Steinmetz: Is Lacob about to get busy?

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Steinmetz: Is Lacob about to get busy?

Dec. 14, 2010

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Matt Steinmetz
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Asdemoralizing as the past month or so has been for the Warriors 1-12since mid-November the reality is that theyre not really far offfrom the team many expected.
At least the team I expected.

Yes, the Warriors are 8-16, which extrapolates to a 27-55 season orright about there. And that would be a major disappointment inessence, a season pretty much as awful as last year.

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But I dont think the Warriors, losers of seven in a row, are really asbad as theyve been lately. Just like I didnt think they were a goodteam because they began the season with a 6-2 mark.

I thought the Warriors were going to be better than last years 26-56team, but not dramatically improved enough to make the playoffs. I hadthe Warriors for 33 wins, and still feel like theyre headed towardthat number.

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The problem is this though: It doesnt seem like the ride to30-whatever wins is going to very fulfilling. It would be one thing ifthe Warriors won, say, 34 games this season, and then you knew theydbe able to bump that up again in 2011-12.

But there are certainly no assurances of that. Yes, the Warriors areyoung, but if your core is Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and David Lee,theres not a lot of room for significant improvement there.

Ellis and Lee essentially are the players theyre going to be; andwhile Curry is a nice player and will likely improve, were not talkingabout an elite, difference-making point guard here.

The real question is whether or not new owner Joe Lacob, with his teamheading toward 30-ish wins, will address issues in the offseason orwhether he wants to deal with them now.

Hey, the Warriors are probably going to win some games in the next fewweeks, but its still not likely to be the majority of them. It surelooks like the writing is on the wall for another playoff-less Warriorsseason.

So, if thats the case, when do you start making moves sooner or later?

Instant Replay: Warriors' offense hits on all cylinders in win over Suns

Instant Replay: Warriors' offense hits on all cylinders in win over Suns

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND – Scorching the nets with a season-best 62.8-percent shooting, the Warriors rolled to a 138-109 rout of the Phoenix Suns before a sellout crowd Saturday night at Oracle Arena.

Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry with 31 points. Klay Thompson poured in 26 points, Kevin Durant had 20, while David West and JaVale McGee came off the bench for 11 each, season highs for both.

Forwards Draymond Green and Durant had quietly monstrous games. Green put up nine points, a game-high 13 assists, five rebounds and three steals. In addition to his scoring, Durant also submitted eight assists, four rebounds and three blocks.

The Warriors (17-3) recorded 37 assists, the 14th time they have reached at least 30. No other team has done it more than four times.

Guards Eric Bledsoe (27 points) and Devin Booker (21) combined for 48 points to lead Phoenix (6-14) scorers.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

This night belonged to many Warriors, but mostly to Curry and Thompson.

Curry’s line: 31 points (10-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-7 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line), two rebounds, two assists and a steal. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-15.

Thompson’s line: 26 points (10-of-17, 6-of-7), five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He played 34 minutes and was plus-24.

TURNING POINT

When the Suns took a 26-25 lead on an Alex Len dunk with 2:57 left in the first quarter, the Warriors responded with a 25-4 run that yielded a 48-30 lead with 9:25 remaining the second quarter.

When Phoenix battled back, getting as close as eight (68-60) early in the second half, the Warriors recovered with a 15-4 run to go up 19 (83-64) with 7:07 left in the third quarter.

The Suns drew no closer than 20 in the fourth quarter.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: No injuries listed. C Anderson Varejao was a healthy inactive. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the D-League.

Suns: F T.J. Warren (head injury) was listed as out. F Derrick Jones Jr. is on assignment with Northern Arizona of the D-League.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Monday night, when they face the Indiana Pacers at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.

Warriors pledge $50,000 for Oakland fire victims: 'We're all devastated'

Warriors pledge $50,000 for Oakland fire victims: 'We're all devastated'

OAKLAND – Warriors coach Steve Kerr walked into his pregame news conference Saturday afternoon, and before a question could be asked, reached out to the victims and families affected by the deadly Oakland fire.

“I want to start out today and offer our condolences to the victims of the Oakland fire,” Kerr said. “It’s just a devastating tragedy right here in the East Bay. It’s hard to comprehend. As an organization, we want to send our thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families, their friends and people who were injured.

“I don’t know if it means a whole lot – I should say I know it can’t cure the pain – but we’re thinking of you and the whole organization, the team and everybody here at Oracle tonight, when we have a moment of silence. We’re all with you out there, and we’re all devastated today.”

The fire occurred in a warehouse in the Fruitvale district, a couple miles from Oracle Arena. Early reports indicated at least nine fatalities, with as many as several dozen more still possible.

The Warriors not only had a moment of silence before the game against the Phoenix Suns, but also pledged a donation of $50,000 to support those affected by the fire.

“When a tragedy of this magnitude hits this close to home, we feel it’s imperative to do our small part to help our community and those impacted,” said team president and COO Rick Welts. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and friends during this incredibly difficult time.”