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W's take 109-83 pounding in Houston

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W's take 109-83 pounding in Houston

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Rockets 109, Warriors 83Player of the game: Rookie small forward Chandler Parsons had 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, helping the Rockets win for the seventh time in a row over Golden State in Houston.
Key stretch: The Rockets opened the second half with a 10-0 run, which pushed a 56-47 halftime lead to 19. The Rockets maintained that lead for the most part through three quarters, taking an 84-67 lead into the fourth.Im very surprised, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. We are putting high demands on guys but at the same time we expect energy and effort and for some reason collectively we did not have it. Once again, we were dominated in the paint area. Weve got to find a way to battle. I know its asking guys to do a lot but weve got to be better.Thompson struggles: One night after scoring a career-high 27 points, rookie shooting guard Klay Thompson couldnt buy much from the field.Thompson scored just 10 points in 28 minutes on 4-for-11 shooting from the field. On Wednesday, against the Hornets in New Orleans, Thompson went 11-for-24 from the field.He didnt play well, Jackson said. From the opening tap, did not play well. And with rookies youre going to get it, but Im not going to accept it and neither should he.Flagrant Nate: Warriors point guard Nate Robinson was called for a Flagrant foul on Houstons Goran Dragic early in the third quarter. The play came after Dragic had picked Robinsons pocket in the frontcourt and went downcourt for a breakaway layup with Robinson chasing.Robinson came down hard on Dragics arms and then appeared to perhaps shove Dragic on the way down. But the officials ruled that not to be the case.In fact, the call was ruled a Flagrant 2 foul on the court, which would have meant a Robinson ejection. But after review, the officials downgraded the call to Flagrant 1, allowing Robinson to remain.Scola early: Scola put on a clinic in the first quarter, and, unfortunately, David Lee took the brunt of it. Scola had 10 points and four assists, helping Houston take a 30-18 lead after a period.On the other end, Scola pestered Lee into three turnovers and three misses in four attempts. Lee gathered himself and played a nice stretch of basketball in the second quarter. He got into halftime with eight points ad three rebounds.Lee finished with 12 points and five rebounds, while Scola had 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting and seven assists.The problem is we cannot have one great win or one highly intense game and then fall asleep the next or get outworked, Jackson said. Obviously the way were going to win games is to outwork people. Weve got to be the hardest working team on the floor every single night. We cant afford not to be because were not going to out-talent people right now.No factors: Both teams were playing shorthanded and dealing with injury. The Warriors were without Stephen Curry, Andrew Bogut and Andris Biedrins. The Rockets were missing Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin.

With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

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With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

After getting a rude “Welcome to the NBA” facial from Rockets guard Eric Gordon in his debut Tuesday night, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell stands to get a more legitimate baptism Friday night in New Orleans.

That’s where Pelicans All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be waiting, eager to abuse the new guy.

With starting power forward Draymond Green listed as doubtful with a strained left knee -- MRI test results were negative -- Bell can expect significant minutes when the Warriors and Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.

Aware Green’s availability is in question, Bell sees what’s ahead in Davis and Cousins, as they both possess skills that rank among the top five big men.

“I’m definitely excited about that,” Bell said Wednesday. “(They are) some of the best bigs in the league, so I’m definitely excited to get tested against that.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr generally avoids tinkering with his set rotations, in which case David West and JaVale McGee would continue to come off the bench at center. Of the other “bigs” on the roster, Bell is most likely to start if Green is unable.

Bell played 12 minutes in the opener, and they were in slots that typically go to McGee, who never left the bench against Houston. Citing the matchups created by the Rockets’ smallish lineups, Kerr opted for the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Bell over the 7-foot, 270-pound McGee.

That will change Friday, regardless of Green’s status, as both Bell and McGee will be needed against Davis and Cousins, both of whom possess wing spans over 7 feet. Only Bell is suited to play power forward or center, and the staff is coaching him at both positions.

“At the 4, I have to be more of a facilitator, like (Green) is,” Bell said. “Some plays (Kerr) has me doing the same things Draymond does. Sometimes he has me bring the ball up in practice. Calling plays, putting me in positions on the elbows to make the right pass, make the right read.

“When I’m at the 5, I have to be more of an aggressor, a more physical guy on the court, focusing on rebounding and finishing around the rim.”

It’s exceedingly rare for a second-round draft pick to start a game in his first week as an NBA player. The Warriors believe Bell can handle it. So in the case of Green being held out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rookie’s name is called.

 

Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

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Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

The Golden State Warriors and Dubnation have been holding their breath a bit awaiting the results of Draymond Green's MRI. 

They can breathe a little better now. 

According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative. 

Green left Tuesday's game against the Rockets one point shy of a triple double after 28 minutes of work. 

The Warriors were left in a defensive deficit in his absence and ultimatley lost to the Rockets 122-121. 

More to come...