A day later, Jenkins' breakout game 'doesn't matter'


A day later, Jenkins' breakout game 'doesn't matter'

Charles Jenkins showed up to Warriors practice on Mondayafter scoring a career-high 27 points the night before and he was the same,old Charles Jenkins.Which is about what youd figure.If theres one thing Jenkins has been since Day 1 of trainingcamp, its consistent. The rookie point guard has put in his time, kept hismouth shut, done what the coach has asked, and, finally, on Sunday against theBlazers had a breakout offensive game.In the NBA, you cant get satisfied, said Jenkins, whowent 13-for-22 from the floor and handed out six assists in the 90-87 loss toPortland. One thing I know about the NBA is whatever you did yesterday, itdoesnt matter. It was great, but we still lost. Cant get satisfied withthat. There were things I could have done in the game that could have helped uswin. If we would have won, my mood would be a little better today.REWIND: Warriors spoil career night from Jenkins, fall in Portland
One of the things Jenkins could have done is get theWarriors a better shot on the games final possession. With Portland crowdingthe 3-point line in the games final seconds, Jenkins couldnt make much happenand was forced to take a contested 3-pointer with the game on the line. It waswell short.The good news for Jenkins is hell likely get another chanceTuesday against the Lakers. Nate Robinson, who had been starting at the point,is suffering from a strained right hamstring.That injury helped put Jenkins into the starting lineupagainst Portland and its likely to funnel more minutes Jenkins way againstL.A. When Jenkins has gotten into games in the past, hes mostly tried to playit safe. Hes taken shots when there, but mostly been a facilitator andfacilitator only on offense.Against the Blazers, Jenkins who is averaging 3.5 pointsper game -- was more aggressive than he had been at any point thisseason.At the beginning of the game, coach told me to have fun andplay basketball, Jenkins said. A lot had to do with that conversation. Aswell as Steph (Curry) telling me Nate is hurt, Im hurt if you make amistake theres a good chance you wont come out of the game.And he didnt, but for eight minutes, and finished with acareer-high 40 minutes.Nobody, of course, is jumping the gun when it comes to howgood Jenkins can be. Hes still a combo guard trying to learn the nuances ofthe point guard position.But if there were concerns before Sunday night that Jenkinscould even play in the league, some of those concerns should be lessened.Jenkins isnt yet ready to challenge Curry for the starting point guard rolenext season. But the question is: Can he be Currys backup?Absolutely, its a realistic goal, Jackson said. Heshould do everything he feels hes got to do to put himself in that position. Its a doable goal. If Im him,Im thinking Ive got to come in bigger, better, stronger, more complete andgive myself a chance to get those minutes that are there no matter who isbattling against me.

Spurs beat Grizz, advance to face Rockets in Western Conference semis

Spurs beat Grizz, advance to face Rockets in Western Conference semis


MEMPHIS, Tenn -- Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 103-96 Thursday night to take the series 4-2.

The Spurs now have beaten Memphis four of the five playoff series between these teams, and this was San Antonio's second straight win over the Grizzlies in the first round.

Tony Parker added 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Patty Mills had 10 points off the bench for the Spurs. San Antonio outrebounded Memphis 46-28, with 16 of those offensive boards. That led to 17 second-chance points.

Their semifinal with Houston will start Monday night in San Antonio.

Mike Conley scored 26 points, leading the five Memphis starters in double digits. Marc Gasol added 18, Zach Randolph 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Vince Carter had 12 points.

The Grizzlies fell to 3-10 in elimination games, losing six straight.

This was a taut game with 16 ties and nine lead changes, especially with four ties in the fourth quarter.

The Spurs took control after the Grizzlies went up 88-81 on three free throws from Conley with 6:29 left. Then Leonard scored eight straight for San Antonio, starting a 22-8 run to finish the game.

Even with Conley and Gasol a combined 2 of 10 in the first quarter, the Grizzlies trailed only 24-22 after Conley knocked down a 3 at the end of the quarter for his first bucket of the game. Conley hit another 3 for the final shot in the second quarter, putting Memphis up 50-45. The team that led at halftime won each of the first five games.

Parker hit his first six shots before finally missing his seventh with 29 seconds left in the first half.

The Grizzlies took their biggest lead at 57-47 on a 3-pointer by James Ennis III. That gave Memphis as many made 3s (9 of 17) as the Spurs had attempted (3 of 9) at that point. Randolph's layup with 7:19 left matched that 10-point lead at 63-53.

Then the Spurs went on a 13-3 run over a 4-minute span to erase that lead on Aldridge's three-point play at 67-66. Aldridge finished with nine points in helping the Spurs lead 75-74 at the end of the quarter.


Spurs: They improved to 36-15 with a chance to clinch a series under coach Gregg Popovich, who took over in the 1996-97 season. ... Manu Ginobili converted a four-point play with 1:31 left in the third, putting the Spurs up 73-69. ... The Spurs wound up tying the Grizzlies' reserves with 16 points thanks to Mills.

Grizzlies: The Grizzlies set a franchise record hitting eight 3-pointers in the first half, topping the previous mark of seven in the second half May 1, 2005, against Phoenix. ... Conley has 20 or more points in five straight playoff games, the longest such streak in franchise history.


Memphis coach David Fizdale earned a $30,000 fine from the NBA for his "Take that for data" rant about the free throw discrepancy in Game 2. Well, Leonard was 9 of 10 at the free throw line through three quarters compared to the Grizzlies' 7 of 8. The Spurs were 18 of 20 through three quarters. The Spurs finished 22 of 25 compared to 20 of 24 for Memphis.

Warriors GM Myers 'very, very confident' Kerr will return to coaching

Warriors GM Myers 'very, very confident' Kerr will return to coaching

Steve Kerr did not coach in Game 3 or Game 4 against the Blazers and is out indefinitely.

On Thursday, Warriors GM Bob Myers spoke with Jim Rome about Kerr's situation.

“What he’s going through right now is not a product of stress, it’s not a product of coaching, it’s more a physical issue that will be solved," Myers started. "When it will be solved, no one can say. But it is solvable, it’s fixable and like I said, he’s going to coach, but right now he just can’t.

"There’s some things that need to be corrected. But I think he’ll get back. I’m very very confident he will be back coaching, I just can’t say when.”

Kerr was not at practice on Wednesday and is consulting with specialists at Stanford this week.

Kerr is finishing up Year 3 of the five-year deal he signed back in May 2014.

"I think this guy is going to coach for a long time, because he thoroughly enjoys it," Myers said. "He really loves the game, and he is a great teacher. And you’ve had him on, I’m sure you’ve met him and talked to him. It’s one thing to know the game, but he has the ability to communicate it and our players clearly respond.

"So I can see that’s why a question you’d ask I totally get it and other people have asked but no I think he’s going to be in this game for a long time, we just have to get him back healthy now.”

The Warriors' next practice and media availability is on Friday.

The next series against the Jazz or Clippers will start on either Sunday or Tuesday.