Some telling statistics about the Warriors


Some telling statistics about the Warriors

OAKLAND -- The Warriors have played seven games now, andwhile thats not a huge sample size, it is enough to start taking in statistics.Here are some Warriors players and what jumps out about some of the numbers.Andris Biedrins: He certainly has not hada bounce-back year, but by the same token hes been more productive than in thepast two seasons. Biedrins is averaging fewer than 14 minutes per game,somewhat puzzling considering he leads the team in rebounds (17.448 minutes)and blocks (5.248 minutes) per minute.
David Lee: One of the things that hits you regarding Lees numbers is his assist-to-turnover ratio. So far thisseason, Lee has just five assists and 19 turnovers (which leads the team).Those stats are a tad skewed because of Lees seven-turnover game against theLakers, but still. Last year Lee had 233 assists and 170 turnovers for theseason.Dorell Wright: Its no secret Wright isshooting the ball terribly this season: 32.7 percent from the field; 19.2percent from 3-point range. On the positive side, hes taking care of the ballin a huge way. Wright has only two turnovers and 16 assists in 213 minutes.Thats pretty impressive.Monta Ellis: Hes shooting only 42.7percent from the floor, but thats not bad considering how much hes been askedto carry the offensive load this season. Give Ellis credit for this: Hesaveraging 8.5 assists and only three turnovers per game.Stephen Curry: Currys numbers are downacross the board, and most notable is minutes played: Hes averaging just 31minutes per night. Hes also the Warriors leader in turnovers per minute,averaging 5.6 over 48 minutes.Total fouls: Blame the officials if youmust, but the Warriors are fouling way too much and its costing them at thefree throw line. So far this season the Warriors have committed 162 fouls andtheir opponents 128. The Warriors have shot 41 fewer free throws than theiropponents so far this season.Foul shooting: And when the Warriors doget to the line, theyre not converting. As a team theyre shooting only 65percent from there. Center Kwame Brown (11-for-29) has a lot to do with that,but David Lee is struggling some at 67.7 percent. And Lee and Brown areamong the top three on the team in free throw attempts.

Pau Gasol out indefinitely for Spurs after breaking finger in warmups


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:


     All-Star starters (COMBINED)=19

     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.