Mark Jackson talks Tyler, 'motor,' and doghouse


Mark Jackson talks Tyler, 'motor,' and doghouse

OAKLAND Heres what Warriors coach Mark Jacksonsaid on Saturday afternoon, after the team finished up practice. The Warriorsare coming off a 120-109 loss to Oklahoma City at Oracle, which makes them 1-3on their current six-game homestand.
RECAP: Warriors fade late, fall to Thunder
The Warriors (6-12) play the Sacramento Kings onTuesday.Jackson touched on a variety of subjects, including JeremyTyler and the big-man situation, getting players to have more of a motor andwhether or not he has adoghouse.Heres what Jackson said

On Jeremy Tyler:Hes worked extremely hard and hes put himself in aposition to get minutes, and hes played well during those spurts. Its good tosee his energy, his effort. Hes going to make mistakes but hes a guy who putsthe time in and has improved since Day 1, and we feel comfortable putting himon the floor.I dont care who you are if you play hard and you compete Ican live with mistakes. Everybodys going to make mistakes. Certainly Ive madea bunch as a player and coach. Bottom line, if you give energy and effort, goodthings are going to happen.Certainly, if you look at our second unit, mistakes weremade but they battled and they kept us in the ballgame and I couldnt be morepleased.On Tylers playing time coming at the expense ofAndris Biedrins: Youve got tolook at the situation. Dre (Biedrins) is the best post defender but last nightwe were not playing against a team that has a post scorer. So theres no needhaving him on the floor against Kendrick Perkins.So you look at matchups and you make the right call. Wewanted to get offense on the floor and versatility also, so we went small attimes. So it was nothing against Dre.On whether after watching film he was still as downon his big men:I wouldnt say I was down on the bigs not just the bigs.I was down on our motor, the way we got after it. It was incredible that withfive minutes to go we were down, Ibelieve by three (Warriors were down six with six minutes). We weremaking shots, but they were playing at a different level and when they seemedto have turned it on they gained separation and thats the disappointing part. Theywere in attack mode. They were the aggressor all night long and thats not whowe are.On a talent gap between the teams:Certainly they have a superstar in Kevin Durant and a starin Westbrook and a legitimate, big-time talent in James Harden. But I look atour team and we have our own talent level.We turned over the basketball. We gave the best basketballteam in the league 19 extra possessions. We also allowed them to dominate on theoffensive boards.Serge Ibaka was the best big man on the floor, eightoffensive rebounds, so we did a lot to hurt ourselves. When you think aboutthat, its not about talent. Theyre a veteran team that knows how to play andknows how to finish ballgames and they didnt panic.On whether hed like to see the first team play hashard as the second unit: I want to have 12 guys with a motor. I dont think itsfair (to compare the effort of first team against second) because we mix andmatch. But I want to have at all times a winning motor, intense basketball.Thats where folks dont want to play against you. Thats where people bow out.And thats where weve got to get to.On whether theyve ever had it: I think weve had it. Were a hard-working team, were adefensive-minded team. We compete. But theres a difference between doing itsometimes and doing it all the time. The best teams in the league dont have ashut-off valve. Its got to be a full-time thing for us.On whether or not Udoh is in his doghouse:I dont have a doghouse. The other night he playedincredible and he played. Last night he didnt play as well and he didnt. Imay have a doghouse, but the dogs go in and out at their leisure There is aswinging door.On whether he still believes the Warriors will makethe playoffs: Absolutely. We have everything we need to put together agreat run and a stretch of winning basketball. I still believe that. Noquestion about it."

Jordan Bell: Rookie year with Warriors 'like being a freshman all over again'


Jordan Bell: Rookie year with Warriors 'like being a freshman all over again'

Warriors rookie Jordan Bell made an instant impact for the team this season. But as of late, his playing time has dwindled. In four of the Warriors' last five games, Bell has been inactive. 

“It's just the life of a rookie,” Bell said to The Athletic. “That's what Steve Kerr always tells me. It's not because I'm playing bad. Just gotta be professional about it and stay ready. It's like being a freshman all over again.”

While Bell wants to be on the court with his teammates, what he appreciates most from Steve Kerr is his communication. Kerr is always honest about when he won't play Bell and he keeps the former Oregon Duck encouraged. 

