Monta struggles in Warriors' loss to Bobcats


Monta struggles in Warriors' loss to Bobcats


The Warriors four-game road trip got off to an awful start on Saturday as they dropped a game to the Charlotte Bobcats that they were never in. The Bobcats scored 38 points in the first quarter, taking a 15-point lead and pretty much rolled from there.Bobcats 112, Warriors 100

Star of the game: Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson had a season-high 26 points, going 9-for-17 from the floor and 8-for-12 from the foul line.
Key stretch: The Warriors actually got off to a nice start in this one, taking a 10-3 lead just three minutes into the game. But it was downhill for the remainder of the quarter, as Charlotte outscored the Warriors 35-15 for the remainder of the period.We didnt show up, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. And as a coach, thats on me. Our guys didnt come ready to play. They thought it would be easy. We didnt work. Im embarrassed as a coach. This type of effort cannot be accepted.

Defense rests: All things considered, the Warriors may have played their worst defensive half of the season, falling behind 66-46 at halftime to the Bobcats. The Warriors allowed Charlotte to shoot 56 percent from the floor and forced only four turnovers through 24 minutes.The 36 points Charlotte scored in the first quarter were a season-high for the Bobcats and a season-high for points in a quarter against the Warriors.This is the first time Ive been embarrassed watching our performance, Jackson said. Our effort cannot and will not be tolerated.Ellis struggles: Monta Ellis suffered through his worst shooting night of the season, going 6-for-26 from the floor and finishing with 18 points.Curry shooting for Tuesday: Warriors guard Stephen Curry said Saturday that his right ankle has been responding well and he hopes to return to action on Tuesday when the Warriors play at Cleveland.Very close, Curry said, when asked about his status on the Warriors-Bobcats game telecast on CSN Bay Area. I went out earlier, made some cuts and it responded well. Hopefully in the next couple of days we can keep the intensity up and it looks like Tuesday would be a nice day to come back at Cleveland.Curry has sprained the ankle three times this season, the last time coming on Jan. 4 at San Antonio. If Curry does return against the Cavaliers, it will mean he will have missed seven games before returning.

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters


Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.