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Warriors takeaways: What we learned in tough 111-104 loss to Pistons

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in tough 111-104 loss to Pistons


SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors have, for the most part, played much better defense in recent weeks, digging out of the NBA basement in that area.

They reverted to those leaky times Saturday night at Chase Center and were victimized, 111-104, by the diminished and reeling Detroit Pistons.

Though the Warriors (9-28) were close in rebounding and their ball movement generally was good, they allowed a Pistons team (13-23) missing three starters -- including All-Star forward Blake Griffin -- to shoot 51.8 percent from the field and take their second win in the last 10 games.

Here are three takeaways from a game in which Glenn Robinson III shot 1 of 11 and Draymond Green was so disgusted that he invited two technical fouls in the third quarter, prompting an automatic ejection:

Burks continues to produce

He is involved in trade talks most every day, and he’s being scouted by multiple NBA teams.

Yet Alec Burks continues to come to work and quietly do positive things on the court. This is why other teams are trying to pry him away -- and why the Warriors keep listening.

For the 17th time in 19 games, Burks scored in double figures, putting in a game-high 27 points, shooting 5 of 13 from the field, 3 of 5 from deep and, most impressively, 14 of 14 from the free-throw line. This was his fifth game over this span with at least 20 points and the 10th time this season with at least 20.

After starting the previous two games, Burks played 31 minutes off the bench Saturday. He added seven rebounds and five assists.

The Warriors can study trade proposals all the way up to the Feb. 6 deadline. As long as Burks stays healthy, thrives in key moments and maintains his production, his value will remain high.

Jordan Poole is back in the league

After a terrific three-game stint with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League, rookie guard Jordan Poole returned to the NBA and suited up for the first time in a week.

Poole missed his first shot, air-balling a 3-pointer from the right wing early in the second quarter. The 20-year-old Michigan product recovered to make his next, swishing a pull-up jumper to give the Warriors a 36-35 lead with 8:23 left in the half.

Playing 18 minutes, Poole finished with four points, on 2-of-5 shooting from the field, including 0 of 3 beyond the arc. He also had two assists and two steals, showing a heightened awareness on defense.

In three games with Santa Cruz, Poole averaged 26.0 points, shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from deep.

Spellman re-enters the rotation

With Willie Cauley-Stein returning to the starting lineup after a two-game absence due to illness, coach Steve Kerr again had a three-man rotation at center.

It was a bit of a surprise, though, that Omari Spellman was part of that group.

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Spellman’s minutes had tumbled before he played 22 minutes Thursday at Minnesota. He had played a total of 25 minutes over the previous six games, with one DNP-CD.

On this night, the 6-8, 255-pound Villanova product made an impact, scoring 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, including 4 of 4 from deep -- in just 20 minutes. He also snagged five rebounds and four steals.

At this rate, he’s likely to find himself back in the rotation.

Steve Kerr worried President Trump leading America into 'another war'

Steve Kerr worried President Trump leading America into 'another war'

SAN FRANCISCO -- Like many Americans, Warriors coach Steve Kerr is disgusted with the United States’ use of military aggression this week, concerned about its ramifications and profoundly skeptical of the premise stated by President Donald Trump.

“I’m worried that we’re going to end up in another war,” Kerr said before the Warriors-Pistons game Saturday night at Chase Center.

“So, I try to use my Twitter platform to remind people to do their homework before just blindly waving the flag and get ourselves into another mess, like we did in Iraq.”

President Trump on Friday ordered, before notifying Congress, an airstrike that resulted in killing Gen. Qassim Soleimani, a top military commander in Iran.

Shortly after Soleimani’s death was confirmed, Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, vowed revenge, to which the U.S. responded by sending 3,000 troops into the Middle East.

Kerr, who has been an outspoken critic of President Trump’s conduct, referred to the attack via Twitter eight times Friday.

“We have to be very careful now with what we’re being told,” Kerr said. “If we’re led into another war, the implications for so many families, so many people, are so drastic that we all need to understand what’s happening and support our troops by making sure we press our government to do the right thing.”

Kerr specifically recalled two of the occasions in which American citizens were “misled by our government,” citing wars in Vietnam and Iraq.

