Warriors fall in Phoenix 102-91


Warriors fall in Phoenix 102-91


PHOENIX The Warriors played their first road game of the season on Monday, and let the game against the Suns get away late. All in all, the Warriors couldnt make up for the loss of David Lee, who missed the game because of illness, and the play of Stephen Curry, foul-plagued much of the game.Suns 102, Warriors 91Star of the game: Steve Nash. He certainly wasnt spectacular, but he did enough to help the Suns win the game. His 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining gave the Suns an 11-point lead and was pretty much the official dagger. Nash finished with 21 points and nine assists, including 13 points in the fourth period.Key stretch: After the Warriors ripped off eight straight points to start the second half and go up 55-51 things came apart. The Suns then went on a 19-6 run, which was fueled in some part by the absence of Curry, who sat most of the quarter after picking up his fourth foul.Curry played just 23 minutes, finishing with 10 points, two assists and five fouls, at least two of the needless variety.Gambling, is how Warriors coach Mark Jackson answered when asked about the foul trouble. Hes got to be smarter. Youre a key player and you pick up an early foul or two fouls and you have to make the adjustment. You cant pick up another one, and hes done that and its hurt us.Reboundingturnover issues: The Warriors defense wasnt bad, holding the Suns to 44.8 percent shooting from the field. But it was two old enemies that bit Golden State on Monday: Rebounding and turnovers.The Warriors committed 17 turnovers, leading to 18 Suns points and were outrebounded 49-36.Disappointing loss, Jackson said. You shoot 50 percent on the road and you should come out with a win. You put teams on the foul line, you turn the basketball over and you give them 16 offensive rebounds, thats a recipe for disaster.Jackson irked: Jackson didnt single any player out by name, but you got the feeling he wasnt happy with some of his players.Said Jackson: I understand its a process, but its a 66-game season and we need to speed up the process. I will find guys that are playing well, competing and executing the game plan. And if that means playing five guys 48 minutes, I will. They will tell me how many guys should play by their performance. Just a disappointing loss.
No Lee: For the third consecutive game, the Warriors were without a key starter in a game. Lee missed Mondays game with an illness. He spent part of the day at a hospital, getting an IV.On Wednesday, the Warriors played without point guard Stephen Curry because of a sprained right ankle. On Saturday, they were missing shooting guard Monta Ellis, who was back in Mississippi at his grandmothers funeral.Ellis finished with 18 points and 11 assists.We missed David, but you have to go out there and do it, Ellis said. We did an excellent job. We played great defense. We just couldnt get the rebounds and they made shots at the end of the game.Road gets tougher: The Warriors entered Mondays game having lost 12 in a row in Phoenix to the Suns. Next up are the Spurs on Wednesday in San Antonio, a place where the Warriors have lost 26 straight times. Then its the Lakers on Friday, where the Warriors have lost 15 of their past 16.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts


Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

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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

Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins


Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.

History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.


Warriors by 8.5


Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.


Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.


The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.


THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?

DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.

ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.