Matt Steinmetz October 6 Chat Transcript

Matt Steinmetz October 6 Chat Transcript

October 6, 2010STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com

Matt Steinmetz:
Site having difficulty so Chat moved to here if anyone interested. Ask in 140 characters or less, and I'll answer in 140 or lessFrom @Ciscoskid:
Chances Monta gets moved during the season? Can Biedrins and D Lee actually play together?Matt Steinmetz:
Monta not going anywhere till trade deadline, at earliest. Skeptical about LeeBiedrins but open-mindedFrom @4EVER_D_HOP:
How does Jeff Adrien look and does he have a chance at making the 15 man roster? Matt Steinmetz:
Smart giving away nothing when it comes to 15th spot. But I get impression Adrien, Goodridge have been solidFrom @BobSmithson2002:
Is Biedrins healthy?Matt Steinmetz:
Yes. And looks stronger than he has in past.From @power88ranger:
Do you think Jeremy Lin has a chance to be the backup point guard?Matt Steinmetz:
Lin will not be the backup PG. R.Williams will initiate offense before Lin will.From @CAkiwi18:
Any future additions to coaching staff planned?Matt Steinmetz:
No, they're all set.From @walzmart:
giants beat braves, phillies beat giants?Matt Steinmetz:
Sounds about right.From @kenbot4000:
what can we realistically expect from DWright? Who will be our back up 2 guard?Matt Steinmetz:
Wright has chance to impact games in a way Azubuike, Maggette didn't -- at defensive end. backup two: R.WilliamsC.Bell
From @distracteddavid:
does monta look any stronger to help him guard bigger 2's?Matt Steinmetz:
Actually, Monta said on media day he weighed less than he did last year at same time: last year 192; this year 185. From @CAkiwi18:
What's the deal with this little twitter war you have with Dibley?Matt Steinmetz:
That's Mr. Verified to you.From @RobertRowell:
A lot at stake with Udoh's injury. Why the confusion in the timeline and explanations?Matt Steinmetz:
Confusion over injury? Yes. Confusion over timeline? No. 6 months.From @bulldog_drew:
who do you see as the best pure shooter on the team?Matt Steinmetz:
Not even close. Curry.From @usdagradeameat:
does riley have the cajones to cut Lin if need arises?Matt Steinmetz:
I don't think it will come to that. Lin will go to D-League if need be.From @joshieruss:
Just read that Vlad has moved ahead of BWright on the depth chart. Truth to that? Will they move Wright to SF?Matt Steinmetz:
I don't know about that. As long as B.Wright's healthy, he's going to play. I'd be surprised if B.Wright isn't in rotation.Assuming, of course, he's healthy.From @kishorea:
Who's the better shooter: Curry, Morrow, Belinelli (the Summer League version)Matt Steinmetz:
Morrow.From @petehare920:
do u think there's another acquisition 2 be made?Matt Steinmetz:
Yes, but not for little while. They'll see what they have.From @usdagradeameat:
is lin outplaying anyone in camp?Matt Steinmetz:
Reality is we see very little of camp. But short answer I'm sensing is: No.BTW, MrVerified himself, @dandibley, on @chronlivecsn tonight. Trying to figure out what he's bringing to table.From @joshmcd:
How does Carney look? Is he going to get the bulk of the backup minutes at the 3?Matt Steinmetz:
That's a good question. Don't have a feel for that. But will look better into it.From @cruzkontrol:
Who is the lead candidate for backup PG?Matt Steinmetz:
Reggie WilliamsC.Bell.From @RobertRowell:Reason to worry about the status of the sale if the Pistons sell before the Warriors?Matt Steinmetz:
Different circumstances, but I'd say No. Don't think that will happen, either.From @Aknoxxx:
will the warriors have a better or worse record then last year?Matt Steinmetz:
Better. If they don't, something went wrong.From @MartinDV_phan:
d. wright got a shot at most improved?Matt Steinmetz:
Doubtful. That award goes to players who jump offensively.From @SuperDuperDeets:
of all the players the Warriors let go this summer who do you think we should have kept and why? My opinion @blackboipachino (Anthony Morrow)Matt Steinmetz:
I'd say Morrow, too. But Ws were in tough position with him. 4 million not an insignificant number.From @KRISTOMUSIC:
you think they'll have Lee and Andris on the floor at the same time?Matt Steinmetz:
That's plan, but we'll see.From @neetruofnet:
what was the issue with pargo? i know he's injured now, but was it money?Matt Steinmetz:
Issue was probably more about knee.From @nicksuh:Biggest Warrior strengthweakness as they're currently constructed?Matt Steinmetz:
That's a great question. I think honestly ... we don't know yet. D.WrightLeehealthy Biedrins make team very differentFrom @Coop374:
do Biedrins' FTs still look ugly?Matt Steinmetz:
They look better. He's losinglost the hitch.From @stiffythekid:
Any shot for @stephencurry30, Monta or DLee to make an all star team? Or Beans to win comeback player?Matt Steinmetz:
Gonna be tough. I'd say Lee has best chance simply because West has lots of quality in backcourtFrom @kenbot4000:
what do you think of b. Wright?Matt Steinmetz:
I actually like the idea of him playing small forward defensively. Think that could be a strength. He & DWright give you lengthFrom @joshtobin:
Are you confident Lee can be effective @ the 4? Seen any chemistry btwn him and CurryEllis?Matt Steinmetz:
I think he can be effective ... the question is will he be significantly less effective there than at five?From @KRISTOMUSIC:
one last ? Your thoughts on Nelly leavin?Matt Steinmetz:
Something that needed to be done to move forward.From @chunkybearcub:
I seriously couldnt care less if Biedrins shoots 50 FT, as long as he has his confidence back around the rim, you agree?Matt Steinmetz:
I do agree.From @BH3ARD:
does it seem that players are happier now that nelly is gone?Matt Steinmetz:
I wouldn't necessarily say "happier." I just think they're glad there was resolution. Things too erratic before.It's obvious one of Larry Riley's offseason priorities was getting healthy players. http:tinyurl.com2cvp2w9
From @AndySpiteri:
do you think Keith Smart will actually be the a long term answer as head coach or will it be one year and done?
Matt Steinmetz:
It's going to be tough for him. Even if he has a nice year and Ws go 38-44, will there be groundswell of support for him?From @BigMeezy34:
besides the pick and roll, what other ways do you think Lee will have to score.Matt Steinmetz:
Fastbreak, offensive rebound. He'll have to prove he can be effective posting up.

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

BOX SCORE

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.

TIP-INS:
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.

LENDING A HAND:
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.

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

UP NEXT:
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.