Hey All! Im working the WarriorsMavericks game tonightsort of. Usually, a Warriors home game is long (and pretty fun!) day for me. Today, not so much. My day usually starts first thing in the morning with a read of all the game previews available on the internet. I also peruse the team reports that the Warriors email to the media. From that, I create a dossier for that nights game that I email to my phone. It helps me come up with relevant and timely questions for my 10:45 visit to morning shoot-around at the Warriors Oakland Practice facility. It also gives me nuggets of information that I can use in my pre and postgame live shots. (ex. The Warriors tonight faced the NBAs highest scoring teamand shut them down!) Shootaround is a chance for me and the other media members assembled to interview Mark Jackson and a player or two. This is the sound that I usually build my pregame live shots around for early Sports Net Central and for Warriors Pregame live. In between shootaround and live shot time in the 6 pm show, Ive got to prepare for my three in-game live shots. I get the topics emailed to me between 11 and noon from the outstanding Warriors game producer, Phil Pollicino. Sometimes the hits are pretty straight forward and easy to write (ex. David Lee has been great..). Sometimes, theyre fairly complicated. This is particularly true when Im dealing with an NBA special program like NBA Green Week. In such situations, theres a lot of information to disseminateand only :30 to :40 seconds in which to disseminate it! I can feel this getting bogged down into the extreme minutia of my day. Ill just say from here that a usual Warriors home game day for me starts at least at 8 am and usually is pretty non-stop until I do my postgame live shot at around 10:45 pm. But dont cry for me; I really enjoy these days! Im a basketball junkie! I follow the game; I play a couple hours of full court every Tuesday and Thursday morning (starting at 6:30 am!). And, I love the people that I meet and interact with at these games from the Warriors players and coaches to the rival broadcasters and coaches to all of the great, hardworking ushers and security staffers to the regular fans Ive had a chance to get to know over this season. Being the Warriors sideline reporter is great funa true feel good experience! So, nowall of that is to illustrate the point that today will be different: --No morning shoot-around (so I cant get my sound for my live shot until Coach Jacksons pregame press conference at 6) --No Pregame Live or in-game live shots (TNT has tonights game, so we are not broadcasting it) The only time youll see me today is in the early and late Sports Net Central shows. With less to do today, Ill try to get ahead in some other things Im working onand during the game, if theres a injury situation or some other surprise happening, Ill work to find out whats happening and tweet it to you. In fact, expect lots of tweets from me during tonights game!Dont forgetif you see me at Oracle, say hi!
OAKLAND – Scorching the nets with a season-best 62.8-percent shooting, the Warriors rolled to a 138-109 rout of the Phoenix Suns before a sellout crowd Saturday night at Oracle Arena.
Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry with 31 points. Klay Thompson poured in 26 points, Kevin Durant had 20, while David West and JaVale McGee came off the bench for 11 each, season highs for both.
Forwards Draymond Green and Durant had quietly monstrous games. Green put up nine points, a game-high 13 assists, five rebounds and three steals. In addition to his scoring, Durant also submitted eight assists, four rebounds and three blocks.
The Warriors (17-3) recorded 37 assists, the 14th time they have reached at least 30. No other team has done it more than four times.
Guards Eric Bledsoe (27 points) and Devin Booker (21) combined for 48 points to lead Phoenix (6-14) scorers.
This night belonged to many Warriors, but mostly to Curry and Thompson.
Curry’s line: 31 points (10-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-7 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line), two rebounds, two assists and a steal. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-15.
Thompson’s line: 26 points (10-of-17, 6-of-7), five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He played 34 minutes and was plus-24.
When the Suns took a 26-25 lead on an Alex Len dunk with 2:57 left in the first quarter, the Warriors responded with a 25-4 run that yielded a 48-30 lead with 9:25 remaining the second quarter.
When Phoenix battled back, getting as close as eight (68-60) early in the second half, the Warriors recovered with a 15-4 run to go up 19 (83-64) with 7:07 left in the third quarter.
The Suns drew no closer than 20 in the fourth quarter.
Warriors: No injuries listed. C Anderson Varejao was a healthy inactive. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the D-League.
Suns: F T.J. Warren (head injury) was listed as out. F Derrick Jones Jr. is on assignment with Northern Arizona of the D-League.
The Warriors return to action Monday night, when they face the Indiana Pacers at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.
OAKLAND – Warriors coach Steve Kerr walked into his pregame news conference Saturday afternoon, and before a question could be asked, reached out to the victims and families affected by the deadly Oakland fire.
“I want to start out today and offer our condolences to the victims of the Oakland fire,” Kerr said. “It’s just a devastating tragedy right here in the East Bay. It’s hard to comprehend. As an organization, we want to send our thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families, their friends and people who were injured.
“I don’t know if it means a whole lot – I should say I know it can’t cure the pain – but we’re thinking of you and the whole organization, the team and everybody here at Oracle tonight, when we have a moment of silence. We’re all with you out there, and we’re all devastated today.”
The fire occurred in a warehouse in the Fruitvale district, a couple miles from Oracle Arena. Early reports indicated at least nine fatalities, with as many as several dozen more still possible.
The Warriors not only had a moment of silence before the game against the Phoenix Suns, but also pledged a donation of $50,000 to support those affected by the fire.
“When a tragedy of this magnitude hits this close to home, we feel it’s imperative to do our small part to help our community and those impacted,” said team president and COO Rick Welts. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and friends during this incredibly difficult time.”