Warriors fall to Memphis 110-92


Warriors fall to Memphis 110-92

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OAKLAND The Warriors had lost a pair of heartbreakers to the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this year each by a point. On Wednesday night at Oracle, there was no drama to be found. The Grizzlies got up 21-4 to start, got past a Warriors comeback and won going away.

Grizzlies 110, Warriors 92Player of the game: Memphis small forward Rudy Gay had 26 points and 12 rebounds to help lead Memphis to their third win of the year against the Warriors.Key stretch: The Warriors were down only 56-51 at halftime, but Memphis controlled the entire third quarter and pushed the lead to 11 by the start of the fourth quarter.Initially we didnt compete, we didnt get after it and they got whatever they wanted early on, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. They pushed the ball and got easy field goal opportunities. dominated us in the paint. As a coach you dont want to have to coach energy, effort, passion. just an embarrassing effort for us.Another bad third quarter: The Warriors had another bad third quarter against the Grizzlies, like they did in four of their five road games. Before the final game of the Warriors recently concluded trip, the Warriors had gotten outscored by an average of 10 points in each of the first four games.That changed in the Warriors blowout win against Washington, but the third quarter bugaboo resurfaced. The Warriors led 56-51 at halftime and promptly fell behind by 13 points 69-56 midway through the quarter.By the end of the quarter, the Warriors were down 84-73.For three games now the fact are that when they decided to increase the volume we didnt match it across the board, Jackson said. They were too physical. They decided to play with force and we didnt match it.
Sixth man?: For the second consecutive game, Warriors coach Mark Jackson brought Stephen Curry off the bench. And for the second consecutive game, Curry shot the ball well and had a nice impact.Curry played 14 first-half minutes and scored 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting, to go along with two assists and three rebounds.Curry had 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting in just nine minutes off the bench against Washington on Monday.Lee rests: If theres one player Jackson doesnt like to take off the floor, its power forward David Lee. Not only does Lee lead the team in minutes at 37.3 mpg but Jackson will often go small and play Lee at center in order to keep him on the floor.Well, on Wednesday Jackson wasnt enamored with Lees play in the first half, nor the play of Dorell Wright. Both of those players got pretty quick hook in the first quarter after the Warriors got down big early.Lee played just nine minutes in the first half. He finished with 11 points and four rebounds.It was our second unit that brought us back, Lee said. The first unit came back in the third quarter and we cut it to two or three and they made another run and outplayed us again. It seems as though we didnt have our best night tonight and Ill take responsibility for that. No excuse for not getting a win on our homecourt tonight.Down big early: For the second time in as many games against the Grizzlies, the Warriors got down big early. In the Warriors Feb. 18 game against the Grizzlies in Memphis, they got down 27-9 before coming back and regaining the lead only to eventually lose 104-103.On Wednesday, the Warriors got down 21-4 by the midway point of the first quarter. But just like in Memphis the Warriors came back.In fact, the Warriors had a 36-35 lead by the eight-minute mark of the second half.

Draymond's strong reaction to his first technical foul of the season

Draymond's strong reaction to his first technical foul of the season

The Warriors trailed the Spurs 64-46 at the half on Tuesday night.

Draymond Green's breakaway dunk with 8:58 remaining in the third quarter pulled the Warriors to within 10 points.

But after yelling in the direction of LaMarcus Aldridge, Draymond was assessed a technical foul.

"Next time I dunk, I'm gonna yell again," Draymond declared after the loss. "I mean, it's kind of universal. I'm gonna continue to be me, and whatever happens, happens."

Kawhi Leonard made the ensuing free throw and the Spurs went on a subsequent 15-6 run to take a 20-point lead.

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Draymond racked up 13 technical fouls last regular season -- the third most in the NBA.

Per NBA rules, a player receives a one-game suspension on his 16th technical.

Green was suspended for Game 5 of last year's NBA Finals after picking up his fourth flagrant foul point of the playoffs.

This offseason, Steve Kerr talked about Draymond keeping his edge without crossing over the line. 

"It's not really a focus of mine not being me," Draymond added. "I know how to be me way better than I know how to be anyone else. So I'll just continue to try and work on being me, which really don't take much work."

Antawn Jamison: Warriors really miss Andrew Bogut

Antawn Jamison: Warriors really miss Andrew Bogut

The Warriors were crushed by the Spurs on Tuesday night, 129-100.

According to former Warriors forward Antawn Jamison, the loss highlighted the void left behind with Andrew Bogut's departure. 

"They were such in a comfort zone when they had Bogut and they knew that he would pick up some of the deficiencies if guys got blown by -- he was always the rim protector," Jamison explained on KNBR 1050. "Anderson Varejao and Zaza (Pachulia) are great defenders but as far as protecting that rim, they are not Bogut.

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"And I think now they are kind of realizing how much they miss his dynamic as far as controlling that paint and being satisfied with just 'that's my job -- is to make sure I make it difficult for guys in the paint' ... it's the first game of the season, there's no need to push the panic button."

Back in early September, Steve Kerr shared his one concern for the upcoming season:

“The thing that’s different will be a lack of rim protection,” Kerr told CSNBayArea.com. “We had great rim protection from Bogut and Ezeli, and both those guys are gone. Zaza’s a very good defender, but he’s more of a positional guy than a shot blocker.

“So there’s definitely adjustments we’ll have to make, even schematically. We’ll have some growing pains, especially on defense, as we try to make sure we get everything right and comfortable.”

Pachulia registered just two points and three rebounds in 20 minutes, and turned the ball over three times.

Andre Iguodala scored just two points in 27 minutes off the bench. He committed three fouls and was a -28 for the game.

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Ian Clark missed all four of his 3-point attempts and was a team-worst -29, while Shaun Livingston was a -15.

"The Warriors' bench to me is going to be the biggest key this year because other than that Big Four offensively, nobody was bringing firepower off the bench," Jamison declared. "We know what Livingston and Iguodala can bring to the table, but somebody else off that bench really has to come in and step up and pick up the slack as well.

"I'm not worried at all. It just put in perspective that they really miss Bogut, and the bench needs to step up."

Could JaVale McGee ultimately be the answer at center?

"If he's able to focus and realize that he can contribute so much to this team with his length and his athletic ability, if he can be one of those guys that come off that bench and control that paint, I can see him eventually becoming a starter or getting starter minutes," Jamison answered.