Again, Curry, Lee don't do much down stretch


Again, Curry, Lee don't do much down stretch

The Warriors were in another tight game on Wednesday nightand failed to come through down the stretch. They ended up with another loss this one a painful 93-91 defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers.The Warriors have not fared well in close games this season,and what has remained consistent throughout is how little Stephen Curry andDavid Lee two of the teams cornerstone pieces are involved at the mostcritical times.REWIND: Some crunch-time stats for Warriors players
Thats what happened again on Wednesday. Lee had a nicegame, scoring 29 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, but he didnt score after histhree-point play with 3:39 put the Warriors up five.REWIND: Lee's 29 not enough; Warriors fall to Blazers 93-91
Curry didnt do a whole lot late, either, although he didmanage to coax a foul out of Gerald Wallace after getting double-teamed. Currymade both free throws to put the Warriors up 90-88 with 1:17 left.But overall, Curry took just one shot in almost ninefourth-quarter minutes a missed 3-pointer with five minutes left and thatjust doesnt seem like enough for a guy who is one of the games bestshooters.RELATED: Jackson addresses lack of late production from Lee, Curry
Not to mention a player the Warriors organization hasexpressed a desire to build around.And Lee hasnt been a factor when its come to picking upthe scoring slack late in games. Hes still looking for his first real big basketof his Warriors career and his first field goal at any time in the last twominutes of a close game this year.The argument on the other side and valid is that neitherCurry nor Lee has been put in a position to make important shots when the gameson the line. Most of the time the ball is in Monta Ellis hands, and theres noquestion Ellis is the teams best scorer and perhaps only player on the teamcapable of creating his own shot.But in Wednesdays loss to Portland, it wasnt Ellis takingmost of the late-game shots because Ellis didnt play in the fourth quarter.Instead, it was Nate Robinson who was in on every play. Or seemingly just aboutevery play.Robinson made some big buckets, no doubt. But he missed afew too many, including a runner in the lane with 32 seconds left that couldhave tied the game.And then on the games final possession -- one that startedwith six seconds and an inbounds pass in the backcourt -- Robinson lost controlof the ball while trying to create in the lane, and got it to Brandon Rush toolate in the corner.But forget the fact that Robinson didnt make those plays. Perhapsmore noteworthy was that Robinson took nine shots in the fourth quarter, andthe next closest player to him was rookie Klay Thompson with three.In other words, Curry and Lee two of the franchises mosttreasured players simply dont get involved enough, or at all, when thestakes are highest. Again, perhaps thats the case because the ball is mostlyin the hands of Ellis down the stretch, or in Wednesdays caseRobinson.But the other part of that is maybe neither player isinjecting himself into the actionenough or at all.Regardless why its happened, its clear that entrustingEllis and Robinson with virtually all the end-game decision-making hasntworked well for Golden State. If thats the case, isnt it time to force-feedsome touches for Lee and Curry? At least make them show you they cant doit.And if Lee and Curry cant get it done or they dont wantany part of getting it done, well, wouldnt that be good to know movingforward?

Feeling more comfortable, West cleaning up Warriors' messes down stretch

Feeling more comfortable, West cleaning up Warriors' messes down stretch

OAKLAND -- David West is as much a cleanup man as he is a basketball player.

The veteran power forward, masquerading as a center for the Warriors, cleans up behind teammates, cleans the clocks of opponents and probably cleans his plate after every meal. And he’d hit fourth in any baseball manager’s batting order.

The Warriors during their renaissance haven’t had such a personality. They’ve been a fun bunch, enjoying life, each other and their pillaging of the NBA.

West, 36, brings a more laconic dynamic, and it’s on full display as the Warriors lean into the final weeks of this regular season. He’s a leader who is producing and, more and more, winning over a fan base that was somewhat skeptical early this season.

“David West has been playing brilliantly,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday night, after West came off the bench for a highly efficient 14-minute stint in a 114-100 win over the Kings.

Showcasing sharp passing, splendid shooting, solid rim protection and his usual old-jerky toughness, West totaled 8 points, four assists, three rebounds, three blocks and one steal. The Warriors were plus-8 when he was on the floor.

Such production, it seems, is a bit of a bonus.

“He’s been very good for us as a veteran leader,” Draymond Green said. “He’s been playing well, but just his presence also has meant a lot to this team.

“D-West is just kind of a no-bull---- type of a guy. He doesn’t say much. But when he does, you know it means a lot. And everybody hears him.”

Said West: “It’s just about adjusting and learning personalities. Obviously, this group has been very successful. I just try to add my 2 cents where I feel like it fits. Try not to over-talk people. I speak to guys directly and just make sure that we’re all on the same page.”

West is in his 14th season. Drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in 2003, he also has played for the Pacers and, last season, the Spurs, before joining the Warriors in July.

The question at the time was whether he still had a lot to give. West is a two-time All-Star and one of the most widely respected players in the league. But did he still have the legs to compete at a high level?

The answer is visible, particularly over the past month, since he returned from fractured left thumb on Feb. 23. West is shooting 53.0 percent from the field, he’s rebounding consistently and he has proven to be a spectacularly good passer -- easily one of the best in the league among big men.

Earlier this week, to quell any lingering concerns about how much athleticism he still has, West rose up and dunked over a crowd of three Dallas Mavericks. It was clock-cleaning at its finest.

“I’m just getting more comfortable,” West said, referring to his game and his locker-room influence. “We’ve developed good chemistry, communicating, harping on our defense more than anything else at this moment, because we feel that’s going to give us a chance if shots aren’t falling.”

West is on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, $1.55 million. He sacrificed bigger dollars for a chance at his first championship. He’s doing his part. And he neither takes nor leaves any mess.

Warriors set franchise record, match 1985-86 Showtime Lakers

Warriors set franchise record, match 1985-86 Showtime Lakers


For the 44th time in the 2016-17 season, the Warriors dished out 30-plus assists in one game. Not only does that set a franchise record, Golden State is also the first to do so since one of the greatest teams in NBA history. 

On a Steph Curry heave down the court that resulted in an Andre Iguodala running reverse dunk with 38 seconds left in the third quarter, the Warriors made history with their 31st assist of the game. The nifty assist made the Warriors the first team since the 1985-86 Showtime Lakers to hand out more than 30 assists 44 times in one season.

Last season, when the Warriors set an NBA record record with 73 wins, the team finished 43 games with the feat.

The '85-86 Lakers were looking to repeat as NBA champions 31 years ago but came up short in five games to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. 

Golden State finsihed Friday night with 37 assists in a 114-100 win over the Kings. Curry led the way with 12 dimes.