A day later, Jenkins' breakout game 'doesn't matter'

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A day later, Jenkins' breakout game 'doesn't matter'

Charles Jenkins showed up to Warriors practice on Mondayafter scoring a career-high 27 points the night before and he was the same,old Charles Jenkins.Which is about what youd figure.If theres one thing Jenkins has been since Day 1 of trainingcamp, its consistent. The rookie point guard has put in his time, kept hismouth shut, done what the coach has asked, and, finally, on Sunday against theBlazers had a breakout offensive game.In the NBA, you cant get satisfied, said Jenkins, whowent 13-for-22 from the floor and handed out six assists in the 90-87 loss toPortland. One thing I know about the NBA is whatever you did yesterday, itdoesnt matter. It was great, but we still lost. Cant get satisfied withthat. There were things I could have done in the game that could have helped uswin. If we would have won, my mood would be a little better today.REWIND: Warriors spoil career night from Jenkins, fall in Portland
One of the things Jenkins could have done is get theWarriors a better shot on the games final possession. With Portland crowdingthe 3-point line in the games final seconds, Jenkins couldnt make much happenand was forced to take a contested 3-pointer with the game on the line. It waswell short.The good news for Jenkins is hell likely get another chanceTuesday against the Lakers. Nate Robinson, who had been starting at the point,is suffering from a strained right hamstring.That injury helped put Jenkins into the starting lineupagainst Portland and its likely to funnel more minutes Jenkins way againstL.A. When Jenkins has gotten into games in the past, hes mostly tried to playit safe. Hes taken shots when there, but mostly been a facilitator andfacilitator only on offense.Against the Blazers, Jenkins who is averaging 3.5 pointsper game -- was more aggressive than he had been at any point thisseason.At the beginning of the game, coach told me to have fun andplay basketball, Jenkins said. A lot had to do with that conversation. Aswell as Steph (Curry) telling me Nate is hurt, Im hurt if you make amistake theres a good chance you wont come out of the game.And he didnt, but for eight minutes, and finished with acareer-high 40 minutes.Nobody, of course, is jumping the gun when it comes to howgood Jenkins can be. Hes still a combo guard trying to learn the nuances ofthe point guard position.But if there were concerns before Sunday night that Jenkinscould even play in the league, some of those concerns should be lessened.Jenkins isnt yet ready to challenge Curry for the starting point guard rolenext season. But the question is: Can he be Currys backup?Absolutely, its a realistic goal, Jackson said. Heshould do everything he feels hes got to do to put himself in that position. Its a doable goal. If Im him,Im thinking Ive got to come in bigger, better, stronger, more complete andgive myself a chance to get those minutes that are there no matter who isbattling against me.

Draymond laughs at Jazz coach Quin Snyder: 'Like bro ... just chill'

Draymond laughs at Jazz coach Quin Snyder: 'Like bro ... just chill'

The Warriors left Utah with a 106-99 victory over the Jazz.

With 9.3 seconds remaining and the Warriors up by eight points, Kevin Durant was hit with a technical foul.

Draymond Green walked over to Durant and started laughing. Why?

"We were laughing at Quinn Snyder who kept calling timeouts," Draymond told reporters after the game. "Like bro, you're down 10 with six seconds left, it's kinda over my man."

[POOLE: Warriors fight off fatigue & complacency, win 'weird game' in Utah]

After Zaza Pachulia missed two free throws with the Warriors ahead by 11 and 1:05 remaining, the Jazz got the rebound and immediately called timeout.

After Draymond made one of two free throws with 49.4 seconds left to make it 104-94, Utah called another timeout.

After Steph Curry made a free throw to give the Warriors an eight-point lead with 9.3 seconds left, Quin Snyder used his final timeout.

Warriors play-by-play broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald said: "Utah is gonna use another time out. Quin Snyder is just practicing game-ending situations."

Analyst Jim Barnett responded with: "Absolutely, that's what he's doing."

"Just let us go to the restaurant and have a good dinner; just chill," Draymond added. "That's what we were laughing at. Nothing about the tech ... that was funny. But that's all it was."
 

Warriors fight off fatigue & complacency, win 'weird game' in Utah

Warriors fight off fatigue & complacency, win 'weird game' in Utah

The Warriors smelled trouble from the moment they left Los Angeles for their overnight flight to Salt Lake City, where on Thursday night, precisely 20 hours after they disposed of the Clippers in LA, they would face the Utah Jazz.

The Jazz announced Wednesday that four players – including three starters – would be out with injuries.

Trap Game, eh? It’s not a clich√©, not in today’s NBA, where the schedule is both unforgiving and remorseless.

And then on Thursday morning the Warriors received information that a fourth Utah starter, leading scorer Gordon Hayward, also would not be available.

With one healthy Jazz starter greeting the hottest team in the league, the Warriors caught a slight whiff of Eau de Upset. Acutely aware they were facing a severely shorthanded squad the Warriors swallowed hard and went immediately for the blowout.

They failed. Though they would win their 16th of 17 games and run their record to 20-3 by silencing the Jazz, 106-99, the Warriors also got a reminder that severely patchwork teams tend to bring the fight.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Stephen Curry told reporters at Vivint Smart Home Arena, “but got a win.”

Oh, it was beautiful early. The Warriors running and gunning and smothering Utah, taking a 29-5 lead barely eight minutes into the game and holding a 65-46 advantage at the half. They were achieving their goal of quickly opening this gift of a game to allow their starters to watch most of the second half.

Rarely is it that easy under these circumstances, and this would not be an exception. When patchwork NBA teams accept that winning is not an option, they set about avoiding embarrassment.

With a 12-0 run in the middle of the third quarter, the Jazz cut the deficit to nine (73-64), and when the Warriors steadied themselves to go up 14 (80-66) with 2:45 left in the third, the Jazz fashioned a 13-4 run to narrow it to 84-79.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr blamed it on a “lack of focus,” which is a symptom of presuming victory.

“Our first quarter was great; we pushed the ball. Our defensive intensity was fantastic and then we let down,” Kerr said. “We started turning it over with some careless, purposeless plays. We didn’t really have an idea of what we were trying to accomplish and then some defensive mistakes like not getting out on their shooters, and they took advantage.”

Outscoring the Warriors 53-41 in the second half, the Jazz – playing without Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood and George Hill – made the vastly superior team sweat.

“They obviously played with a lot of energy,” said Curry, who scored a game-high 26 points. “They didn’t fold and we got a little stagnant on offense, it happens, but you just got to be able to finish the game out. The way we started gave us an opportunity to withstand their run and never really have the game out of hand.”

Kevin Durant ensured there would be no upset, performing the closeout with an 11-point fourth quarter. He scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half.

“Just tried to be aggressive,” Durant said. “I didn’t do a good job attacking throughout the game. I thought that was a good opportunity for me to attack. I got to the free throw line and that got me going. I got some dunks, a few cuts and Steph [Curry] helped me out as well.

“It was a weird game. It was a grind out game. We started off so well and then a three-pointer got them back in the game. They played physical later on the game and were able to take us out of our game a little bit, but we kept fighting and we got a good win on a back-to-back.”

In defeating the Jazz, the Warriors also held off two more formidable foes: fatigue and complacency. There are nights, and this was one of them, when the path to victory requires beating all three.