Dirk leads Mavs over Lee, Warriors


Dirk leads Mavs over Lee, Warriors

Mavericks 112, Warriors 103Player of the game: Dirk Nowitzki scored a team-high 27 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a victory over the Warriors at Oracle. Nowitzki went 10-for-23 from the floor, but made the big shots to stave off a Warriors rally in the fourth quarter.If you want to nit-pick Nowitzkis game, consider this: He had only one rebound.Halftime I was disappointed in our effort, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. It was our seventh game in 12 days. Physically I can understand we were drained but thats no excuse. For some reason we were a step behind on every play defensively.Thompsons night: Warriors rookie shooting guard Klay Thompson finished with 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. The assists and rebounds were career-highs.It was impressive, him crashing the boards, Jackson said. His size and athletic ability I thought he started out battling but his feet were in quicksand. But he bounced back and had a great all-around game.Key stretch: The Warriors, who had trailed by as many as 19 points, made a big-time second half run and pulled within 89-86 with nine minutes remaining.But Dallas promptly went on a 10-2 run to re-establish control, and wound up winning going away.Turnover issues: Sixteen turnovers may not seem like a lot and in the grand scheme of things might not be but it was too many on this night.It wasnt just the turnovers, its what they subsequently led to Dallas buckets. The Mavericks turned those miscues into 24 points for the game.Forward David Lee had five of those turnovers, continuing a recent trend of a touch of carelessness. Lee has 33 turnovers in his past eight games.Lee did lead the Warriors with 30 points and eight rebounds.Everybody is in: The Mavericks led the Warriors 63-49 at halftime and it was difficult to find a Dallas player who wasnt in on it. Ten Mavericks scored in the first half, and they were led by Dirk Nowtizki with 13 points.Rodrigue Beaubois added 11 first-half points.Wright on: Former Warrior Brandan Wright has a nice role with the Mavericks and he showed it off at Oracle.Wright entered Thursdays game averaging 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game. Wright played more minutes than that against the Warriors, and it was easy to see why.Wright played 14 first-half minutes and had 12 points and six rebounds in that time.Wright finished with 16 points and nine rebounds in 33 minutes.Bollywood night: The Warriors held their second annual Bollywood night on Thursday, a celebration of Indian culture and tradition. Warriors vice chairman Vivek Ranadive was responsible for putting evening together.Ranadive is the only Indian owner of an NBA team.

Gameday: Curry out for payback against Conley, new-look Grizzlies


Gameday: Curry out for payback against Conley, new-look Grizzlies

When the Warriors set foot in FedEx Forum on Saturday, they’ll find a very different atmosphere as well as a barely recognizable team of Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grindhouse is not the same. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter have left the building. So, too, has the “Grindfather” himself, Tony Allen.

So in their only trip to Memphis this season, the Warriors will focus mostly on point guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol, the remaining core members of the team that reached the playoffs in each of the last seven seasons.

The Warriors (1-1) will be playing for the second night in a row, while the Grizzlies (1-0) have not played since their season opener Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

Warriors by 8.5

Stephen Curry vs. Mike Conley: Curry has a long memory, and he will remember not only that the Warriors last season lost twice to the Grizzlies but also that Conley’s 27 points and clutch play offset Curry’s 40 points and led Memphis to an overtime win in Oakland. It won’t matter to Curry that the Warriors posted double-digit wins over the Grizzlies in the last two meetings last season. He may want to take over.

Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle sprain) has been ruled out.

Grizzlies: F JaMychal Green (L ankle sprain), G Ben McLemore (R foot surgery) and G/F Wayne Selden Jr. (R quad injury) are listed as out.

The Warriors have won five of the last seven in Memphis and 10 of the last 13 meetings overall.

BREEZE OR WHEEZE: Coach Steve Kerr has expressed some concern about the team’s conditioning level. On the second night of their first back-to-back set -- with the Warriors arriving at the hotel at 2:30 a.m. -- it could provide a glimpse of their progress. Kerr said he would consider resting one or two players. Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, both coming off injuries, would seem logical candidates.

GEORGIA VS. SPAIN: The Republic of Georgia’s Zaza Pachulia and Spain’s Marc Gasol know each other well, having spent years battling internationally and in the NBA. There will be no surprises, but Pachulia will have to avoid foul trouble to remain a part of his team’s defensive rotation against one of the league’s best big men.

HOT KLAY: Klay Thompson is off to a torrid start, shooting 11-of-18 from beyond the arc through the first two games. And now he won’t have to worry about Allen, who relished in opportunities to defend the Warriors All-Star. Memphis replaced Allen with Andrew Harrison, who is not in the Grindfather’s class as a defender.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts


Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

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Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller