W's blow fourth-quarter lead, fall in Memphis


W's blow fourth-quarter lead, fall in Memphis

Grizzlies 98, Warriors 94Player of the game: O.J. Mayo came off the bench to score 19 points to lead the Grizzlies to a victory. It was the Grizzlies fourth win of the season over Golden State, sweeping the series.For the Warriors, it was their sixth consecutive loss, which is a season-high losing streak on the season.Key stretch: The Warriors led 86-74 with nine-plus minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Grizzlies ripped off 13 consecutive points to take the lead. Mayo had six points during the run.Conley returns: Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley missed Monday nights game with a sprained right ankle, but the Warriors werent so lucky Tuesday. Conley returned to the starting lineup against Golden State and was ridiculously efficient.Lee again: The Warriors led 24-20 after one period, and Lee was the player who most helped them get there. Lee had 10 points and four rebounds in the first quarter, and the Warriors seemed to make a conscientious effort to get him the ball as much as possible.That continued in the second quarter after Lee had gotten a little rest. Lee finished the first half with 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting and six rebounds.Lee finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and four assists.Bench contributes: The Warriors substitutes also contributed in the first half and were a big reason Golden State had the lead for much of it. The Warriors went into halftime tied 50-50 with the Grizzlies and their bench had 27 of those points.Brandon Rush and Nate Robinson had eight points each, and Richard Jefferson had seven points.No Gladness: Warriors center Mickell Gladness missed his second consecutive game because he was attending to family matters. Gladness was originally signed to a 10-day contract by the Warriors, and then was eventually signed for the rest of the regular season.

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


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.