Mark Jackson talks all things Warriors


Mark Jackson talks all things Warriors

Warriors coach Mark Jackson met with the media on Wednesdayin advance of training camp, which begins on Tuesday. Jackson addressed avariety of subjects.Here is some of what Jackson said:On feeling more pressure this year to win:Jackson: For me, whatever I do theres pressure.Theres always pressure on myself to be better and to be efficient. So I dont Pressure is my mindset. I dont care who Im coaching, the pressure is alwaysgoing to be to win. Certainly we have a better basketball team. I dont runfrom it; I embrace it.On who will start at small forward: HarrisonBarnes, Brandon Rush or Richard Jefferson:Jackson: I really dont know. Ultimately, I thinkyou roll the ball out there. You let those guys decide who starts. At the endof the day, its important it doesnt mean whos the best player, its whatmakes us better as a team. Ill make that decision going forward and watchingthem as a unit. But right now I dont have an answer for you who my startingsmall forward is.On whether the Warriors can still be a running teamwith David Lee at power forward and Andrew Bogut at center:Jackson: I would argue that David Lee is a greatrunner. I would say we have a great rebounder in (Andrew) Bogut and four guys who canrun above average for their position. I would say were better to run becausewere a better rebounding team. Each guy rebounds their position well.I would say running more and when you have the weapons thatwe have offensively, the best way to attack a defense is when theyre not set.Were not going to be a slow-down offensive team.On Andrew Boguts status:Jackson: Hopefully hes ready Day 1. He makes usa better basketball team. Without him, it hurts us. Having one of the top fivecenters certainly makes us better. Thats really not important (if Bogut isntready for the start of training camp Tuesday). In the big picture, we need himwhen were playing for real. If hes healthy come Tuesday, great. Hesworking out and hes doing all the strength and conditioning with the trainerand coaches as he can. Hes getting closer and closer.On the competition at backup center between AndrisBiedrins and Festus Ezeli:Jackson: We will let that play out in trainingcamp. Im impressed with Festus and what hes done since we drafted him. Hesbeen very good in the summer league, very good in workouts. Hes been here allsummer. He works his tail off and gotten better. Hes made a statement by beinghere. That hasnt gone unnoticed.I would certainly love to have Andrew Bogut in the startingfive but I feel comfortable with what Festus can do. Hell have to earn it, buthes done everything Ive asked him to do and he wants it. I dont have toguess whether hes committed to this thing, whether he buys in or whether hessaving some chips. Hes all in. Its good to see because thats what you buildwinning teams around guys that have that attitude.On whether hell be more creative with this yearsteam than he was with last years team:Jackson: I think when you look on the floor, theweapons we have, you dont really have to be creative. Those guys can score. Ifyou look at the great coaches or the great teams, theres nothing creativeabout throwing the ball to Michael Jordan on the foul line or Kobe on the wing Thats not creative. Thats just some bad boys getting it done when it mattersmost.It puts us in a better position because we certainly haveweapons and weve added depth. Now, coming off the bench, theres nodrop-off.We have guys at every position now that on any given nightcan outplay the best in the world. If Klay Thompson gets 25 points on Im notgoing to name anybody its not a shock. If Stephen Curry outplays the bestpoint guard in the world, its not a shock. Same thing with our center, powerforward and whoever our small forward is going to be. We can play with the bestin the world at every position.

Secret weapon: Warriors dial up more third quarter magic to beat Orlando

Secret weapon: Warriors dial up more third quarter magic to beat Orlando

Superman has his phone booth, Popeye his spinach and Ali had his rope-a-dope. The greats often have a secret weapon to be unleashed upon opponents who dare pose a threat.

The Warriors of the NBA have the third quarter.

Twelve masterful minutes, customarily the third quarter, is all they need to turn all anxieties to swagger and perspiration into perfume.

It was, on cue, the third quarter that doomed the temporarily uppity Magic in a 118-98 victory on Sunday at Amway Center in Orlando.

Tied 50-50 and down five (55-50) 90 seconds into the third quarter, the Warriors went on a 19-2 tear to go up 12 with 6:54 left. Orlando, which had been encouraged by outplaying the Warriors for the first 25-plus minutes, was powerless to prevent the onslaught.

“We found our energy and execution and stopped turning the ball over,” Stephen Curry, who scored a game-high 27 points, including 7-of-13 shooting from deep, told reporters in Florida. “And after that, we got stops and our talent plays over on the offensive end. It is nice to see shots going in obviously, but you have to get stops and take care of the basketball to get that done.”

The Warriors (38-6) shot 41.9 percent for the field and committed 12 turnovers in the first half, leading to 13 Magic points. Only one Orlando starter, point guard Elfrid Payton, shot less than 50 percent and he was 3-of-8.

