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. 

Warriors set multiple franchise records in first quarter against Nuggets


Warriors set multiple franchise records in first quarter against Nuggets

The Warriors shot 7-of-29 from 3-point range in their road loss to the Denver Nuggets back on Oct. 21.

They fared much better Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center -- in the first quarter alone.

The Warriors set multiple new franchise records against the Nuggets Tuesday in a blistering first quarter that came to a close with the Dubs leading 51-38.

Golden State shot 10-of-14 from beyond the arc in the opening quarter, establishing a new franchise record for the most 3-pointers in a single quarter. Additionally, the 51 points were the most the Warriors have ever scored in the first quarter.

Stephen Curry led the way with four treys, while Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant each added three apiece.

The Warriors entered the game with the fourth-best 3-point shooting percentage in the league, and may be moving even further up that list after the first quarter Tuesday night.

Warriors vs. Nuggets: How to watch NBA game online on MyTeams

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Warriors vs. Nuggets: How to watch NBA game online on MyTeams

The Warriors carry their four-game winning streak into a road matchup with the Denver Nuggets Tuesday night, with first place in the West on the line.

Golden State (29-14) has been playing some of their best basketball of the season as of late, as a victory against the Nuggets would give the Warriors their second-longest winning streak of the year, and first of at least five games since the beginning of November.

Denver (29-13) has been arguably the biggest surprise in the NBA this season, as they've withstood numerous significant injuries while maintaining the top record in the Western Conference. They defeated the Warriors in their only prior matchup this season, a 100-98 Nuggets victory in the third game of the 2018-19 campaign.

Here's how you can watch Warriors-Nuggetss, as well as NBC Sports Bay Area's pregame and postgame coverage, live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app. 

When: 6:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 13 (pregame coverage starts at 5:00 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

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