Second-half woes doom Warriors in Toronto


Second-half woes doom Warriors in Toronto

Raptors 83, Warriors 75Player of the game: Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan had a game-high 25 points on 9-for-16 from the field.

Key stretch: With the Warriors down four with two minutes remaining, the forced a turnover out of Jose Calderon, which led to a Nate Robinson fastbreak.But Robinson failed to convert the layup not quite uncontested but more than makeable and Leandro Barbosa hit a 3-pointer at the other end to put Toronto up 78-71 with 1:55 left.Second-half woes: The Warriors scored just 28 points in the second half, and a good chunk of the reason was because they didnt really look to run.At the end of the day, turning the ball over hurt us, Jackson said. We get one fastbreak point. We should be running off our stops, taking care of the ball, and we didnt do any of that. This one stings.Miserable third: Things went smoothly in the first half for Warriors as they took a 47-38 lead. But the third quarter was a nightmare. Golden State shot just 5-for-22 from the field in the third quarter and scored only 11 points.That brutal period allowed the Raptors to rally and take a 60-58 lead going into the fourth quarter.Thats four games in a row where weve had bad third quarters, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. We talked about it at halftime and once again got thoroughl outplayed. We did not executive offensively and gave them hope.Ellis grinding: Ellis struggled from the field in the first half, but he was doing other things noticeably passing to help the Warriors. Ellis missed seven of his nine first-half shots, but he found teammates six times for assists.Wright slumping: To say small forward Dorell Wright is in a shooting slump would be a little bit of an understatement. In his previous five games, Wright had made just 13-of-46 field goals, good for 28.2 percent from the floor.And it actually got worse in Toronto. Wright took nine shots during the first three quarter against the Raptors and made just one.

Lineup change: Jackson tinkered with his lineup on the fourth game of the trip, starting Udoh in place of Andris Biedrins at center. It was Udohs second start of the season.The Warriors also played without Stephen Curry, who missed his second game in a row. Curry has played just three seconds when Jackson used him as a decoy against Atlanta on Wednesday on this trip.Curry is listed as day-to-day with a strained tendon his right foot.

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...