Instant Replay: Curry's 3-point streak ends, Lakers shock Warriors

Instant Replay: Curry's 3-point streak ends, Lakers shock Warriors


LOS ANGELES – At least once in each of the past three years, while rising to elite status, the Warriors have confronted the reeling Lakers and been slapped into reality.

It happened again Friday night, as the Warriors fell behind from the start and never caught up, taking a 117-97 beating at Staples Center.

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 27 points, but did not get much offensive help. Draymond Green had 16 points, Stephen Curry 13 and Klay Thompson 10 as the Warriors saw their four-game win streak snapped.

Lakers coach Luke Walton, who spent two seasons as a Warriors assistant – and 43 games as interim head coach last season – won his first head-to-head matchup with the man who brought him into NBA coaching: Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

Walton’s team was better in every phase, as the Lakers (3-3) played composed basketball while the Warriors (4-2) shot multiple air balls, missed numerous defensive assignments, bounced balls off their feet out of bounds, and even slapped a ball through the net at the LA end of the court.

So bad was it that Curry failed to make a 3-pointer for the first time in 157 regular-season games. He was 0-of-10 from deep.


On a night when nobody in a Warriors jersey served with real distinction, Durant provided some offensive spark and Green did mostly solid work at both ends.

Durant’s line: 27 points (10-of-16 from the field, 2-of-4 beyond the arc), five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He played 35 minutes and was minus-17.

Green’s line: 16 points (6-10, 0-3), nine rebounds, four assists and four steals. He played 34 minutes and finished minus-10.


When the Warriors rallied within seven (89-82) with 47.2 seconds left in the third quarter, the Lakers came back with a 14-5 run spanning the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth to go up 103-87 with 6:57 left.

The Warriors only faded from there.


Warriors: G Pat McCaw (L ankle sprain) is listed as doubtful and declared out prior to tipoff. C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery recovery) was listed as out.

Lakers: C Timofey Mozgov (L eye soft tissue contusion) was listed as doubtful and declared available prior to tipoff.


The Warriors return to action Monday night, when they face the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena.

Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut


Casspi defends his spot on Warriors, explains why he's not worried about being cut

OAKLAND -- Like much of the NBA and everyone with an interest in the Warriors, Omri Casspi has watched the emergence of Quinn Cook, who came out of the G-League and is making a strong bid to make the postseason roster.

Casspi, out since spraining his right ankle last Friday against Sacramento, happens to be at or near the top of the list of the tiny group of players that might be dropped should the Warriors decide to add Cook.

The 6-foot-9 veteran forward has heard the chatter.

“First of all, it’s you guys talking,” Casspi said, referring to media. “I don’t really feel it from the organization. At the end of the day, I’m focused on getting healthy and playing. That’s all I can control.

“I feel like the team needs me and know what I can do for the team. My focus is on getting healthy and playing.”

The Warriors have until April 11 to submit their playoff roster.

Casspi’s roster spot is in danger for three reasons.

One, he has lost confidence in his long-distance shooting, which was influential in the team’s decision to sign him to a one-year minimum contract last July.

Two, his defense has been a glaring weakness, with teams attacking him at every opportunity.

Three, he had fallen out of the rotation when the team was fully healthy and didn’t return until after succession of injuries. Casspi exceeded 10 minutes of playing time in only one of the 12 games before injuries to several teammates became a factor.

Stephen Curry’s ankle woes this season, along with Cook’s impressive play, are making a persuasive argument for adding the third-year point guard.

For now, Casspi is determined to get back on court after missing the last two games.

“With my role on this team, when I’m healthy I want to go out there and play, maybe not 100 percent healthy, but close to it,” he said. “That’s what I’m focused on, on feeling good and running up and down and being able to cut and move and be out there again with the guys.”

As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay


As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all worked up sweat Wednesday, putting the Warriors ever closer to being whole again.

Only Draymond Green did not full participate in the non-contact practice session, but he’s expected back in a matter of days.

So while the Warriors are a little more than a week away from possibly having the full squad available, they’re starting to feel a little less vulnerable.

“They’re all kind of day-to-day,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is closer to playing than KD and Klay.”

Curry has not played since March 8, when he tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle. He missed the last six games. Durant (rib cartilage injury) and Thompson (right thumb sprain) sustained their injuries on March 11 at Minnesota, though Durant played one more game, March 14, before receiving a diagnosis. Durant missed the last three games, Thompson the last four.

Green sustained a pelvic contusion Monday night at San Antonio, but believes he will be available this weekend, either Friday against Atlanta or Sunday against Utah.

Curry, though, is fully cleared for all activities.

“Steph looks great,” Kerr said. “He’s chomping at the bit. But we’ll see how he responds in the next couple days before we decide whether he plays or not.”

Durant loathes acknowledging pain or injuries, and his return will be dictated by his ability with withstanding the contact inevitable in the course of a game.

“I don’t expect KD to play this week,” Kerr said. “It’s not like a timetable . . . just sort of a feel thing. It’s symptomatic with him.”

Thompson seems, at this point, the furthest away from full activity.

“Klay did some stuff," Kerr said, “but not full participation.”