So the Warriors, whose sloppy first half could be attributed to the usually early start (9 a.m. Pacific), reached for the prescription that best cures their every ailment. They turned to ferocious defense, which generated torrential offense. They outscored the Magic 42-24 in the third quarter, pretty much putting away the game.

“For whatever reason, we’ve had a bunch really good third quarters in the last couple of weeks,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It seems to be the time when we pick up our defense and it translates into some transition hoops and 3-pointers. I don’t know why, but that seems to be the key time for us these days.”

The third-quarter blitzes are more than a trend. It’s becoming an almost predictable act of magic.

The Warriors have outscored opponents in the third in 17 of their last 19 games -- with the margin double digits on nine of those occasions. In seven of those 17 games, they were tied or trailing at the half. They lost only two of those games, to the Cavs and the Grizzlies, to both of whom they blew sizable fourth-quarter leads.

Furthermore, the Warriors’ plus-268 points differential in the third quarter is by far the best in the NBA.

It was, indeed, the third quarter that shook them from the stupor of those early Sunday wakeup calls.

“There was no morning,” Draymond Green said. “It was wake up, grab some food, put on some sweats, and get out of there. I think my bus was 9:30 a.m. That’s 6:30 a.m. West Coast time . . . it was brutal.”

Must be nice to know that even on brutal days, and even after a throwaway first half, they can usually find enough lightning in the third quarter to find victory.

On anniversary of Kobe's 81, Lakers score 73 in franchise's worst loss

On anniversary of Kobe's 81, Lakers score 73 in franchise's worst loss


DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks had something to prove on Sunday following two straight tough losses.

Coming off a three-point effort in an overtime loss on Friday, Nowitzki scored all 13 of his points in the first half and Dallas gave the Los Angeles Lakers the worst loss in their history, 122-73.

"We didn't show up to play," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "It's embarrassing for us as a team and for us as an organization. The effort just wasn't there tonight, which I don't understand."

The 49-point defeat just edged Los Angeles' two previous worst losses at 48 points, most recently 123-75 at Utah on March 28, 2016.

The Mavericks' winning margin was the third-largest in their history.

It was Dallas' 13th straight win over the Lakers, who have lost six of their last seven games overall.

After a season-best three-game winning streak, the Mavericks had blown a nine-point halftime lead at Miami on Thursday and lost to Utah on Friday.

Nowitzki was 1 for 13 against the Jazz, including a missed 3-pointer that would have tied the game in overtime.

"I looked sluggish the other night on that back-to-back," Nowitzki said, "but took a day off yesterday, didn't do anything. Felt a lot better today."

The game was close for 10 minutes, with Dallas leading 23-22 before the Mavericks scored the next 15 points to blow it open. Nowitzki had seven points during the run. He played just 20 minutes.

Justin Anderson led seven Mavericks in double figures with a game-high 19 points in 16 minutes, his most playing time since Dec. 27.

The Mavericks led 67-33 at the half and never looked back. They both scored their most points and allowed the fewest in a half and a game this season. The 34-point halftime lead was the third-largest in franchise history.

The Lakers scored their fewest points in a quarter, a first half and a game.

"What's deflating is that we didn't guard anybody tonight," Lakers forward Julius Randle said.

Lou Williams led the Lakers with 15 points.

Dallas' Seth Curry scored 14 points, including seven straight in the first quarter.

Wesley Matthews and Deron Williams also had 13 points. Devin Harris and Pierre Jackson scored 10 each. Rookies Jackson and Nicolas Brussino (eight points) each reached career highs.

Lakers: They played without D'Angelo Russell, second on the team at 14.3 points per game. An MRI taken Saturday showed a mildly sprained right MCL and strained right calf. That left the Lakers with rookie Brandon Ingram starting at point guard, and they had a season-low 10 assists. ... Larry Nance Jr. (bone bruise, left knee) returned after missing 16 games and scored four points.

Mavericks: Dallas' record winning margin was 123-70 win at home over the 76ers on Nov. 13, 2014. They beat the Knicks 128-78 in New York on Jan. 24, 2010. ... J.J. Barea missed his 26th game this season because of a strained left calf aggravated on Friday. Coach Rick Carlisle said he didn't expect Barea back until after the All-Star break (Feb. 24 at the earliest). Andrew Bogut (strained right hamstring) could return this week, according to Carlisle.

Mavericks G Deron Williams moved into 20th place in NBA history with 6,715 assists, passing Kevin Johnson. Williams has had at least seven assists in seven straight games; on Sunday, he had eight, seven by halftime.

Nowitzki tied J.R. Smith for 15th place in 3-point field goals by making one for a total of 1,729.

Lakers: Travel to Portland for the second game of a three-game trip on Wednesday night.

Mavericks: Complete a three-game homestand on Wednesday night against New York.