“He talks to me about it every time he sees me,” Bell said. “Lets me know I'm not going to be active. Keep doing what you're doing, you're doing good. But it still f------ sucks. You're playing well and it doesn't mean anything because you're younger. It sucks, but you got to be professional about it.”

Bell has played in 12 of the Warriors' 18 games this season. The 22-year-old is averaging 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game over 8.3 minutes per game. 

The Warriors bought the 38th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Chicago Bulls and selected Bell. On Friday night, the Warriors, and perhaps Bell, play the Bulls for the first time this season. 

One thing is pretty clear about these Warriors after 2-2 road trip

One thing is pretty clear about these Warriors after 2-2 road trip

The Warriors are not ready to flip their seek-and-destroy switch. Not yet.

They’re closer to being ready than, say, their longtime rivals in Cleveland, but in going 2-2 on this four-game road trip the Warriors showed they are nowhere near full annihilation mode.

They went into Oklahoma City Wednesday night and, in gulping down a 108-91 loss on national TV, came away looking more vulnerable than they have in any game this season. The 17-point loss was their largest margin of defeat and this was awful close to being a wire-to-wire rout.

The Warriors defense, so splendid during the seven-game win streak they took out of town last week, was inconsistent throughout and downright atrocious by their standards as they concluded the trip.

Their offense, which had begun reducing the turnovers to acceptable levels, came apart like a pair of $3 sneakers.

Even their body language, aside from two well-deserved technical fouls, seemed to mostly vacillate between whispers and a whimpers.

“We didn’t have any focus or concentration,” coach Steve Kerr said. “The ‘millennials’ couldn’t lock in tonight. And their coach couldn’t do much either. Long night for us.”

These were not the Warriors who posted seven consecutive double-digit wins, and they’re certainly not the team that found its competitive blowtorches last April. They weren’t visible in this game, nor were they seen for most of this road trip.

This, ahem, regular-season road trip.

That’s the catch. Last April is when the playoffs got underway, and next April is when the 2018 playoffs begin. The time between now and then is for experimenting, fine-tuning and fighting through the monotonous joys of victory -- a factor on vivid display Wednesday night.

“We played with some decent energy,” Stephen Curry said. “We just didn’t play smart.”

“They completely outplayed us, outcoached us,” Kerr said. “It was just their night. It was absolutely their night. They brought the energy, they brought the juice, they brought the intelligence. And we didn’t bring any of that.”

The Warriors entered the game after studying video and stats that illustrated OKC’s ability to disrupt an offense. The Thunder leads the NBA in steals, deflections and -- this one punches the Warriors in the gut -- forcing turnovers.

The Warriors committed 22 giveaways, leading directly to 34 Thunder points.

“Thirty-four points off turnovers, you can’t win like that,” Draymond Green said.

“I’ve got to do a better job of getting them ready to play,” Kerr said. “We have a pretty loose, fun atmosphere around here. That’s great, but there are certain times where it’s like, ‘All right guys. Let’s throw it to our team. Let’s execute the play. Let’s remember the play.’ ”

Kevin Durant bemoaned the “silly turnovers” that were such a factor in the game, blaming it players rather than Kerr and his staff.

“For the most part he can’t control that type of stuff,” said Durant, whose four turnovers were second to Curry’s team-high six. “We’ve got to be better at keeping the ball in our hands, shooting more shots than our opponents and playing defense.”

Added Green: “We were pretty well-prepared. We just played bad.”

That happens to even the best of teams, a category in which the defending champions fit quite snugly. No team, not even the Chicago Bulls of the maniacally competitive Michael Jordan, is able to bring its best for 82 games a season.

The Warriors blew two 17-point leads, one in second quarter and another in the third, in losing at Boston.

They fell behind by 24 in the third quarter to the 76ers before coming back to win in Philadelphia before recovering the next night to submit their best performance of the trip in routing Brooklyn.

And in OKC, against a Thunder team that would seem to get their full attention, the Warriors were outhustled, outsmarted and played with considerably less fury.

“Right now, we’re just in a little bit of rut, where we’ve got to focus,” Kerr said. “And I know we will. We’ve done this many times in the past and bounced back. And we’ll bounce back. We need to lock in and tighten up everything.”

They will, eventually. It could happen next week, or next month, or after the calendar turns to 2018. They’ll turn it on and become the team of terror, punishing all before them. It might be April, though.

This road game indicated some truth, though, which is there will be games over the next four months in which they will lose the battle with themselves.