Steinmetz's Instant Replay: W's secure first home win


Steinmetz's Instant Replay: W's secure first home win


Player of the game: Carl Landry continued his impressive and efficient play for Golden State, which won its first home game of the season. Landry played 26 minutes and made the most of it scoring 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds.Landry went 8-for-10 from the floor against Cleveland, and in five games this season he is averaging 17 points per game and shooting 67.3 percent from the floor.Key stretch: The Warriors had gotten into a little bit of a sluggish rut early in the third quarter and found themselves behind 69-67 midway through the third. But Golden State went on a 16-3 run to take back control of the game.As has been the case, Landry was in the middle of the important stretch, scoring six of the teams 16 points over that period.Converting turnovers: The Cavaliers didnt commit an inordinate number of turnovers, but the ones they did commit the Warriors usually turned into something positive.The Cavaliers committed 16 turnovers, which led to 30 Golden State points.Jumping out: The Warriors jumped out to a 15-point lead less than eight minutes into the game thanks to the perimeter shooting of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.Curry had 15 points and Thompson nine after one quarter, as the Warriors led 37-21. The lead would hit 17 in the second quarter, but Cleveland made a push and cut things to 56-51 late in the first half.David Lee, who missed shootaround because of the flu, played 19 minutes in the first half and was productive. Lee went 6-for-9 in the half and had 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.Lee played his best game of the young season on Wednesday, and it shouldnt have come as any surprise with the Cavaliers short-handed up front.He ended up with 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, and once again logged plenty of minutes 38 -- for coach Mark Jackson. Lee entered the game averaging just 12.5 points and shooting 40 percent from the field. Still, he came into the game averaging more than 36 minutes per contest second only to Stephen Curry, who came in averaging 38-plus minutes per game.Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 28 points and seven assists.Interior advantage: Its not every game that the Warriors have a tangible advantage on the inside particularly now with Andrew Bogut limited.But the Warriors were a heck of a lot more healthy than the Cavaliers on Wednesday, as Cleveland was missing starting center Anderson Varejao and key backup Tyler Zeller.Those injuries left the Cavaliers with a starting four-five combination of Samardo Samuels (6-foot-9) and Tristan Thompson (6-foot-9).

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters


Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.