Can Warriors push Bobcats' losing streak to 14?

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Can Warriors push Bobcats' losing streak to 14?

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There will be letdowns.

The Golden State Warriors, as good as they’ve been, are still strides away from elite and even the elite teams have disappointments.

After taking their second loss to the Sacramento Kings this season on Wednesday night, the Warriors return home to Oracle tonight to face the Charlotte Bobcats at 7:30 p.m.

Coming off the team’s worst defensive performance of the season in a 131-127 loss to Sacramento, the Warriors will face the Charlotte Bobcats, the league’s worst defensive team.

The Bobcats are ranked dead last in points allowed this season at 104.4 per game. The Warriors are coming off Wednesday night’s season-high in points.

Taking the easy wins

Mark Jackson made it clear the other night that it was ridiculous to think the Warriors were playing down to anyone, noting after the loss to the Kings that his team “can be beaten by the best and can be beaten by the worst.”

Of the Warriors eight losses, five have come to teams with a record of .500 or less.

The Bobcats (7-18) are one of the East's worst teams and have lost 13 consecutive games entering tonight.

“Don’t have an excuse for it,” Klay Thompson said in his postgame interview in Sacramento. “Teams that we know that we’re better than, we’ve beat much better teams, some of the best in the league. So there’s no excuse.

“We’re going to have bad games. It’s a long season. It’s only December. We’re just going to keep our heads up.”

The Warriors are 10-2 against the Eastern Conference this season. A game such as tonight’s at home vs. Charlotte is essential in the Warriors' quest for that elusive spot in the playoffs.

Legs of Harrison Barnes
 
The enhanced grind of an NBA seasons isn't bothering Harrison Barnes.

Of course it's still early, but the Warriors have played eight of their last nine games on the road. For even young legs, that would seem to be an adjustment for the Warriors' first-round pick.

“It’s definitely easier being young,” the 20-year old Barnes said. “You’re always ready to go, always look forward to the next game. The back-to-backs don’t affect you as much, as you get older it probably has a bigger toll on your body.”

Barnes has averaged just 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 24.1 minutes per game in December. The rookie had averaged 10.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in 28.1 minutes in November.

His last big game came to end the seven-game road trip, in Atlanta, when he scored 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting in 31 minutes.

David Lee keeps rolling

David Lee has a streak of 10 consecutive games with 20 or more points, the longest of his career and active behind only LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

Lee has been the team’s most consistent player, averaging 19..8 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season.

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Warriors recall first-round pick Damian Jones from Santa Cruz

Warriors recall first-round pick Damian Jones from Santa Cruz

The Warriors recalled center Damian Jones from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced on Thursday.                             

During his most recent assignment, which began Nov. 30, Jones averaged 2.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in 19.3 minutes over three games with the Warriors’ D-League affiliate.

The Vanderbilt product, who was selected 30th overall by Golden State in the 2016 NBA Draft, grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in 17 minutes on Dec. 3 at Maine.

The 7’0”, 245-pound center has appeared in five games (two starts) with Santa Cruz this season, holding averages of 2.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.20 blocks in 19.0 minutes.

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Warriors guard Ian Clark will have his high school jersey retired

Warriors guard Ian Clark will have his high school jersey retired

Warriors guard Ian Clark will have his jersey retired by his alma mater, Germantown High School, in a ceremony this Friday evening on campus, the team announced on Thursday.

Clark, who will attend the ceremony, is the first player from Germantown High to appear in the NBA and the first player to have his number retired by the school. The Warriors will be in Memphis ahead of their game on Saturday night against the Grizzlies.

Clark wore #21 as a four-year varsity player and three-year starter for Germantown High, finishing his high school basketball career among the top three all-time in total points scored (1,846). Clark, who was born in Memphis, averaged 16.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists over his four high school seasons from 2005-09 with the Red Devils.

“Ian has had a great impact not only on the school, but on the entire area because of the kind of person he is,” said Jason James, the boys’ basketball coach at Germantown High. “Ian is a great basketball player, but he’s an even better person. For us to have this relationship is special to me. It’s an honor to be part of the ceremony to have his number retired.”

The ceremony will take place on Friday, December 9, at Germantown High School at roughly 7:15 p.m. in between the girls’ and boys’ basketball games.

The 25-year old played his college ball at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. in  As a senior in 2012-13 he averaged 18.2 points per game while shooting just under 46 percent from deep.

Belmont made the NCAA Tournament three times during Clark's career.

Over 19 appearances for the Warriors this season, Clark is averaging 6.8 points per game. He scored a career-high 22 points against the Blazers on Nov. 1 and racked up 21 points against the Lakers on Nov. 23.

Golden State Warriors media services contributed to this story