There are still some things to wrap upfrom the Monta Ellis-Bogut trade and other Warriors related matters headinginto Fridays game against the Milwaukee Bucks.--- There are a lot of people wonderingwhy the Warriors also acquired the retired T.J. Ford in the RichardJefferson-for-Stephen Jackson trade that included a pick.Heres my understanding: the tradewould have worked salary-wise whether Ford was included in the deal or not. TheWarriors took on Fords salary, a little over 1 million, because getting theSpurs pick was worth it from Golden States point of view.As far as the Spurs, they could very well be a luxury tax team and would be penalized a dollar-for-dollar amount at the endof the season. So, by moving Ford to the Warriors, they take more than 1million off their books now, but also will save themselves another million inpenalty money down the road.Moving Ford also gives the Spurs moreroster flexibility in terms of possibly adding a player down theline.As for the Warriors, theyre notexactly on the hook for all of Fords salary anyway. Insurance will take careof most of it.--- Warriors general manager Larry Rileysaid the team, doctors and Stephen Curry are still working on a course ofaction for the rest of the season regarding his injured anklefoot.It is possible and some would sayexpected that the Warriors will soon announce they are shutting Curry downfor the rest of the season. In the short term, Riley said earlier this weekthat Curry would definitely not play in either of this weekends games vs.Milwaukee on Friday and at Utah on Saturday.--- At this point the Warriors will haveat least three picks and possibly four in the upcoming 2012 NBA draft. TheWarriors now own San Antonios conditional first round pick, which would be theNo. 27 overall pick right now.The Warriors also have the New JerseyNets second-round pick, which would be the No. 36 pick overall right now. Andthey also own the worst of Atlantas two second-round picks, which at thispoint would fall between the Nos. 45 and 50 picks.Of course, the most important pick forthe Warriors is their own. If the Warriors wind up with a top-seven pick in thedraft, they will keep the pick. If the Warriors end up with the No. 8 pick orworse, the pick will be conveyed to Utah.
With just under three minutes to go and the Warriors leading by 25 points, Steve Kerr put the end of the bench into the game.
Somehow, with the game in control, rookie Jordan Bell found a way to produce the highlight of the night.
After Bell got a piece of Dwight Powell's shot, JaVale McGee batted the ball ahead. With no one in front of him, the rookie tossed the ball off the backboard and threw down a dunk. The sequence left his Warriors teammates flabergasted. But Bell may have broken an unwritten rule about showboating in a blowout game.
After the game, Draymond Green was not having it with possible criticism of Bell.
"Listen man, when you get on the basketball floor, I don't care if you get out there with two minutes to go up 25 or with two minutes to go down 25, somebody is evaluating you. So you gotta play the game just like it's tied up or if you're up four or if you're down four. You gotta play the game the same way. Somebody is evaluating you. So if you want to throw it off the backboard, feel free and dunk the ball. He got an And One. It was a great play. So, I got no message for him. Do what you do. Play basketball. That's what he did. I don't get all up into the whole 'Ah man, they're winning by this much, that's bad.' Says who? Dunk the ball. What's the difference between if he threw it off the backboard and dunked it as opposed to grabbing it and dunking it? It's a dunk," Green told reporters in Dallas after the Warriors' 133-130 win.
Green was then asked what he thought of the play, regardless of game situation.
"Great play. Great play. Amazing. Did you see it? It was dope. He got an And One too. He missed the free throw though. We gotta talk about that. That's my message for him. Make the free throw," Green said.
Kerr reportedly apologized to Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle after the game. Green commented on that.
"Steve's the coach. I'm not. That's not my problem," Green said.
Draymond wasn't the only member of the Green family defending Bell. His mom, Mary Babers-Green was on Twitter defending the rookie.
Jordan do you.. EXPLAIN WHAT? This ain’t 10 & Under REC or Powder Puff! Play ball!— MBG (@BabersGreen) October 24, 2017
Are we complaining about a rookie SHOWBOATING that gets limited minutes? I’m sure he was told Make EVERY MINUTE COUNT! #SHOWBOATJORDAN— MBG (@BabersGreen) October 24, 2017
Stephen Curry knows he asked for this one. Begged for it. Wanted it so bad he not only ripped his mouthpiece out of his face but also wound up and fired it in the direction of a game official.
He has to be, and likely is, pleased that the NBA wanted nothing more than a $50,000 bite out of his newly fortified paycheck.
“It was a dumb thing to do. Stupid,” he said after shootaround Monday morning. “Learn from it and try to move on and be better.”
It was not nearly enough for the league that Curry apologized immediately after the mouthpiece-tossing incident that got him tossed in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 111-101 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday. Apologies don’t carry much weight in these matters and they are entirely weightless when it’s a second offense.
And that’s what this was, as you may recall Curry flinging his mouthpiece late in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He was tossed from that game, too.
Of more importance, and what Curry has to take away from this is that he can’t afford another offense. Ever. Though he surely can afford it monetarily, it would rob the Warriors of their offensive catalyst.
Throwing a mouthpiece once is a forgivable mistake. Doing it twice is a relapse that some may forgive while others definitely will not. Doing it three or more times falls into the selfish category, even if selfishness is not a characteristic fairly applied to the two-time MVP.
It’s conceivable that no one in the NBA gets pushed and grabbed and knocked around as much, without a whistle, as does Curry. Part of this is on him, for not being better at selling calls. Part of it is on officials who typically use a different standard for him than those usually set for MVP-caliber players.
Through it all, and it has gone on for years, Curry rarely says a peep. He plays on, simmering, but staying on task.
“I think people on the outside automatically think that these guys can control everything and be robots and score 35 and be perfectly composed,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Monday morning. “But they’re all human beings, just like the rest of us. There’s going to be times where you lose your mind. There’s going to be times where you get angry and times where you’re in perfect mental and you’re playing at a high level and everything is under control.
But nobody can keep that level 100 percent of the time.”
Curry’s actions Saturday in Memphis were only partly the result of the officiating. The Warriors were losing, again. Curry was committing silly fouls, again. It was a buildup of unfavorable events and he lost it.
“We were playing terrible,” Curry said Monday morning. “I was frustrated because I was fouling. I thought I got fouled on the last play. The reaction was definitely a little over the top.
“Stuff happens. I’m going to try to continue to be myself and show some fire, but do it in a way that doesn’t take away from the team and misrepresent who I am.”
Curry said Monday that he didn’t bother to review his actions because he knew how unbecoming they were. He also expressed regret about lashing out. There was no need to brace for the fine he knew was coming.
Next time, though it won’t be a fine that will take a fraction of his check. Next time, it’ll be a suspension that will take away a piece of the Warriors.