them. Because of their commitment, their focus, their dedication. Im proud of that group. This win is theirs.
Defensive improvement: After allowing 64 second-half points to the Clippers on Sunday, the Warriors had a stellar defensive first half against the Bulls and not a bad second half, either.Golden State forced the Bulls into 14 first-half turnovers, leading to 16 points, and it all went toward helping the Warriors lead 57-41 at the half.RELATED: CSNChicago.com -- Turnovers crush Bulls in Oakland
The Bulls shot a respectable percentage through 24 minutes 46.2 percent but they simply gave away too many possessions. Rose struggles: For the second year in a row, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose had a subpar game at Oracle. Last season, Rose had just 14 points on 6-for-15 shooting and nine turnovers as the Warriors beat the Bulls 101-90.On Monday, Rose had just 13 points on 4-for-17 from the field.Ellis bounce-back: After suffering through a 6-for-19 shooting night against the Clippers on Sunday, Monta Ellis turned things around immediately against Chicago. Ellis almost singlehandedly got the Warriors off to a nice start, scoring 13 points in the first quarter as Golden State took a 30-22 lead.Ellis finished with a game-high 26 points on 10-of-17 from the field, and when Curry left the game midway through the fourth because of an ankle tweak, Ellis carried most of the offensive load.Tight beginning: The game was very close for more than half of the first quarter. In fact the game was tied at 2-2, 4-4, 6-6, 8-8, 10-10, 12-12, 14-14 and 16-16 before Warriors ripped off six straight to go up 22-16.

Draymond defends Bell's garbage time alley-oop off backboard to himself

Draymond defends Bell's garbage time alley-oop off backboard to himself

With just under three minutes to go and the Warriors leading by 25 points, Steve Kerr put the end of the bench into the game.

Somehow, with the game in control, rookie Jordan Bell found a way to produce the highlight of the night.

After Bell got a piece of Dwight Powell's shot, JaVale McGee batted the ball ahead. With no one in front of him, the rookie tossed the ball off the backboard and threw down a dunk. The sequence left his Warriors teammates flabergasted. But Bell may have broken an unwritten rule about showboating in a blowout game.

After the game, Draymond Green was not having it with possible criticism of Bell.

"Listen man, when you get on the basketball floor, I don't care if you get out there with two minutes to go up 25 or with two minutes to go down 25, somebody is evaluating you. So you gotta play the game just like it's tied up or if you're up four or if you're down four. You gotta play the game the same way. Somebody is evaluating you. So if you want to throw it off the backboard, feel free and dunk the ball. He got an And One. It was a great play. So, I got no message for him. Do what you do. Play basketball. That's what he did. I don't get all up into the whole 'Ah man, they're winning by this much, that's bad.' Says who? Dunk the ball. What's the difference between if he threw it off the backboard and dunked it as opposed to grabbing it and dunking it? It's a dunk," Green told reporters in Dallas after the Warriors' 133-130 win.

Green was then asked what he thought of the play, regardless of game situation.

"Great play. Great play. Amazing. Did you see it? It was dope. He got an And One too. He missed the free throw though. We gotta talk about that. That's my message for him. Make the free throw," Green said.

Kerr reportedly apologized to Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle after the game. Green commented on that.

"Steve's the coach. I'm not. That's not my problem," Green said.

Draymond wasn't the only member of the Green family defending Bell. His mom, Mary Babers-Green was on Twitter defending the rookie.


Why Steph Curry can never, ever chuck his mouthpiece again

Why Steph Curry can never, ever chuck his mouthpiece again

Stephen Curry knows he asked for this one. Begged for it. Wanted it so bad he not only ripped his mouthpiece out of his face but also wound up and fired it in the direction of a game official.

He has to be, and likely is, pleased that the NBA wanted nothing more than a $50,000 bite out of his newly fortified paycheck.

“It was a dumb thing to do. Stupid,” he said after shootaround Monday morning. “Learn from it and try to move on and be better.”

It was not nearly enough for the league that Curry apologized immediately after the mouthpiece-tossing incident that got him tossed in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 111-101 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday. Apologies don’t carry much weight in these matters and they are entirely weightless when it’s a second offense.

And that’s what this was, as you may recall Curry flinging his mouthpiece late in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He was tossed from that game, too.

Of more importance, and what Curry has to take away from this is that he can’t afford another offense. Ever. Though he surely can afford it monetarily, it would rob the Warriors of their offensive catalyst.

Throwing a mouthpiece once is a forgivable mistake. Doing it twice is a relapse that some may forgive while others definitely will not. Doing it three or more times falls into the selfish category, even if selfishness is not a characteristic fairly applied to the two-time MVP.

It’s conceivable that no one in the NBA gets pushed and grabbed and knocked around as much, without a whistle, as does Curry. Part of this is on him, for not being better at selling calls. Part of it is on officials who typically use a different standard for him than those usually set for MVP-caliber players.

Through it all, and it has gone on for years, Curry rarely says a peep. He plays on, simmering, but staying on task.

“I think people on the outside automatically think that these guys can control everything and be robots and score 35 and be perfectly composed,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Monday morning. “But they’re all human beings, just like the rest of us. There’s going to be times where you lose your mind. There’s going to be times where you get angry and times where you’re in perfect mental and you’re playing at a high level and everything is under control.

But nobody can keep that level 100 percent of the time.”

Curry’s actions Saturday in Memphis were only partly the result of the officiating. The Warriors were losing, again. Curry was committing silly fouls, again. It was a buildup of unfavorable events and he lost it.

“We were playing terrible,” Curry said Monday morning. “I was frustrated because I was fouling. I thought I got fouled on the last play. The reaction was definitely a little over the top.

“Stuff happens. I’m going to try to continue to be myself and show some fire, but do it in a way that doesn’t take away from the team and misrepresent who I am.”

Curry said Monday that he didn’t bother to review his actions because he knew how unbecoming they were. He also expressed regret about lashing out. There was no need to brace for the fine he knew was coming.

Next time, though it won’t be a fine that will take a fraction of his check. Next time, it’ll be a suspension that will take away a piece of the Warriors.