Report: Kirilenko on Warriors' wish list


Report: Kirilenko on Warriors' wish list

Andrei Kirilenkos current home is nearly 6,000 miles away from Oracle Arena. The Warriors are hoping hes open to relocating.

Kirilenko is on the Warriors' wish list, according to a report by the Contra Costa Times.

Though the chances of acquiring Kirilenko must be considered slim at this point, the six-foot-nine forward would present an intriguing option for Golden State -- and could build better Warriors memories than getting posterized by Baron Davis.

Kirilenko is a proven shooter and can hit from long range. He made 41.7 percent of his three-point attempts for CSKA Moscow last season. Even after factoring in that the Euroleague three-point line is more than a foot and a half shorter than the NBA three-point line, Kirilenko still has to be respected with the ball around the arc.

Although at just 235 pounds, Kirilenko does not add much strength to the Warriors, especially if they try to use him at power forward, the 31-year-old is a solid defensive player. In 10 seasons in the NBA, he averaged two blocks and 1.4 steals per game and was named to the All-Defensive first team once and second team twice.

Kirilenko still may opt to stay with CSKA Moscow, where he earned Euroleague MVP honors last season. Kirilenko averaged 14.1 points and 7.5 rebounds last season, hitting nearly 60 percent of his shots from the floor.

If he chooses to return to the NBA, Kirilenko might be inclined to sign with the Brooklyn Nets and play for countryman and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. Nets general manager Billy King told FOX Sports Radio that the Nets are talking with Kirilenko.

However, Brooklyn can only offer Kirilenko the veterans minimum, potentially allowing the Warriors to present a better contract.

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Without Green, Iguodala, fourth quarter turns into disaster for Warriors vs Rockets

Without Green, Iguodala, fourth quarter turns into disaster for Warriors vs Rockets

OAKLAND -- The defending champion Warriors started cracking in the hours before tipoff Tuesday night and broke apart when they usually come together.

The fourth quarter was a disaster area and it cost the Warriors, as the Houston Rockets wiped out a 13-point deficit and tagged them with a 122-121 loss before a stunned sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

So ends, as it should, the spurious notion of a rubber-stamp championship for the Warriors. A strain here and a tweak there and they found themselves on the painful end of the score.

The Warriors learned prior to the game that forward Andre Iguodala, their valuable Sixth Man, would be out nursing a strained back. They were hit with another injury, this one to Draymond Green, who was highly effective, late in the third quarter.

“He was our best player tonight,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He was the guy who was bringing the energy and the life.”

Green’s numbers -- 9 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists -- barely hint at his value in this game. Green and Iguodala are the primary defensive communicators, and Green held it down fairly well -- until he, too, was gone.

“Our communication wasn’t very good and we didn’t stick to the game plan; we gave them too many wide-open threes,” said Klay Thompson, who scored 11 first-quarter points but only 5 over the final three.

“We did a good job in the half-court of keeping them in front,” said Kevin Durant, who also scolded himself for committing eight turnovers. “But in transition we got cross-matched so many times and we just didn’t communicate well enough.”

Games aren’t always lost in the fourth, despite the frequent narrative, but this one most assuredly was. With Green in the locker room accompanied by ice, the Warriors were outscored 34-20 in the fourth quarter.

After shooting 45.8 percent through three quarters, the Rockets took it to 56 percent in the fourth, closing the game on a 13-5 run over the final 4:01.

The Warriors don’t yet know when Green and Iguodala will return, whether it’s as soon as Friday at New Orleans or a matter of weeks. Until they do, Kerr will have to resort to patching things together.

Problem is, aside from the scoring of Nick Young (23 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 6-of-7 from deep) and Jordan Bell (8 points on 4-of-5 shooting in 12 minutes), the bench did not distinguish itself.

That was particularly true on defense, which happen to be where Iguodala and Green make their greatest impact. The reserves accounted for 13 of the 25 fouls called on the Warriors.

“We’ve got to be better,” Durant said. “We’ve got to be better, and we’re looking forward to practice Wednesday.”

D'Antoni claps back at Draymond, Warriors after Rockets' 122-121 win

D'Antoni claps back at Draymond, Warriors after Rockets' 122-121 win

Draymond Green usually gets the last word.

Not this time.

"Somebody said we don't take it seriously on defense. Well obviously they don't take it seriously either," Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said after the Rockets knocked off the Warriors 122-121 on Tuesday night., according to Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Phil Barber.

The jab stems from Green's comments after practice on Monday.

"You should believe that. I'm turning over a new leaf. Number 1 -- they want it to be a shootout, which is fine. But we're gonna play some defense. We score pretty well, but we're a damn good defensive team, too. So we're gonna play some defense.

"I don't know how serious they take defense with that comment, but I know they added some good defensive players," Green told reporters Monday.

Green won't get his next shot at D'Antoni and the Rockets until January 4 in Houston.