OAKLAND The Warriors will likely be without shooting guardMonta Ellis for Saturdays game against the Philadelphia 76ers at OracleArena.Ellis missed practice on Friday and is in Mississippi forthe funeral of his grandmother, Mary Cole. The funeral is on Saturday.Bottom line is hes a family member going through somethingright now, Jackson said. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and hisfamily. He can take as much time as he sees fit. Theres no pressure at all.Our thoughts and prayers are with him.Point guard Stephen Curry, who missed Wednesday's game against the Knicks, participated in drills but had no contact. He's listed as day-to-day for Philly.
First, there was #ChinaKlay.
Now, there is #FakeKlay.
In case you missed it, a Klay Thompson lookalike was seated behind the Warriors bench during their season-opening loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. He had the full jersey, the facial hair and the cadence.
A day later, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about #FakeKlay and he used it as an opportunity to state that he felt his players were out of shape.
"I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning as a team," Kerr told the media in Oakland. "I turned around and was like 'Klay, did you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?' That was great. I love that guy."
So Kerr is definitely a fan of #FakeKlay. No word yet if the real Klay has met #FakeKlay. We'll let you know if they do cross paths.
OAKLAND -- Sidelined with a back strain, Andre Iguodala spent Tuesday night “yelling at the TV more than I normally do” as the Warriors labored through an uneven performance before blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.
So there was Iguodala, this time with his teammates, sitting before a monitor Wednesday as coach Steve Kerr review the horror show that was a 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets.
“We only did about a half-hour on the floor, mostly skill work,” Kerr said after the light practice. “Watched a lot of video.
“That game was a weird game because we were shooting the ball well and scoring enough to win. But we never had control of it the way we normally have control of a game, with defense and toughness.”
Though the Warriors were hampered by injuries -- Iguodala being out, while Draymond Green and Omri Casspi were hurt during the game -- beyond their control, there was at least one thing they believe they can fix immediately.
They can avoid some of the fouls, particularly those that are mindless.
That’s the trap Stephen Curry fell into, picking up three fouls in the first four minutes. That he was limited to 30 minutes, and only 18 through the first three quarters, had an impact on the playing rotation and was a factor in the loss.
“The only thing I’m worried about with him is just those little fouls,” Iguodala said. “Because when he’s on the court, no matter if he’s scoring or not, he’s making life easier for everyone else.”
Kerr after the game cited conditioning as an issue and elaborated on the subject Wednesday.
“Conditioning is not just physical. It’s mental, too,” he said. “We were not ready, mentally, to play that game, even when we weren’t tired early in the game.
“There were other lapses, too. After made baskets, transition threes for them we neglected to pick up. That’s not physical conditioning. That’s mental conditioning. That’s where we need to get better. And we will.”
The Warriors will be wounded in more ways than one when they board their flight to New Orleans Thursday morning. They’ll have some achy players, for sure, but they’ll also have a 0-1 record.
“I feel like losses have this huge effect on us that usually benefits us,” Iguodala said.