Frustration beginning to show with Warriors

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Frustration beginning to show with Warriors

OAKLAND There was a tangible feeling of frustration in theWarriors locker room after their 110-92 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies onWednesday.The Warriors got down big early in the game 21-4 ralliedto take the lead in the second quarter, and then got manhandled once again inthe second half.The Warriors are now 15-21 on the season and are fallingfurther and further down the Western Conference standings.Warriors coach Mark Jackson calledhis teams performance embarrassing, the third or fourth time hes used thatterm after a game this season. But he wasnt the only one disappointed.The teams leading scorer, Monta Ellis, left the locker roomin a hurry and didnt speak to the media.Dorell Wright, usually a player who will accommodate themedia after wins and losses, also wasnt in the speaking mood.When he was asked by a reporter what its going to take toturn around the Warriors season, Wright responded: Youre asking the wrongperson. I dont even know.Wrights minutes have been decreasing in recent weeks, andhe played only 10 minutes against the Grizzlies. Jackson has been trying plentyof different players and rotations, but hes failed to find one thatconsistently works. And the season is more than half over.Its going to be a tough task, guard Stephen Curry said ofmaking the playoffs. Because we have a lot of games to make up. We have to goon a run.But that seems unlikely at this point. The Warriors are 13thin the Western Conference standings, with four games and five teams betweenthem and the No. 8 spot.RELATED: NBA conference standings
Jackson and owner Joe Lacobs promise of the postseason islooking farfetched at this point, not that anyone seems to be giving up on that idea.Well, it lies with the first unit and that lies on me beingthe captain, David Lee said. I will take the responsibility.

Pau Gasol out indefinitely for Spurs after breaking finger in warmups

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Pau Gasol out indefinitely for Spurs after breaking finger in warmups

SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs center Pau Gasol is out indefinitely after breaking his left ring finger during pregame warmups Thursday night.

Gasol missed San Antonio's 118-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets. He was slated to start but left the court clutching his left hand before the national anthem. He had X-rays, which revealed a fractured finger on his non-shooting hand.

The team said there is no timeline for Gasol's return.

"We're going to look at it tomorrow," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said, "but he's going to be out for a while."

Gasol got hurt when he jammed his left hand against Kyle Anderson's shoulder while attempting a running hook.

"I don't know what happened," Anderson said before exiting the locker room after the game. "I don't know."

It was the first game Gasol missed due to injury this season. He sat out two games for rest.

The 7-foot center from Spain is in his 16th NBA season, but first with the Spurs after signing as a free agent following two seasons in Chicago. He is averaging 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds in 39 games.

San Antonio also was without point guard Tony Parker, a late scratch from the starting lineup as well. Parker was in uniform and on the bench, but sat out because of a sprained left foot.

Parker is expected to play Saturday in Cleveland.

"It has happened before where his ankle kind of gets locked up, so I think we know what we need to do for it and I think he'll be back for Cleveland," Popovich said.

Thunder's Kanter: Nobody deserves to start All-Star Game over Westbrook

Thunder's Kanter: Nobody deserves to start All-Star Game over Westbrook

Stephen Curry and James Harden will comprise the starting backcourt for the Western Conference in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. 

Russell Westbrook, who is leading the league with 21 triple-doubles and 30.6 points per game, will be coming off the bench, and it's not sitting well with teammate Enes Kanter.

Kanter tweeted on Thursday evening:

     Triple-Doubles

     All-Star starters (COMBINED)=19
     Russ=21

     Nobody deserves to start in the all star game over Russ.

Kanter, 24, has a history of making statements on Twitter. He trolled Kevin Durant this offseason after his former teammate elected to join the Warriors as a free agent. 

Kanter then talked trash to Durant from the bench when the Warriors defeated the Thunder 122-96 on Nov. 3 -- their first meeting since Durant switched jerseys.

"He was talking to me," Durant said after putting up 39 points in 31 minutes. "How many minutes did he play? ... Three minutes. It's kinda, you know... I'm trying to focus on whoever's on the court and he's trying to talk to me from the sideline. But I'm sure he'll put something on Twitter tonight."

The Warriors face the Thunder again this season on Saturday, Feb. 11 and Monday, March 20.