Warriors: deal is 'great news'


Warriors: deal is 'great news'

The NBA has been out of business sinceJuly 1 in other words, 149 days but it looks like it will be coming to anarena near you soon. The owners and players reached a deal early Saturdaymorning, meaning there will be regular-season games on Dec. 25.

"We're very pleased we've come this far," NBA commissioner David Stern said. "There's still a lot of work to be done."
The league will play a 66-game schedule,with the Warriors season-opener likely to come on Dec. 26 after threenationally televised Christmas day games.Training camps and free agency areslated to begin on Dec. 9.RATTO: More shame than celebration
The Warriors organization released astatement Saturday afternoon:
The tentative agreement is great news for ourfans, players and our organization. We are very hopeful the NBA will be back onthe court on Christmas Day.
Nothing is formal, but the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is expected to have the following provisions:- A full mid-level exception for up to four years, starting at 5 million that can be used by non-tax paying teams above the salary cap.
- A "mini" mid-level for tax-paying teams that's worth 2.5 million per season.
- A basketball-related income range of 49-51 percent, with the players getting closer to 51 percent.
- A 10 percent escrow tax withheld from players salary.RELATED: The latest NBA labor news"We thought it was in both of our interest to try to reach a resolution and save the game," union executive director Billy Hunter said.
NBA owners, general managers and coaches had been forbidden from talking about the lockout or players since July 1.The Warriors, in observance of that, sent an e-mail to reporters early Saturday that contained the following:As an FYI. We are still under lockout rules and cannot comment on anything until the NBA gives us the green light. (We) have no idea if that will be one day or four days, but we will keep you posted.RELATED: CSNNewEngland.com -- NBA lockout Q&A

Without Green, Iguodala, fourth quarter turns into disaster for Warriors vs Rockets

Without Green, Iguodala, fourth quarter turns into disaster for Warriors vs Rockets

OAKLAND -- The defending champion Warriors started cracking in the hours before tipoff Tuesday night and broke apart when they usually come together.

The fourth quarter was a disaster area and it cost the Warriors, as the Houston Rockets wiped out a 13-point deficit and tagged them with a 122-121 loss before a stunned sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

So ends, as it should, the spurious notion of a rubber-stamp championship for the Warriors. A strain here and a tweak there and they found themselves on the painful end of the score.

The Warriors learned prior to the game that forward Andre Iguodala, their valuable Sixth Man, would be out nursing a strained back. They were hit with another injury, this one to Draymond Green, who was highly effective, late in the third quarter.

“He was our best player tonight,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He was the guy who was bringing the energy and the life.”

Green’s numbers -- 9 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists -- barely hint at his value in this game. Green and Iguodala are the primary defensive communicators, and Green held it down fairly well -- until he, too, was gone.

“Our communication wasn’t very good and we didn’t stick to the game plan; we gave them too many wide-open threes,” said Klay Thompson, who scored 11 first-quarter points but only 5 over the final three.

“We did a good job in the half-court of keeping them in front,” said Kevin Durant, who also scolded himself for committing eight turnovers. “But in transition we got cross-matched so many times and we just didn’t communicate well enough.”

Games aren’t always lost in the fourth, despite the frequent narrative, but this one most assuredly was. With Green in the locker room accompanied by ice, the Warriors were outscored 34-20 in the fourth quarter.

After shooting 45.8 percent through three quarters, the Rockets took it to 56 percent in the fourth, closing the game on a 13-5 run over the final 4:01.

The Warriors don’t yet know when Green and Iguodala will return, whether it’s as soon as Friday at New Orleans or a matter of weeks. Until they do, Kerr will have to resort to patching things together.

Problem is, aside from the scoring of Nick Young (23 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 6-of-7 from deep) and Jordan Bell (8 points on 4-of-5 shooting in 12 minutes), the bench did not distinguish itself.

That was particularly true on defense, which happen to be where Iguodala and Green make their greatest impact. The reserves accounted for 13 of the 25 fouls called on the Warriors.

“We’ve got to be better,” Durant said. “We’ve got to be better, and we’re looking forward to practice Wednesday.”

D'Antoni claps back at Draymond, Warriors after Rockets' 122-121 win

D'Antoni claps back at Draymond, Warriors after Rockets' 122-121 win

Draymond Green usually gets the last word.

Not this time.

"Somebody said we don't take it seriously on defense. Well obviously they don't take it seriously either," Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said after the Rockets knocked off the Warriors 122-121 on Tuesday night., according to Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Phil Barber.

The jab stems from Green's comments after practice on Monday.

"You should believe that. I'm turning over a new leaf. Number 1 -- they want it to be a shootout, which is fine. But we're gonna play some defense. We score pretty well, but we're a damn good defensive team, too. So we're gonna play some defense.

"I don't know how serious they take defense with that comment, but I know they added some good defensive players," Green told reporters Monday.

Green won't get his next shot at D'Antoni and the Rockets until January 4 in Houston.