What makes Warriors go from super villains to far from golden


What makes Warriors go from super villains to far from golden

If it seems like the Golden State Warriors are hurt more often this year than they have been in the past, it isn’t actually so even though it seems like it. But because of new reporting requirements in which teams must produce a public injury report, the Warriors always seem to have more than their share, and half the time (21 games), a member of the Gang Of Four is on it.
Indeed, since Game 12 (November 8 v. Minnesota), Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have played together only 12 times, and only six times since Thanksgiving. In those games, they are 6-0, and 12-4 with at least one missing, so this is not a story about roster rot. Teams that play .818 ball have traditionally done well over time, having won six of the six available championships available to them.
Some of these are games in which they could play but were rested, and some actually had an injury that required tending. Wednesday’s 125-106 loss to the Lou Williams Clippers had a bit of each, with Klay Thompson on R&R and Stephen Curry with a freshly barked ankle, and the result caused head coach Steve Kerr great consternation because of lack of energy and shoddy defense.
It was also the eighth time in two years that some combination of Options C,D, G and T missed games together, and the Warriors are a very normalized 4-4 – 4-3 if you decide to throw out the now-infamous 2017 game in March which Kerr held out all four in San Antonio on the same night Gregg Popovich did without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs won by 22, and the two best players were Patty Mills and Ian Clark, if that helps you better comprehend.
The point? As Kerr is being more judicious about his lineups and the league is turning more conservative about player usage, the Warriors at full strength may no longer be a luxury they can afford until the mid-March push, by which time they will already be safely playoffed and maybe even top-seeded.
In the last four years, they are 14-4 without Green, 18-10 without Curry, 6-6 without Thompson and in the past two seasons 24-5 without Durant. That’s about a season’s worth of .735 basketball with one of them out, or still the one-seed in the West.
They just have to do what people of even average intelligence knew they have had to do since they first became the Warriors – improve their off-day and injury spacing. In short, they still are who we thought they were. 

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters


Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.