PLAYER OF THE GAME: Kings shooting guard Marcus Thornton hit a baseline 3-pointer with 27 seconds remaining to help lift the Kings to a 95-91 exhibition win over the Warriors on Tuesday.Thornton, who finished with 21 points, got a long rebound after a Jimmer Fredette miss on a drive, and rather than milking the shot clock, elected to fire away. He buried it to give the Kings a 92-91 lead.
CURRY INJURED: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry sprained his ankle late in the second quarter and had to be helped to the locker room. The ankle is the same ankle Curry had surgery on after last season.Curry didnt return to the game, and the Warriors said hed be re-evaluated on Wednesday.BROWN PLAYS: Center Kwame Brown, who didnt play in the Warriors first exhibition game, checked in midway through the first quarter on Tuesday and wound up playing 17 minutes on the night. He had six points and four rebounds, but had a layup blocked by DeMarcus Cousins inside a minute remaining that could have given the Warriors a four-point lead.
BRASS IN HOUSE: The Warriors front office was heavily represented at Power Balance Arena. Owner Joe Lacob, general manager Larry Riley, assistant GM Bob Myers, assistant GM Travis Schlenk and Dakota Wizards GM (Warriors D-League affiliate) Kirk Lacob were all at the game.
NO RUSH: Brandon Rush, whom the Warriors acquired in a trade with the Indiana Pacers on Monday, arrived in Sacramento shortly before game-time but did not play. Rush was traded for Lou Amundson and is expected to compete for minutes behind Monta Ellis and Dorell Wright.
With a big break until their next game, the Warriors spent a couple days in New York City.
Klay Thompson spent part of his Monday walking around the city.
And as only Thompson could, he wound up appearing on a local news report. But he wasn't talking about basketball. Not even close.
Courtesy of Twitter user @MP_Trey, Thompson was interviewed on Fox 5 NY to talk about ... scaffolding.
"I usually observe if the piping and stuff is new. Sometimes, you know, something looks like it's been there a while, I try to avoid that," Thompson said in the report.
You can watch the odd video here:
Remember when Mark Jackson was the head coach of the Warriors?
During a recent conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Warriors GM Bob Myers shared the following story:
"I made a mistake with Mark one time -- after a game we lost, I went up to him right after we lost and asked him -- I think Curry had been having a big game and he ran a play for Carl Landry to take a shot to win the game; and it was a good play and it was a good shot.
"And I went up to Mark and I went, 'Did you think about Curry?' And he looked at me, and you could tell he was kind of containing himself, and he said, 'It was a good play. It was a good play.' And I look at him and I thought, 'I will never do that again.' If I don't trust the decisions the coach makes, then he's not the right coach.
"The coach gets to decide, right? I learned that lesson with Mark that I was completely out of line in asking him. And I apologized, and I'll never forget that lesson that I learned for myself ... I was wrong. And I learned that. So you learn more from mistakes sometimes. I don't do the debriefing with my coach after the game. Win or lose."
The Warriors fired Jackson a couple days after dropping Game 7 to the Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs.
Myers was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017.
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller