Can Warriors push Bobcats' losing streak to 14?


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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NBA expands use of Replay Center for 2016-17 season

NBA expands use of Replay Center for 2016-17 season

NEW YORK – The NBA announced Friday that it will expand use of the Replay Center beginning with the 2016-17 regular season.

This season, active referees in the NBA Replay Center will be responsible for determining the outcome of all replay situations except for player altercations and flagrant fouls, which will continue to be decided by on-court referees.  Examples of replays that will now be determined by the NBA Replay Center are foul calls coinciding with shot-clock violations as well as clear-path and end-of-quarter fouls.   

Last season, the second year for the state-of-the-art NBA Replay Center in Secaucus, N.J., current referees were added to the Replay Center for all games to make decisions on certain replay situations and facilitate the on-court review of others.  The Replay Center ruled on 72 percent of all replays and the average review time for all replays was 31.9 seconds, a reduction of nearly 25 percent from the 2014-15 season (42.0 seconds).

For the 2016-17 season, on-court referees will continue to trigger all replay reviews.  Replays determined by referees in the Replay Center will continue to be communicated to an on-court referee for administration of the call.  The current standard for overturning a call made on the floor (“clear and convincing evidence”) will remain for all replay reviews.  

The expanded use of the NBA Replay Center was unanimously approved by the Board of Governors.  Measures to extend both the coaching box and the players’ substitution box were also approved.

In July, the Board of Governors approved rules changes for the 2016-17 season pertaining to deliberate away-from-the-play fouls. 

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Report: Hawks release former Warriors point guard

Report: Hawks release former Warriors point guard

Jarrett Jack is reportedly looking for a new team.

The Hawks waived the veteran point guard on Thursday, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Jack signed with Atlanta in July after he was released by the Nets in late June.

The soon-to-be 33-year old appeared in 79 games for the Warriors during the 2012-13 season, averaging 12.9 points and 5.6 assists over 29.7 minutes per contest.

He was even better in the 2013 playoffs, racking up 17.2 points and 4.7 assists in 12 games.

Jack made 32 appearances last year before he tore the ACL in his right knee in early January.

He was the 22nd overall pick in the 2005 draft.