Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors fall in double OT


Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors fall in double OT


Nuggets 107, Warriors 101 (Double Overtime)Player of the game: Danilo Gallinari didnt shoot the ball very well on Saturday night, but he hit the biggest shot of the game a 3-pointer with 35.9 seconds left in the second overtime to give the Nuggets a 103-101 lead.Key stretch: Klay Thompson hit a 3-pointer with 2:43 remaining in the second overtime to give the Warriors a 101-96 lead, but they failed to score after that with Denver scoring the games final 11 points.This is the worst Ive felt after a game, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. Quite honestly last year we werent good enough talent-wise to win a lot of ballgames. Thats flat-out what the truth is. Were good enough right now and we got outworked.Costly misses and mistakes: The Warriors had two chances to put the game away. But both times, they failed to convert from the line.With the Warriors up 94-92 and 13 seconds left in the first overtime, Klay Thompson had a pair of free throws to seal the game. But he missed both foul shots, and Gallinari then converted a drive and dunk with 2.1 seconds left to tie the game and send it into the second overtime.Making matters worse, the Warriors had a foul to give on the Gallinari drive but didnt utilize it.Thompson was guarding Gallinari on the play and had an opportunity to foul.We made critical mistakes down the stretch that are simple basketball plays to make, Jackson said. We come out of a huddle with a foul to give and they get a drive, dunk and we talked about it. The bottom line is you cant make these mistakes. The good teams, elite teams, playoff teams dont make these mistakes. Weve got to be disappointed. Its just a bad feeling.
Thompson had a crazy game. He played a career-high 54 minutes and shot 9-for-26 from the field. He also went just 5-for-15 from 3-point line.Then, in the second overtime, the Warriors were leading 101-97 with 1:22 remaining and Carl Landry at the line for two shots. Landry missed both free throws and the Nuggets came back with consecutive 3-point shots.When you get down to it, we have the lead a couple of times in late-game situations and our inexperience showed, David Lee said. We missed some free throws, we had a foul to give when Gallinari gets the dunk to tie the game. The game should have been over at that point. From then on we had a couple of calls not go our way. Overall we didnt execute as well as they did in the last minute-and-half of the fourth quarter, first overtime and second overtime.Late holds: The Warriors held the Nuggets scoreless for the final 2:15 of regulation, and got buckets by Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack during that stretch to send the game into overtime.The Warriors had a shot to win it on the games last possession, but Jack missed a contested runner with time running out.Biedrins contributes: Warriors center Andris Biedrins wasnt exactly a world-beater against the Nuggets, but he was significantly better than he has been in recent games.Biedrins played a season-high 19 minutes, had eight rebounds and did a nice job defensively against Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee. Certainly the highlight of the night for Biedrins, though, and Warriors fans, was when he knocked down consecutive free throws in the first half.Biedrins entered Fridays game having missed each of his four attempts this season. Last year, Biedrins went 1-for-9 from the foul line. The year before that Biedrins shot 32.3 percent from the line in 2010-11 and the year before that (2009-10) he shot 16 percent from the line.First-half ugliness: The shooting in the first half was deplorable, and both teams were in on it. The Warriors shot 34 percent and the Nuggets 32.7 percent, and the result was a predictably low 40-39 halftime score in favor of Denver.David Lee and Klay Thompson both went 5-for-13 from the field through 24 minutes. Lee labored to get anything to go down on the interior against the active and energetic Kenneth Faried and the long and athletic JaVale McGee. Lee had four of his shots blocked in the first half, and had to go out on the perimeter a little ways to get a few to go down.Thompson seems to be falling in love with the 3-point shot. He took seven of them in the first half, making only two. Exactly how much is he loving it? Well, 44 percent of his overall attempts have come from beyond the arc, which most coaches will tell you is too high of a percentage in any league.Except maybe Warriors coach Mark Jackson.Before the game, Jackson was asked about his teams perimeter shooting and whether the looks his players are getting are good ones.Im not going to tell my guys to turn down great looks, Jackson said. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson they shoot the basketball. I dont want them thinking about it.Tyler out: Warriors second-year forwardcenter Jeremy Tyler was sent home before Saturdays game because of sickness. Tyler saw his first action of the season on Friday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers.Tyler had six points on 3-for-4 from the field in six minutes in the game eventually won 101-77 by the Lakers.Supporting Greg Willard: NBA coaches, along with NBA officials, announced that for the remainder of November they will be wearing special purple awareness wristbands provided by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to raise awareness of the disease.NBA official Greg Willard was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and has the lowest five-year survival rate of all major cancers at six percent.

