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Warriors blown out by last-place Hornets

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Warriors blown out by last-place Hornets

BOX SCORE

Hornets 102, Warriors 87Player of the game: Former Warrior Marco Belinelli had a big night for the Hornets, scoring 22 points, handing out six assists and picking up three steals.Belinelli played two years for the Warriors from 2007 through 2009 before being traded to the Toronto Raptors for Devean George.Key stretch: The Hornets opened the second quarter by going on a 12-2 run behind a couple of buckets by Greivas Vasquez and Carl Landry to open up a 39-26 lead. By halftime the lead was 17 and it was never too close after that.Robinson-for-Jenkins, Jenkins-for-Robinson: Nate Robinson returned to the starting lineup for Wednesdays game, but he didnt appear to have it, at least not in the first half. Robinson strained his right hamstring on Saturday against the Kings and hadnt played since.In his absence, Charles Jenkins had handled the point guard responsibilities, and he scored a career-high 27 points on Sunday against Portland.Robinson went scoreless (0-for-5 from the field) in 14 first-half minutes, and apparently coach Mark Jackson had seen enough. Jenkins started the second half in Robinsons place.Robinson eventually checked in late in the third quarter.

Troubling half: The Warriors didnt have much to be proud of in the first half. They couldnt put the ball in the hole, couldnt stop the Hornets and turned the ball over too much.New Orleans went into intermission shooting 63 percent from the field, while the Warriors shot just 42 percent. Outside of Lee, who was 5-for-10 from the field in the half, no Warriors player made a significant contribution on the offensive end.Rush had nine points in the first half, but he managed only three shots from the field and wasnt a big part of things. Or at least not as big a part of things as he was against the L.A. Lakers on Tuesday, when he scored 23 points in Golden States 104-101 loss.The Warriors committed 10 turnovers in the first half, and so when they went into the locker room down 57-40, its no wonder they were accompanied by a heavy chorus of boos.The 10 turnovers were particularly troubling because the Warriors committed only five turnovers against the Lakers on Tuesday. That equaled a franchise-low.

Gameday: Curry out for payback against Conley, new-look Grizzlies

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Gameday: Curry out for payback against Conley, new-look Grizzlies

When the Warriors set foot in FedEx Forum on Saturday, they’ll find a very different atmosphere as well as a barely recognizable team of Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grindhouse is not the same. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter have left the building. So, too, has the “Grindfather” himself, Tony Allen.

So in their only trip to Memphis this season, the Warriors will focus mostly on point guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol, the remaining core members of the team that reached the playoffs in each of the last seven seasons.

The Warriors (1-1) will be playing for the second night in a row, while the Grizzlies (1-0) have not played since their season opener Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

BETTING LINE:
Warriors by 8.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Stephen Curry vs. Mike Conley: Curry has a long memory, and he will remember not only that the Warriors last season lost twice to the Grizzlies but also that Conley’s 27 points and clutch play offset Curry’s 40 points and led Memphis to an overtime win in Oakland. It won’t matter to Curry that the Warriors posted double-digit wins over the Grizzlies in the last two meetings last season. He may want to take over.

INJURY LIST:
Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle sprain) has been ruled out.

Grizzlies: F JaMychal Green (L ankle sprain), G Ben McLemore (R foot surgery) and G/F Wayne Selden Jr. (R quad injury) are listed as out.

RECENT SERIES HISTORY:
The Warriors have won five of the last seven in Memphis and 10 of the last 13 meetings overall.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
BREEZE OR WHEEZE: Coach Steve Kerr has expressed some concern about the team’s conditioning level. On the second night of their first back-to-back set -- with the Warriors arriving at the hotel at 2:30 a.m. -- it could provide a glimpse of their progress. Kerr said he would consider resting one or two players. Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, both coming off injuries, would seem logical candidates.

GEORGIA VS. SPAIN: The Republic of Georgia’s Zaza Pachulia and Spain’s Marc Gasol know each other well, having spent years battling internationally and in the NBA. There will be no surprises, but Pachulia will have to avoid foul trouble to remain a part of his team’s defensive rotation against one of the league’s best big men.

HOT KLAY: Klay Thompson is off to a torrid start, shooting 11-of-18 from beyond the arc through the first two games. And now he won’t have to worry about Allen, who relished in opportunities to defend the Warriors All-Star. Memphis replaced Allen with Andrew Harrison, who is not in the Grindfather’s class as a defender.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

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Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

[POOLE: Unprompted remarks about wildfires show Klay isn't who you thought he was]

Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller