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Robinson signing a big-time reach by Warriors

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Robinson signing a big-time reach by Warriors

The Warriors are poised to sign guard Nate Robinson, andits a move that will surely generate more buzz than it should.Robinson is an exciting and explosive player, and one who intheory could add some backcourt depth to the Warriors roster. But thats intheory, of course.The reality is that Robinson has been an issue most of theplaces he has been and he isnt the kind of player who can have a significantrole on a successful team. For goodness sakes, Sam Presti, one of the mostrespected general managers in the league, essentially paid Robinson 4 millionto NOT be a part of the Thunder.

In other words, Robinson didnt fit with a team vying for achampionship, but for some reason hell be a perfect fit with the Warriors.Thats a tough theory to get behind.In fairness to the Warriors, there might not be a guardavailable with any more talent than Robinson. But again, what does that tellyou? How can a player with so much talent and so much ability not be wanted byso many teams?Robinson can be a big-time scorer, and at times during hiscareer has been virtually impossible to guard in one-on-one situations. But hisshot selection is questionable and hes high volume. Defensively, he would seemto be exactly the kind of player coach Mark Jackson wouldnt have a need for:an I-me player not too interested in the defensive end of the floor.When things dont go Robinsons way, hes a distractionwaiting to happen. Robinson is also the kind of the player who will likely wanta bigger role than hes likely to get with the Warriors.How many minutes are there realistically when yourestarting backcourt is Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis? So, are you telling meRobinson will be happy with a limited role on Golden State? Ill believe thatwhen I see it.It seems apparent that one of two things is going to happenwith Robinson. Either he is going to be dissatisfied with his role and with hisminutes and hell start to become a problem or hell actually play well andtake playing time away from Curry.Either way, its not good.When the Warriors went out and signed Kwame Brown, tradedfor Brandon Rush and acquired Dominic McGuire, they were tangible moves thataddressed the teams defense.Robinson doesnt do that. Hes an offense first (only?)player and, rest assured, hell want to be a big part of that offense.Is Robinson talented? You bet. Is Robinson capable ofputting up big offensive numbers on occasion? Yes sir. But is this move areach? Youre darn right.

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.