Playing in OKC is no longer a big deal for Durant: 'Just a regular game'


Playing in OKC is no longer a big deal for Durant: 'Just a regular game'

Kevin Durant in his first season with the Warriors faced three benchmark games, two of which were against the Cavaliers and, specifically, LeBron James. The third was his return to Oklahoma City, where Durant created his NBA legend.

With all eyes on him, Durant aced all three exams. He was individually better than LeBron, twice, and when he arrived in Oklahoma City last February, with thousands of emotionally wounded fans targeting him for ridicule, he ravaged his former team.

Durant totaled a team-high 34 points (12-of-21 shooting, including 3-of-6 from deep, 7-of-7 from the line), nine rebounds and three assists in a 130-114 rout.

So there will be no such dramatic backdrop Wednesday when Durant takes the floor at Chesapeake Energy Arena, and it is anticipated his sprained left ankle will have healed sufficiently enough to allow him to play. Regardless of whether he plays, hHs return this time simply will not generate the tremendous local turbulence it did last season.

“It was a pretty fun moment to be a part of,” Durant told reporters at practice Tuesday. “You always respect the players on the court. And the people that have stuff to say about what’s going on on the court, they really don’t matter.

“So I just tried to go out there and think about that. Just realize that the players on the court are the most important and I know if I don’t focus and lock in, I won’t play to the best of my ability. I tried to block out all the nonsense and the BS and just go out there and play.”

There should be considerably less BS and nonsense this time around, for this is a more evolved Durant and this is not the OKC team he left behind, shattered in a dozen little pieces scattered around a new solo act that was Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook now has two fellow All-Stars at his side. OKC general manager Sam Presti navigated offseason deals to acquire both Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. There is a sense that the reloaded Thunder can make some playoff noise, and that matters in the wake of a steep drop last postseason.

Having spent most of a day interviewing locals in advance of the Warriors-Thunder game last season, it was apparent those folks were heartbroken by KD’s departure but perhaps more crestfallen about what little was left of their beloved team.

Durant, who remains connected to some of his personal causes in OKC, seems to recognize that. It’s enough to assuage any unease he may have felt for the fans that once adored him.

Asked Tuesday if there was any lingering sentiment about returning to the place where he spent eight seasons, Durant barely hesitated.

“No, it’s just a regular game for me now,” he said. “I learned how to tune out the crowd. I learned how to tune out the b------t and just play. Just keep it at basketball and I’ll be all right.”

It has been 16 months since Durant woke up on the morning of July 4 and announced his decision to sign with the Warriors. Durant has adapted to the Bay Area. He drives the local streets, rides BART every so often and has his favorite spots. He has his hands all over the high-tech industry that drives so much of the energy here.

Durant has moved deeply into the next phase of his career and has his eyes on his post-career options. OKC was home for most of his NBA life, but he now lives elsewhere.

Kevin Durant is in a good place, in most every way, and he likes it.

“I’ve been in the league for this long and been in every situation as a basketball player: losing games, winning games, overtime games, winning a championship, losing a championship, MVP, coming in second in the MVP,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been through everything in the league as an individual player. All those experiences have given me knowledge and given me insight on the game and what it’s about.

“It’s pretty simple when you think about it. You work, you work, you work. You gain experience, you gain knowledge and when it’s time to give it to somebody else you do it. When it’s time to apply it to your game, you just apply it when you play. “

When KD steps on the floor Wednesday and sees George and Anthony behind Westbrook, he can’t help but feel the difference. He has moved on and so have the Thunder.

There is reason, good reason, to believe the man when he says going back this time is just another game.

JaVale McGee wins fun bet with Steph Curry over Nevada-Davidson game


JaVale McGee wins fun bet with Steph Curry over Nevada-Davidson game

UPDATE (9:01pm PT): It's fanny pack time for Steph Curry.

His Davidson Wildcats lost to JaVale McGee's Nevada Wolf Pack 81-68 on Tuesday night, meaning the Warriors' point guard will have to wear a fanny pack to at least three games.

McGee and his alma mater wasted no time celebrating their big victory.

No response from Curry yet. We'll find out Wednesday if he makes good on his obligation to wear the fanny pack.


When your alma mater plays the alma mater of your teammate, you have to put a wager on the outcome of the game.

That's exactly what Steph Curry and JaVale McGee have done for Tuesday night's clash between the Davidson Wildcats and Nevada Wolf Pack.

But money isn't on the line. Public embarrassment is, though.

Curry and McGee shared the wager on Twitter ahead of the 7pm PT tip-off.

If Curry's Wildcats win, McGee has to serve as his caddie for one round of golf and the Warriors center can't use a golf cart. He has to walk and carry Curry's clubs. Curry originally suggested three rounds, but lowered the number to one,

If McGee's Wolf Pack win, Curry has to wear a fanny pack to at least three games. McGee is famous for always having a fanny pack around his waist.