Blazers 118, Warriors 110Player of the game: Blazers shooting guard Jamal Crawford had a season-high 34 points to lead Portland to the victory. Crawford finished the game 10-for-18 from the floor and 13-for-13 from the foul line.
We made a lot of mistakes all night long, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. It cannot be accepted, cannot be tolerated. Im disappointed with what happened tonight.Key stretch: Wes Matthews hit two jumpers the second one a 3-pointer in the last 45 seconds to help the Blazers hold off Golden State. The Warriors rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit and had a 96-95 lead with six minutes remaining.
Tough start to third: The Blazers scored the first seven points of the third quarter to take control of the game until midway through the fourth period. Portland led 62-55 at halftime, but Raymond Felton opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer and added a jumper and then Wes Matthews made two foul shots to put the Blazers up 14.Weve been defending all year long, Jackson said. The last two games we havent been ourselves. Well be better. Were going to close this thing out the right way.Crawford warm: Blazers shooting guard Jamal Crawford got off to a big-time start, scoring 11 points in the first quarter and having 17 points just three minutes into the second quarter.Crawford, a one-time Warrior, has scored 50 or more points in a game in his career three times with three different teams: Golden State, New York and Chicago.Crawford had 21 at halftime on 7-of-11 shooting.Improvement in first: Well, it wasnt the best first quarter of the year for the Warriors, but it was a heck of a lot better than their first quarter on Monday against Denver. The Warriors were down just 30-25 after 12 minutes against Portland.In the Warriors 123-84 loss at Denver on Monday, the Warriors got down 30-7 early and wound up down 37-13 after one period.The Warriors trailed by 41 points against Denver, their largest deficit of the season.Officially eliminated: With the loss, the Warriors (22-35) were officially eliminated from the playoff race.
OAKLAND -- Scratch Kevin Durant from the all-82 list, as the forward will miss his first game of the season Saturday night, when the Warriors play host to Brooklyn.
A left hand contusion, sustained in Thursday’s win over the Clippers, will keep Durant on the sideline, mostly for precautionary reasons. He likely will return to the lineup Monday night in Philadelphia, where the Warriors face the 76ers.
Durant injured his pinky finger after falling hard in the opening minutes against LA. He remained in the game for another nine minutes, leaving with 1:33 left in the quarter and retreating to the locker room with a member of the training staff.
X-rays were negative, and Durant returned to the game. He played 34 minutes, piling up 25 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, one block and a steal.
With Durant’s absence, every member of the Warriors has missed at least one game this season.
OAKLAND -- Mess with one Warrior, you mess with the entire organization.
That’s the message the Warriors sent out Friday in the wake of a Twitter beef between center JaVale McGee and TNT analyst Shaquille ONeal that began late Thursday night and carried into the wee hours Friday morning.
Coach Steve Kerr fired back at O’Neal, as did Warriors forward Kevin Durant. The Warriors, as a franchise, contacted O’Neal’s bosses.
Kerr spent a portion of his post-practice news conference Friday afternoon defending McGee from O’Neal’s relentless ridicule on the video segment “Shaqtin’ A Fool.” Durant said O’Neal’s ongoing critiques are “childish,” adding that O’Neal was a great player with his own imperfections.
Prior to the comments by Durant and Kerr, though, it was confirmed by CSNBayArea.com that the Warriors contacted Turner Sports in hopes of getting TNT’s parent company to persuade O’Neal to curb the constant derision directed toward McGee because of its impact on his image and reputation.
The outreach was a direct response to a roughly two-minute segment Thursday night that was strictly limited to castigating McGee.
Upon getting wind of Durant’s comments, O’Neal turned to Twitter to tell Durant that McGee is a “bum” and to “mind yo business.”