Second-half surge lifts Warriors over Knicks


Second-half surge lifts Warriors over Knicks


The Warriors -- without injured point guard Stephen Curry -- trailed the Knicks at halftime, but scored 55 points compared to New York's 35 in the second half to win 92-78 and improve to 2-1 on the young season.
Player of the game: Brandon Rush crammed a lot of activity into 26 minutes of playing time, scoring 19 points, grabbing six rebounds and playing tremendous defense on Carmelo Anthony.Key stretch: The Warriors held the Knicks to just six points through the first seven-plus minutes of the fourth quarter, one in which started with the teams even at 64-64. With the Knicks struggling to score, the Warriors took complete control of the game, bumping the lead to 16 points by the 4:20 mark of the period.This is going to be strange to hear, but we are a defensive team, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. Yeah, its a shocker. Great players are going to come in and have great nights. But our job is to make it tough and not hold our heads down.
Curry sits: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry missed Wednesdays game because of a sprained right ankle. Curry has tweaked the ankle twice this season once in the final exhibition game on Dec. 20 and the other time on Monday against the Bulls.Said Warriors coach Mark Jackson before the game: Bottom line is he got hurt landing on somebody and we are going to give it some time to heal. We are a no-excuses basketball team so we look forward to executing our mission which is to play to our identity and take care of our homecourt.Ish Smith, who started for Curry, finished with 11 points, six rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes.Rushs role: Were only three games into the season but it looks as though Brandon Rush is ahead of rookie Klay Thompson in the rotation. Jackson said during the preseason that Thompson was going to get plenty of playing time and would likely be the first guard off the bench.But Rush already has carved out a consistent role in large part because of his defense and ability to spot-up from 3-point range. Most figured Thompson would struggle at the defensive end, but he also hasnt shot the ball well at all.Everybody is buying into what Coach Jackson is talking about, Rush said. Just giving maximum effort on the defensive end getting stops and getting out and running.
Containing Anthony and Amare: The Warriors did a nice job defending Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, keeping both guys under control at all times.Anthony finished with 13 points on 3-for-13 from the field and Stoudemire had 16 points on 5-for-14 from the field.

With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell


With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

After getting a rude “Welcome to the NBA” facial from Rockets guard Eric Gordon in his debut Tuesday night, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell stands to get a more legitimate baptism Friday night in New Orleans.

That’s where Pelicans All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be waiting, eager to abuse the new guy.

With starting power forward Draymond Green listed as doubtful with a strained left knee -- MRI test results were negative -- Bell can expect significant minutes when the Warriors and Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.

Aware Green’s availability is in question, Bell sees what’s ahead in Davis and Cousins, as they both possess skills that rank among the top five big men.

“I’m definitely excited about that,” Bell said Wednesday. “(They are) some of the best bigs in the league, so I’m definitely excited to get tested against that.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr generally avoids tinkering with his set rotations, in which case David West and JaVale McGee would continue to come off the bench at center. Of the other “bigs” on the roster, Bell is most likely to start if Green is unable.

Bell played 12 minutes in the opener, and they were in slots that typically go to McGee, who never left the bench against Houston. Citing the matchups created by the Rockets’ smallish lineups, Kerr opted for the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Bell over the 7-foot, 270-pound McGee.

That will change Friday, regardless of Green’s status, as both Bell and McGee will be needed against Davis and Cousins, both of whom possess wing spans over 7 feet. Only Bell is suited to play power forward or center, and the staff is coaching him at both positions.

“At the 4, I have to be more of a facilitator, like (Green) is,” Bell said. “Some plays (Kerr) has me doing the same things Draymond does. Sometimes he has me bring the ball up in practice. Calling plays, putting me in positions on the elbows to make the right pass, make the right read.

“When I’m at the 5, I have to be more of an aggressor, a more physical guy on the court, focusing on rebounding and finishing around the rim.”

It’s exceedingly rare for a second-round draft pick to start a game in his first week as an NBA player. The Warriors believe Bell can handle it. So in the case of Green being held out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rookie’s name is called.


Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI


Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

The Golden State Warriors and Dubnation have been holding their breath a bit awaiting the results of Draymond Green's MRI. 

They can breathe a little better now. 

According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative. 

Green left Tuesday's game against the Rockets one point shy of a triple double after 28 minutes of work. 

The Warriors were left in a defensive deficit in his absence and ultimatley lost to the Rockets 122-121. 

More to come...