Roughly 18 months after the 9/11 terrorist attack on U.S. soil, President George W. Bush initiated the war in Iraq, gaining support by exploiting the wave of patriotism that followed the attack. There was not, however, any evidence of Iraqi involvement.

With Iran in the midst of three days of national mourning, demonstrators denouncing the airstrike and the State Department urging American citizens to leave the region, the message from the Trump White House is that the airstrike was a necessary preemptive move to repel a potential terrorist attack against the U.S.

Kerr said he supports the veterans but also urges Americans to look deeper than simple, seductive messages from the government.

“What would be even more supportive is to not get involved and not send soldiers overseas to unwinnable, unnecessary wars in the first place,” Kerr said. “That’s how we can best support our men and women who are representing us.”

Warriors vs. Pistons watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage


Warriors vs. Pistons watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- When the Warriors and Pistons meet Saturday at Chase Center, it will be a battle of teams trying to snap three-game losing streaks. And that’s not all.

Both teams are deeply afflicted with injuries, and both front offices are deeply involved in trade talks -- except not with each other.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30, with tipoff scheduled for 5:30.

Buried in the cellar of the Western Conference, the Warriors (9-27) are trying to win despite the absence of three All-Stars while also contemplating trades that might bolster the roster in future seasons.

With All-Star forward Blake Griffin and three other rotations players fighting coping with injuries, the Pistons (12-23) have lost eight of their last nine games and, according to multiple reports, are considering trading All-Star center Andre Drummond.

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F  Tony Snell
F  Sekou Doumbouya
C  Andre Drummond
G  Svi Mykhailiuk
G  Tim Frazier


F  Glenn Robinson III
F  Draymond Green
C  Marquese Chriss
G  Damion Lee
G  Alec Burks


Pistons: F Blake Griffin (left knee soreness), G Reggie Jackson (left lumbar spine stress reaction), F Luke Kennard (Bilateral knee patella tendinitis), F Markieff Morris (left foot sprain) and G Khyri Thomas (right foot surgery) are listed as out.

Warriors: C Willie Cauley-Stein (Flu-like symptoms) is listed as questionable. G Stephen Curry (left hand fracture), C/F Kevon Looney (left abdominal soreness), G D’Angelo Russell (right shoulder contusion) and G Klay Thompson (right ACL rehab) are listed as out. G Jordan Poole is on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors.


Pistons: Drummond, in his eighth season, is averaging a team-high 17.6 ppg and leads the NBA in rebounding at 15.8 pg ...The most surprising development has been the revival of PG Derrick Rose. He has played in 29 of 35 games (only one start) and is providing punch off the bench, averaging 16.7 ppg, while shooting 48.4 pct. from the field ... Behind Rose, the top reserve has been G Langston Galloway (11.0 ppg, 26.1 mpg) and F Christian Wood (9.5 ppg, 16.3 mpg, 61.1 pct. FG). The two have combined to make six starts ... Generally considered a defensive specialist, Snell is shooting a team-best 42.2 pct. from beyond the arc ... The Pistons are 0-12 in games in which opponents shoot at least 50 pct. from the field ... This is the fourth of a six-game road trip, with the Pistons playing at least once in all four American time zones for the first time since 1979. They have lost their last four road games.

Warriors: After shooting a season-low 15.0 percent from deep at Minnesota on Thursday, the Warriors are position to heat up. Detroit is 26th in defending the arc (37.3 percent) and 24th in overall defensive rating ... Lee has scored in double figures in seven of the last eight games and over the last 10 is shooting 42.5 pct. from deep while also averaging 7.1 rebounds ... Burks continues to be a coveted commodity in trade. He has scored in double figures in 16 of the last 18 games, averaging 16.2 ppg over that span ... After missing the first six weeks with an ankle sprain and joining the team before Christmas, rookie F Alen Smailagic is in the rotation, averaging 12.6 mpg. Until the roster regains health, he’s likely to continue to get playing time ... The Jordan Poole Watch: In three games (all starts) with G-League Santa Cruz, the rookie SG is averaging 26.0 points, shooting 46.3 pct. from the field and 42.3 pct. from deep. He has regained his stroke.

Officials: Tre Maddox (crew chief), JT Orr, Leon Wood.