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Warriors down Suns on Monta's game-winner, 106-104

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Warriors down Suns on Monta's game-winner, 106-104

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Warriors 106, Suns 104Player of the game: Monta Ellis had 26 points and six assists and hit the games biggest bucket, a contested jumper over Grant Hill with one second remaining to give the Warriors a 106-104 victory.It was great defense, Ellis said of the game-winner. But better offense. I had to concentrate and make that shot. It felt good when it left my hand.The win snapped a 13-game losing streak at Phoenix for the Warriors. Their last win there was in 2005.Key play: With the game tied 104-104 and 24 seconds remaining, the Warriors set up for one final possession. Ellis dribbled the ball at the top of the circle with Hill on him and went right.Hill had him smothered, but Ellis made a pivot and then hit a tough fadeaway from about 18 feet away to give the Warriors the win.On the games final play, Channing Frye got open from the 3-point line, but missed on a potential game-winner.Curry foot tweak: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry tweaked his right foot late in the first quarter on Monday. Curry sustained the injury while he was leading a fastbreak and trying to finish at the rim.Curry got to the bucket, but appeared to injure the right foot while coming down. Warriors coach Mark Jackson put Curry back into the game late in the second quarter, but as he walked to the locker room at halftime, Curry seemed to be favoring the foot.Curry didnt play in the second half and wound up with nine points in just 10 minutes. The injury was called a tendon strain in Currys foot. X-rays were negative.Said Jackson: He just tweaked his foot a little bit. Hes going to get checked out. Im not an expert but the right thing to do was shut him down, take advantage of the rest (over All-Star weekend).Udoh reinjured: Warriors power forward Ekpe Udoh, who bruised his left knee during Mondays game against the Clippers, banged the knee again on Wednesday night.Udoh brushed the knee against Sebastian Telfairs knee in the second quarter and came up limping. The Warriors called the injury a left knee contusion, though Udoh returned in the second half.Ekpe wasnt 100 percent, Jackson said. At halftime he said he was OK, but obviously he wasnt himself.
Wright back on track: Dorell Wright entered Wednesdays game against Phoenix having missed 13 consecutive shots over the previous two games. Wright was 0-for-7 from the field against Memphis and then followed that up with an 0-for-6 against the L.A. Clippers on Monday.Wright made four of his first five shots against Phoenix, scoring 11 points through 24 minutes, helping lead the Warriors to a 59-45 halftime lead.Wright finished 23 points on 7-for-11 from the field.

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

First, there was #ChinaKlay.

Now, there is #FakeKlay.

In case you missed it, a Klay Thompson lookalike was seated behind the Warriors bench during their season-opening loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. He had the full jersey, the facial hair and the cadence.

A day later, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about #FakeKlay and he used it as an opportunity to state that he felt his players were out of shape.

"I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning as a team," Kerr told the media in Oakland. "I turned around and was like 'Klay, did you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?' That was great. I love that guy."

So Kerr is definitely a fan of #FakeKlay. No word yet if the real Klay has met #FakeKlay. We'll let you know if they do cross paths.

Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern

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Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern

OAKLAND -- Sidelined with a back strain, Andre Iguodala spent Tuesday night “yelling at the TV more than I normally do” as the Warriors labored through an uneven performance before blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.

So there was Iguodala, this time with his teammates, sitting before a monitor Wednesday as coach Steve Kerr review the horror show that was a 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets.

“We only did about a half-hour on the floor, mostly skill work,” Kerr said after the light practice. “Watched a lot of video.

“That game was a weird game because we were shooting the ball well and scoring enough to win. But we never had control of it the way we normally have control of a game, with defense and toughness.”

Though the Warriors were hampered by injuries -- Iguodala being out, while Draymond Green and Omri Casspi were hurt during the game -- beyond their control, there was at least one thing they believe they can fix immediately.

They can avoid some of the fouls, particularly those that are mindless.

That’s the trap Stephen Curry fell into, picking up three fouls in the first four minutes. That he was limited to 30 minutes, and only 18 through the first three quarters, had an impact on the playing rotation and was a factor in the loss.

“The only thing I’m worried about with him is just those little fouls,” Iguodala said. “Because when he’s on the court, no matter if he’s scoring or not, he’s making life easier for everyone else.”

Kerr after the game cited conditioning as an issue and elaborated on the subject Wednesday.

“Conditioning is not just physical. It’s mental, too,” he said. “We were not ready, mentally, to play that game, even when we weren’t tired early in the game.

“There were other lapses, too. After made baskets, transition threes for them we neglected to pick up. That’s not physical conditioning. That’s mental conditioning. That’s where we need to get better. And we will.”

The Warriors will be wounded in more ways than one when they board their flight to New Orleans Thursday morning. They’ll have some achy players, for sure, but they’ll also have a 0-1 record.

“I feel like losses have this huge effect on us that usually benefits us,” Iguodala said.